Safe work practices during Alert Level 4

Essential businesses need to take steps to ensure you protect your workers, including social distancing in the work place, and also considerations about transporting goods and stock. 

If you provide an essential service, there are steps to take to ensure you protect workers by limiting interactions and reducing the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing in the work place, and also considerations about transporting goods and stock.

For specific industry advice, also see

Safe social distancing in work places

All establishments should strive for a minimum social distancing of 2 metres, in accordance with Ministry of Health guidance and MPI advice.

Where 2-metre distancing of work stations cannot be reasonably maintained on processing lines, in accordance with MOH advice, MPI expects that measures be put in place for workers at stations between 1 and 2 metres.

Alternative ways of working to keep employees safe, include shift-based working, staggered meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements and providing personal protective equipment.

It is necessary to follow basic hygiene measures to keep yourself and your co-workers from COVID-19. They are the most important way to stop the spread of infections.

Keeping safe at work - COVID-19

Information on infection prevention and control advice in the community, including social distancing

Travelling to work places

You can leave your house to go to work if you work for an essential service in primary industries such as a farm or orchard. Ensure you have a letter from your employer to say you work for an essential service in the primary industries. It is necessary to follow basic hygiene measures to keep yourself and your co-workers safe from COVID-19.

Hygiene advice from the Ministry of Health

If someone is sick with Covid-19 in an essential business

Essential businesses should ensure staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms do not work. Report the situation to the Healthline or local GP. Please telephone – do not arrive in person.

If someone becomes sick with COVID-19 it’s critical they self-isolate, which means stay at home and recover. 

Staying at home - COVID-19

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.

COVID-19

Business owners should also seek advice from to their key sector groups (such as DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb NZ, Horticulture New Zealand), their co-op, and Federated Farmers regarding aspects such as business continuity, animal welfare and labour needs. 

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