For us, it is a game of two halves.
At Alert Level 3 & 4 we close.
At Alert Level 1 & 2 we are open with hygiene measures, QR codes and social distancing in place.
COVID-19 Level 2 Safety Plan for Dive! Tutukaka
New Zealand went into Alert Level 4 (Lockdown) to attack the disease early, fast, and hard with the objective of eliminating it from New Zealand. That was on March 26th 2020.
By moving to Alert Level 3 on April 27th 2020, the New Zealand community had met four criteria: We know that community transmission was under control, and the transmission rate was very low. We have robust measures at the border stopping new infections. We have tracing and testing capacity to shut down any new outbreak. We have supplies for, and capacity, in the health system.
We moved to AlertLevel 2 on the 14th May 2020 and we still play it safe. But it means under certain conditions and restrictions, we can take people diving again.
NZ moved to Alert Level 1 on the 9th June 2020, and we kept a few Golden Rules.
After 102 days of no community transmission, and almost normal everyday life returning, we moved back up a level.
On the 12th August 2020 Auckland went back to Alert Level 3, and the rest of NZ moved to Alert Level 2 after the discovery of community transmission with four confirmed cases.
Play it safe
You still have freedom of movement at Alert Level 2, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.
These are the most important things that you can remember and do:
- COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
- Keep your distance from other people in public.
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
- If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.
Life at Alert Level 2
Life at Alert Level 2 means you can resume many of your everyday activities — but you have to do so safely.
- All businesses can open to customers if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.
- You can go in-store at businesses.
- Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open for all ages.
- You can travel between regions. With the exception of AUCKLAND. Anyone travelling in and out of Auckland, or transit, is asked to declare their travel movements. Staff will be asking your recent movements.
- Initially, gatherings like weddings, religious ceremonies and social gatherings can have up to 100 people.
- You can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family.
- You can visit local cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to have a meal.
- You can participate in your regular recreation activities.
Controls at Alert Level 2
Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.
- We need to maintain physical distancing.
- We will keep tight controls in place at our borders.
- Our wide-scale testing will continue.
- We will find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell as well as their close contacts.
- There will be measures in place to allow some safe travel and socialising.
- Only small, controlled gatherings will be permitted.
- Early childhood centres, schools and tertiary organisations will see most people returning — with controls in place.
- Physical distancing, hygiene standards and contact registers (where required) will make businesses safe.
Our People Staying safe and well
- Regularly disinfect surfaces.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have flu-like symptoms – call your GP or Healthline – 0800 358 5453
It is important to be able to carry out effective contact tracing in the event of a reported COVID-19 infection. We will:
- Keep a register of contact details for client/customer contacts/visits.
- Keep a record of where we have been, when and who with.
- Staff to maintain a Contact Log
Safe Work Practices
Our workplace must be able to operate safely.
PPE is optional as the other safety measures already in place (If you are Sick Stay at Home, Hygiene, Less then 15mins Close Contact) mitigated the need for PPE.
PPE as optional for staff, but the overarching safety measures are Hygiene and Ability to refuse site access for anyone presenting ANY cold and flu symptoms.
To reduce the risk to our people and customers we will:
- Identify and manage any high-risk employees/staff/ clients (e.g. immune-compromised, respiratory issues).
- This includes the questioning of recent whereabouts, and if they have recently come out of either self-isolation, managed quarantine, or from a region with Alert Level 3 or higher.
- Keep a minimum of one metre between workers and in a controlled environment, a minimum of one metre between workers and customers.
- To ensure good hygiene practices in the workplace we will:
- Wash hands regularly.
- Sneeze/cough into our elbow.
- Ensure workers have access to hand sanitizer, soap and water.
- Regularly disinfect/clean high use areas (e.g. EFTPOS Terminals, counters, kitchen areas, bathrooms).
- Make sure workers have the right PPE and know how to use it effectively.
- Gloves where they are touching surfaces or items touched by others if preferred
- Sanitise pre and post-task.
- Masks (not recommended unless you are working with identified high-risk areas or people) only if preferred
- Look after the mental health of staff:
- Many employees will be worried about their future employment, personal finances, their ability to work, using new technology and ways of working (e.g. online meetings) etc.
- We will make sure we keep in regular contact and have honest conversations with them.
- We will provide support in the form of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) if required.
- If they are sick workers will:
- Notify their manager.
- Stay at home.
- If workers have flu-like symptoms they will be required to:
- Go into self-isolation.
- Get tested for COVID-19
- For other emergencies, our normal emergency procedures will be followed.