Frequently Asked Questions: Level 3 COVID-19 Information
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Operating under Level 3
Any business that registered as essential at Level 4 can continue to operate under Level 3 as long as they continue to comply with protocols. Businesses are recommended to continue to apply protocols from Level 4 during Level 3. No changes have been made to the orchard or MPI guidelines.
At Alert Level 3, everyone must still work from home unless that is not possible. Workplaces can be reopened if the work cannot be done from home and the workplace can operate consistently with public health guidance around physical distancing and hygiene. For detailed information, click here.
What does a business need to do to open under level 3?
If a business was not operating under Level 4, but intends to operate under Level 3, they should do a self-assessment of the their systems in place to operate safely at level 3. Once the self-assessment has been completed, businesses must develop a Covid-19 health & safety plan and share it with workers and/or contractors. For detailed information, click here.
The key controls that a business must take to protect workers and customers are:
• supporting people with flu-like symptoms to self-isolate
• ensuring separation distances
• disinfecting surfaces
• maintaining good hygiene, particularly hand hygiene and good cough/sneeze etiquette
• keeping records to facilitate contact tracing.
Registration with MPI
Registration of businesses with MPI is not required under Level 3.
- Where can I go for more information?
If you need assistance please contact Zespri 0800 155 355 or NZKGI 0800 232 505 or contact your packhouse.
- Is there a guideline for how I can keep my staff safe?
NZKGI and Zespri have worked together to establish a Kiwifruit Orchard Guideline for Minimising Spread of COVID-19 available here. We recommend that any orchard activities operating under Level 3 continue to meet the requirements of this guideline.
- Who is responsible for providing toilets and handwashing facilities for workers?
Growers are responsible for ensuring there are appropriate toilet and handwashing facilities for workers to use.
- Can I check on my bins while picking is underway?
You should check with your contractor as to their procedures. You must stand at least 2m away from any other person.
- Can I go out to my production block by myself to check on my vines and mow?
Most business activities can be undertaken under Alert Level 3 as long as protocols are met. This includes any on orchard activities including orchard development and maintenance. You must ensure you have a Covid-19 Safety Plan in place and share this with any workers/contractors.
- Can growers over 70 years’ old still work on their orchards? Can people over 70 who contribute to essential services in the horticulture industry keep working?
Government strongly advises people over 70 to self-isolate for their own protection – refer here. These workers may be eligible for a leave subsidy – more here.
- Will workers need some sort of documentation for going to and from their places of work? If so, what will they need?
A travel permit is not required but the Police will be stopping people and checking on their need to travel. You may want to provide your employees with a letter to clarify that they are working in an essential service. There is a template available for your use, please alter as required. Template here.