Forestry during Alert Level 3
Under Alert Level 3, all primary sector business can operate so long as they can meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Forestry and wood processing can operate within the Alert Level boundaries, but they will have to apply for an exemption to travel across the Alert Level 4 boundaries unless providing essential services such as packaging for food and drink or to ensure that essential supplies of wooden pallets can continue.
Forestry and wood processing freight can cross the boundary, but not employees going to work.
If you are a business that requires travel across the alert level boundary for work, information about permitted travel, the Business Travel Register, and exemptions is available on MBIE’s website.
The Business Travel Register will generate Business Travel Documents for workers to display at checkpoints. This includes a QR code, which enables Police at the cordon to verify the document digitally against the travel register.
It’s important to note that you cannot use the same travel documentation used during previous alert level events and must apply again.
Businesses and workers need to continue to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 Alert Level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry.
Guidelines to assist industry to develop their own site specific safe operating procedures can be found on the Safetree site.
If your business cannot operate safely, it should not operate during Alert Level 3.
Further help and advice for businesses
The COVID-19 website is a source of information for businesses relating to essential services and on financial support available.