Covid-19 Announcement 31 August 2020
Auckland moves to new COVID-19 alert levels
From Midnight Sunday 30 August 2020 the Auckland supercity region moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2. The Prime Minister described it as Alert Level “2.5”. Masks should be worn and there will still be restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. This will remain in place until at least Sunday 6 September 2020.
The rest of New Zealand remains at COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 and the Board’s COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines will still apply.
What does this mean for you?
If you practise in the Auckland supercity region (Auckland Council area), you will move from COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 to COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2. The Board’s COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines now applies to all of New Zealand.
Those of you outside Auckland may wish to consider posting a note on your clinic entrance advising that those who have recently visited Auckland may wish to consider rescheduling their appointment.
Personal Protection Equipment
As the Ministry of Health issues directives regarding the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), all PPE enquiries must be made to the Ministry of Health.
There are no changes to the Board’s COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 policy. You are however, still required to ensure you keep accurate contact tracing lists.
The NZ COVID Tracer app supports contact tracing by allowing New Zealanders to create a digital diary of the places they’ve been. The Government has introduced a new self-service webform to make it straight-forward to generate the QR codes, and there’s a bulk-upload option for businesses and organisations that have a large number of premises.
Displaying QR codes at your clinic is now mandatory in all regions. Click here for more information about NZ COVID Tracer QR codes.
The Board expects all of you to adhere to all Ministry of Health directives and Board policies and guidelines.
Allied Health COVID-19 website
The Ministry of Health has a dedicated page for Allied Health, please ensure you are familiar with this, and regularly check it for updates: COVID-19: Advice for community allied health, scientific and technical providers
The Board wishes to acknowledge the stress the changing Alert Levels have placed on practitioners and their families, particularly in the Auckland region. We also wish to acknowledge the professionalism of the majority of the professions’ care of the New Zealand public through the Pandemic.
For our part, we will do our utmost to update you regularly and as quickly as possible when new information comes to hand. We will work with the Ministry and the wider profession to ensure our guidelines remain robust, workable and as up to date as possible as the situation evolves. Most importantly, we want to ensure we continue to work together to keep everyone safe and limit any further community spread of the virus.
Thank you for your ongoing support.