Covid-19 Update

Thank you to all our members who have been in contact through these unprecedented times.

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday for New Zealand to go into nationwide distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

New Zealand will go into a nationwide lockdown within one day as the government takes radical steps to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Everyone will be required to go into self-isolation, all non-essential businesses will close and schools will be shut, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday in Wellington. These measures, which will remain in place for at least four weeks, are aimed at breaking the chain of community transmission, she said.

These measures are aimed at supporting the lives of many.

• NZ is in coronavirus lockdown for next four weeks after PM lifts alert status.
• Announced 23 March – our coronavirus alert level will move up to 3 immediately and to 4 within 48 hours.
• Schools, childcare centres and universities will be closed from Tuesday.
• Announced 23 March – all non-essential businesses or services must shut in the next 48 hours.
• Kiwis should stay at home unless visiting an essential service, PM says.
• This will save tens of thousands of lives.
• Finance Minister announces new economic plan to help struggling companies and workers.

If you’re not sure who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).

Government advise that general fencing is not an essential service. Notes below are formed from the covid19.govt.nz site.

Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing Lead agency: Ministry for Primary Industries
• Any entity involved in the packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products, whether for domestic consumption or export
• Any entity involved in relevant support services, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
• Any entity providing veterinary services
• Any entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards (including the short-term survival of a species).

Public safety and national security Lead agency: National Emergency Management Agency
• The Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Government Communications Security Bureau
• Courts of New Zealand
• Any person employed or contracted in a public safety or national security role

We urge our members to support the Governments move to keep communities safe. Take care of your families and neighbours.

Additional information

New Zealand Government site

Essential Businesses

Latest updates – Ministry of Health

Employment New Zealand

Financial Support

The Treasury