COVID-19

Information for Parents/Caregivers and Students

We are currently at Alert Level 2


At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission.

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you must:
  • keep your distance from other people in public
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear a face covering if you can.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Businesses
Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping.


Gatherings
No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.


If you're unwell
  • 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.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

Personal movement
At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you must follow public health measures and consider others around you.

Physical distancing
Keep your distance when out and about:
  • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
  • 1 metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.
Masks
At Alert Levels 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.

Gatherings, events, and public venues
Events at home and outside of your home can have up to 100 people:
  • weddings
  • family events
  • religious services
  • funerals and tangihanga
  • private functions, like a birthday at a hired premises.
A person in charge of a social gathering must ensure records are kept for contact tracing purposes, except where every person in a gathering knows each other. This includes in your home, community hall, or other space.

You must not participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.

Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and maintain safe physical distancing where possible.

Public venues
Many public venues can open at Alert Level 2. This includes:
  • museums and libraries
  • cinemas
  • restaurants, cafes and bars.
All public venues must keep records to enable contact tracing.


Exercise, sport and recreation
You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.
This includes:
  • walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
  • swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
  • going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
  • boating and motorised watersports.
Community sports are limited to groups of 100 in a defined space. A sports field can have multiple defined spaces by keeping:
  • people in groups of up to 100
  • groups separate either through consistent 2m physical distancing when outdoors or barriers.
  • These groups are prevented from intermingling or sharing common facilities at the same time.

Travel and transport
You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
You can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 2. You must not travel to regions at a higher Alert Level.
You must:
  • keep records of what travel services you use and who you have been in contact with
  • keep your distance from groups of people you don’t know
  • minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.
Tips for minimising risk while travelling:
  • If you can, try to avoid travelling on public transport at peak times. Consider alternative ways of travelling, like cycling or walking.
  • While waiting for public transport avoid standing close to strangers, and avoid sitting next to someone you don’t know when on board. Follow the instructions from your transport operators.
  • Maintain good hygiene – wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Keep track of your journey, including where and when you boarded and where you’re sitting.
  • If you can, try to take public transport at off-peak times.
  • Avoid sitting or standing next to someone you don’t know.
  • If you’re flying or taking other forms of transport that involve bookings, follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
  • You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if you need to self-isolate.
Education
Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities are open to all ages. It is safe to attend all forms of education. Additional public health measures are in place. It is important that all learners can continue their education.

On the advice of public health officials, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

Early learning services and schools
All Early Learning Centres and schools will be physically open, including Years 11 to 13. Distance learning will be available for those unable to attend school, for example where people are self-isolating.
Early learning services and schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

Self-isolation, quarantine and testing
  • At Alert Level 2, people who are a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, must self-isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by a doctor.
  • People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested — contact your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

NZ COVID Tracer app

The ability to quickly trace close contacts of a confirmed case is a key defence against further transmission of COVID-19. We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that
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