The NZ Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59 pm on Monday 27/4/2020. Until then New Zealand remains in Alert Level 4.
Alert Level 3 will be in place for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how the situation is tracking and will make further decisions on 11/5/2020.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) have advised the following today: –
At Alert Level 3, you can sell any goods or provide services to customers by phone/online order and contactless delivery or collection. You cannot open your physical retail storefront to customers unless you are a supermarket, dairy, or petrol station. Customers can also collect goods through a drive-through or contact-less pick-up, such as click and collect, instead of delivery.
Additionally, please note that under Alert Level 3 according to Business Govt NZ
- Couriers and parcel services can operate. Deliveries should be contactless;
- Removal/moving companies can operate – Alert Level 3 People can move homes at Alert Level 3. This includes rental moves. They can travel between regions, including using domestic air services for the purposes of moving house. All freight can be moved around the country at Alert Level 3 and moving companies can operate as long as they do so safely.
To operate safely at all alert levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses must comply with:
- Settings for the current alert level (including public health measures), and
- Any appropriate public health requirements for their workplace (e.g. physical distancing), and
- All other health and safety obligations.
At all alert levels, businesses need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time:
- Regular disinfecting of surfaces
- Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising
- Not having sick people in the workplace
- Meeting physical distancing requirements.
Businesses should carefully consider how to safely operate at each alert level based on their individual circumstances.
WorkSafe has created guidance about safe working during this pandemic. The Ministry of Health also has specific infectious disease control advice for workplaces