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Covid-19 Response Plan

Current Situation

  • Current Traffic Lights - reviewed 26 Apr 2022

    Reviewed 26 Apr 2022

    The entire country is under an Orange Traffic Light.

    Click map to see more.

  • Summary of changes: Orange Traffic Light - 26 Apr 2022

    26 Apr 2022

    New Zealand is at the Orange Traffic Light.

    The summary of changes to the Church's Orange Traffic Light response:

    • Vaccine passes are not required
    • No number limits at indoor or outdoor events
    • Masks need not be worn outdoors
      • Maintain physical distancing when possible
    • While indoors
      • keep numbers appropriate to the size of the room/building
      • keep numbers appropriate to the ventilation capability of the room/building
      • keep wearing facemasks and physically distance

    Keeping QR codes visible is optional
    Keep your QR codes as they may be used at a later wave or variant of Covid-19 through the community.

    Attendance registrations are recommended but not mandatory at church-run events for the following reasons

    • Public health boards are still following up on events, and registers will be helpful if this happens to us
    • Being able to inform attendees to be watchful of their symptoms due to a potential exposure is the right thing to do
    • It is recommended but not mandatory because:
      • We will not be informed of every exposure event therefore, people should be watchful of their Covid-19 symptoms regardless of where they have been and when (maintaining a register will not stop this)
      • The Government has withdrawn the requirement to maintain attendance registers

    If your parish wants to discuss maintaining attendance registration for church events, consider how easy would it be to remember who attended a church event if you needed to call people.

     

  • Presidential Letter 25 March 2022

    25 March 2022

    "We are now at the point where we can step back from the most severe elements mandated during the past four months. They have saved lives and kept us safer – testified to by the fact that we have one of the very lowest death rates from Covid-19 on the planet."

    Read the full letter here...

  • Close Contact Exemption Scheme - 14 March 2022

    The Church is now registered in the Close Contact Exemption Scheme. This is to allow the household contacts of Covid-positive cases to take daily RATs and then be able to go to work. To be eligible you will need to be undertaking Church business; roles such as presbyter, lay preacher, outreach (foodbanks and opshops) or administrators.

    All Synod Superintendents and Te Taha Māori have the necessary registration number which is required when ordering your RATs. Please direct your queries to your synod leaders in the first instance, and Trudy in the second instance.

    Read more on the scheme

    Got symptoms - order RATs for collection through the newly launched RAT requester site.

    Isolation period for critical workers

    Critical workers who have someone in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19, may be able to continue working if they are:

    1. are fully vaccinated
    2. do not have symptoms;
    3. return a negative RAT before each shift or day of work.

    Employers will be able to tell someone if they are a critical worker and if so, what they need to do. When not at work, workers will need to isolate like any other household contact. Critical healthcare workers that are household contacts or cases have some additional exemptions. More detail can be found here.

    The key message for everyone is if you feel sick, stay at home.

  • Latest Govt. info on Isolating - updated 14 Mar 2022

    Isolation period for cases and household contacts

    updated 14 March 2022

    If a person is isolating and still has symptoms after 7 days they are advised to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

    Household contacts will need to have a rapid antigen test at day 3 and day 7 – or if they become
    symptomatic - and if the result is positive, they are required to isolate for seven days from that point.

    Other household members do not have to reset their isolation and can leave isolation on day 8, the same day as the first case can leave isolation, provided they have returned negative RATs results and are not symptomatic

    Click on the following images to see larger versions

           

     Also see the Government's advice on If you have Covid-19.

  • RATs (Rapid Antigen Tests) - updated 10 Mar 2022

    10 Mar 2022

    Three options to access RATs

    Ordering RATs updated 10 Mar 2022

    1. Got symptoms - order RATs for collection through the newly launched RAT requester site.
        You will need a mobile number, or phone 0800 222 478 (option 3) to speak to someone 8am - 8pm.
        You may place the order for either yourself or someone else.
        As a Critical Service worker (ref Close Contact Exemption Scheme) you will need
        a reference number from your Synod Superintendent (available from 10 March 2022).

    2. A household contact has Covid-19. Order your RATs from the above site.
        Be prepared to isolate for 10 days, unless you qualify for the Close Contact Exemption Scheme (contact your Synod
        Superintendent).

    3. RATs are available for public purchase - check out your pharmacy or supermarket.

    Healthpoint Covid-19 Testing sites

    Close Contact Exemption Scheme

    Updated 10 March 2022

    The Church is now registered in the Close Contact Exemption Scheme. This is to allow the household contacts of Covid-positive cases to take daily RATs and then be able to go to work. To be eligible you will need to be undertaking Church business; roles such as presbyter, lay preacher, outreach (foodbanks and opshops) or administrators.

    All Synod Superintendents and Te Taha Māori have the necessary registration number which is required when ordering your RATs. Please direct your queries to your synod leaders in the first instance, and Trudy in the second instance.

    Read more on the scheme.

    Report your RAT results

    The Ministry of Health would like to remind everyone to self-report positive results for RATs through My Covid Record, so we understand the size of the outbreak. People who need help recording their result can also call 0800 222 478.

    Go to MyCovidRecord

    Read more about RATs

    RATs will become the primary testing tool as so many more people will become Covid-positive. 

    Read the MoH information on RATs.