Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand during Alert Level 4.
If your business is considered essential, you must operate in a way that minimises the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Businesses should:
- minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions among staff and with and between customers
- ensure appropriate health, hygiene and safety measures are in place
- restrict activity to only what is essential during the Alert Level 4 period.
These practices may include:
- working from home as far as possible
- limiting, or eliminating if possible, physical interaction between staff, eg through physical distancing, split shifts, staggered meal breaks and flexible working arrangements
- limiting, or eliminating if possible, physical interaction with and between customers, eg through online or phone orders, contactless delivery or managed entry (while also avoiding crowding outside), and physical distancing both inside and outside the premises
- hygiene basics of hand washing and sanitisers
- frequent cleaning of premises, especially counters and eftpos terminals, and other high-touch surfaces (cleaning advice is available on the Ministry of Health website)
- protective equipment for staff as appropriate.
If you are unsure if you can operate in a manner that minimises the risk of transmission of COVID-19, you should close while you put in place appropriate measures.
If you are unsure if your business is considered essential, email email@example.com or call 0508 377 388.
For questions related to primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 00 83 33.
If you are wanting to register as an essential business, there are a number of H&S measures you must have in place. If you need a hand with that registration process, please get in touch with us.
Working from Home and Mental Health
As of 26th of March we have all found ourselves not just with a new way of working, but living. What we will be facing for the unforseeable future may seem daunting and anxiety levels may rise. Remember to be kind to yourselves and allow yourself the flexibility to deal with connectivity issues, system failures and the added pressure of having family distracting you while you attempt to work.
As New Zealanders, our sense of purpose in our work is strong... We’re wanting to remain dedicated to our work. We know that there will be an adjustment period - challenges that you would not have to face if you were in a working environment.
If working from home is a relatively new concept for you and your team, please feel free to down load the info sheets we have added for some easy to understand tips and guidelines. >>>