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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

updated 26 Apr 2022

Someone is Covid positive

  • What do we do if a positive case is present in one of our congregations? updated 26 Apr 2022

    26 Apr 2022

    Everyone should monitor their symptoms. This is key as the RATs require a higher threshold of the virus to be present that the previous PCR tests, also RATs are effective for a limited period of days when you are infected.

    Now: Household bubbles should create a plan on what they will do if someone in their bubble becomes Covid positive. How they will supply the house with essentials, who their outside support buddies might be, that they have medicines on hand etc.

    Now: Parishes should ensure their contact trees are up to date and functioning as planned.

    Now: Ministers (lay and ordained) should have a plan for remote services again, just like we did through lockdowns. Share with the Connexion!

    Cleaning: 

    • Wear a face mask. Keep hands away from face.
    • Improve air flow: Open windows and doors where possible
    • If <24 hours: Wait about an hour before you clean and disinfect the areas that a person was using or was in and may have touched
    • If >24 hours : Routine cleaning is adequate, disinfection not required (unless your cleaning policy requires).
    • If > 3 days: No additional cleaning (aside from routine cleaning) is needed
  • How do we pay an employee who is isolating and can't work from home? updated 09 feb 2022

    09 Feb 2022

    Peter van Hout responds:

    One of the key challenges is working out employee entitlements to leave when the worker cannot go to the workplace or work from home. 

    If a worker is sick with COVID-19, or required to self-isolate under Ministry of Health guidelines for COVID-19, the first consideration for an employer should be to look after people, contain COVID-19 and protect public health. 

    Employers should not require or knowingly allow workers to come to a workplace when they are sick with COVID-19 or required to self-isolate (as a suspected case, a close contact, or on return from overseas) under public health guidelines for COVID-19. If they do, they are likely to be in breach of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. 

    Read more about entitlements to leave and pay at employment.govt.nz

Facemasks

  • Do we have to wear facemasks at Orange? added 26 Apr 2022

    Yes.

  • What kind of masks can we wear? updated 09 Feb 2022

    09 Feb 2022

    There are new face mask requirements from the 4th of February 2022.

    Face masks must cover a person’s nose and mouth and be secured to their head by ear loops or a head loop.

    At Red, a worker must wear a medical-grade (AS4381:2015) face covering when they are carrying out customer-facing work to which a vaccine mandate applies. This includes:

    • Door greeters
    • Ushers
    • Public facing administration staff
    • Presbyters (in face to face circumstances with limited physical distancing)
  • Should we wear facemasks when we hold a meeting?

    26 Jan 2022

    Wear facemasks when you have face to face meetings.

    It is particularly important if you are meeting with people you don't regularly meet with, or if people have been travelling.

    Facemasks are unnecessary when you hold meetings on Zoom.

  • Do we have to wear facemasks when we sing?

    17 Jan 2022

    Yes (unless you have an exemption).

  • Do we have to wear facemasks when talking to Deaf or hard of hearing people?

    17 Jan 2022

    No, but increase physical distancing and increase ventilation. Only one speaker at a time without a mask.

  • What is a facemask exemption?

    17 Jan 2022

    Face coverings are unsuitable for some people due to a disability or health condition.

    An exemption card has been developed that can be shown to transport operators, retailers and service providers.

    Exemption cards are not mandatory but make it easier whenever you need to explain that a face covering is unsuitable for you.

  • What is a 'good' facemask?

    17 Jan 2022

    There is some debate on this at the moment. With Omicron looming at our borders and European countries banning cotton facemasks. At this stage a 'good' facemask:

    • fits your face to reduce air leaks around the edges of the mask. Ideally your mask should move in and out as you breathe.
    • re-usable fabric masks ideally have three layers of fabric.
    • medical masks are good if they fit well. They are not reusable and must comply to AS 4381:2015 or an international equivalent standard.

    Avoid dust masks, particularly ones with a one-way valve.

Vaccine Passes (no longer mandatory)

  • Do we still need vaccine passes? (Ref President's letter 25 March 2022)

    No, vaccine passes are no longer mandatory.

     

  • Can we use vaccine passes if we want? (Ref President's letter 25 March 2022)

    Yes, but encourage the conversation to be held regarding what the risk is to the parish that supports continued use of vaccine passes or not, rather than continuing just because someone wants to.

    Consider:

    • Is there a larger number of people with underlying conditions?
    • How good is the ventilation in the building?
    • Is the space in the building enough to distance everyone appropriately?
    • How long do you want to continue with vaccine passes (what is the trigger that says to stop using them)?
    • How do we continue to include those people who are unable to attend (for what ever reason)?

Serving Food and Drink

  • What is the best way to serve food and drink?

    17 Jan 2022

    Café style. People are seated, masks off only when eating or drinking, people are served (not help yourself) Avoid situations where everyone touches the same serving utensil, or where everybody breathes over the food as they are selecting something.

    Some good ideas: Pre-packaged single serves, bring your own picnic. 

  • Can we serve supper for lots of people?

    17 Jan 2022

    Yes but you will need to have the space for it!

    Follow the advice above for the 'best way to serve food and drink' and consider the different ways to serve food, that still allows for the communal interaction that we all desire. 

Other Building Users

Funerals

  • Who sets the funeral rules - us or the funeral director?

    17 Jan 2022

    If a funeral director has been hired, then they are in charge. As a minimum they must comply with our building rules and facemasks for all attendees.

    Usually funeral directors will be more stricter than us! 

  • What physical distancing is needed? 26 Apr 2022

    26 Apr 2022

    Even though there is no limitation on the number of people that can be present at an event, we recommend allowing space in the room to improve the chances of good ventilation.

    The 1m distancing theory helps govern the ventilation space in the room adequate for the number of people in the room.

    Theoretically, place as many people in a room as you can at 1m distancing (regardless of family bubbles, steps, pews and other furniture). This is the maximum number of people you can have in the room for real (also dependant on any traffic light requirements for a maximum number of people). 

    Once you have that many in the room, they could all potentially squish into one corner if they wanted. However, we would prefer that they didn’t and they must wear facemasks if they do, and wash their hands.

Physical Distancing

  • What are some ways to 'make' distance within worship services?

    18 Jan 2022
    • Space the seating out
    • Use every second pew
    • Go outside
    • Worship online
  • What are the actual physical distancing requirements? 26 Apr 2022

    26 Apr 2022

    Even though there is no limitation on the number of people that can be present at an event, we recommend allowing space in the room to improve the chances of good ventilation.

    The 1m distancing theory helps govern the ventilation space in the room adequate for the number of people in the room.

    Theoretically, place as many people in a room as you can at 1m distancing (regardless of family bubbles, steps, pews and other furniture). This is the maximum number of people you can have in the room for real (also dependant on any traffic light requirements for a maximum number of people). 

    Ventilation will help to make a room safer - this means clean air exchanges between the outside of the building to the inside of the building such as opening external windows and doors to create a cross breeze through a room.

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