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Covid-19 Advice: 20th March 2020

COVID-19 advice March 2020
20th March 2020
We are aware of the potential impact COVID-19 could have on your health and business.
We trust you are following Ministry of Health guidelines and have the pantry stocked with non-perishables and medicines. Being prepared and staying calm is imperative.
Here’s the latest advice and resources for your family and business security.

Restaurants & Cafes 
Food Service Operators read advice here

At this stage we are cancelling the People’s Choice Competition and will review this at the end of June 2020.

At places of business
Use signage at your business entrances to remind non-essential visitors to call first and others to follow Ministry of Health advice. Follow any further instructions to halt trade if Ministry of Health stipulate.

Download posters for your workplace here: 
Protect yourself against coronavirus poster march 2020.pdf

PNZ COVID-19 Prevention and Handwashing Poster March 2020.pdf

PNZ COVID-19 Who needs to stay at home? March 2020.pdf

WHO image for social media 

Protecting the supply-chain
We are currently focusing on protecting the supply-chain alongside United Fresh, so you can continue to provide NZ fries to your customers.
Ensure you have ample supply of rubber gloves for Food Safety. Read MPI advice here on food safety.

If you do find you have excess produce, try distributing it locally. The National organisation for waste minimisation in food is www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz or email them at jenny@wasteminz.org.nz or jill@wasteminz.org.nz

Government response. 
Wage subsidies 
– $558 per week for a full-time worker
– $350 per week for part-time worker

Leave payment scheme 
Sick pay at $585 per week for full-time workers and $350 per week for part-time workers, for 14 days for those self-isolating, and for the entire period of sickness for those who contract COVID-19.

This is for all employees, the self-employed and contractors (but not for those who can work from home), where the business has had a 30% or greater decline in revenue due to COVID-19, month-on-month for any month between January and June 2020.

Apply here with Work and Income New Zealand.

Government Website 
Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.


Fever, cough or shortness of breath? Stay at home and seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.

Self-isolation is an important tool if there is a real risk you have had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 (corona virus) i.e. been within 1 metre of an infected person for over 15 minutes. 
Business Response
Put risk management plans in place, review sick leave policies and communicate these with staff and service providers including regular contractors and visitors (especially those that have been visiting multiple sites).

Sources of Factual Information 
Read New Zealand and International fact-based information and resources to help with contingency planning. The MBIE website is useful from a business viewpoint, the Health Department from a health viewpoint.



Info for employers 

How does it spread?

Common FAQs about Covid-19