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COVID-19 is type of coronavirus affecting humans that was first reported in China at the end of 2019. It has spread worldwide and affects all people and all sectors. Vaccination offers the greatest protection from serious illness and reduces the risk of transmission. This page offers the latest update for the potato industry and useful resources.

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Latest news

From midnight Friday 25 March, the traffic light settings will be simplified. Changes to Red are:

  • Capacity limits removed for all outdoor events
  • Indoor capacity limits for the likes of bars and restaurants increases to 200
  • Outdoor face mask requirements removed.

The seven-day isolation period for Covid positive cases and household contacts remains in place. So too does the Close Contact Exemption Scheme.
 

My Vaccine Pass requirements

From 11:59pm on 4 April, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. But after this date, businesses will still be able to use the system if they want.
 

Worker vaccine mandates

From 4 April, vaccine mandates will be removed, except for health and disability, aged care, corrections and border workforces.

However, businesses will be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements if it’s appropriate to the workforce. Click here to read about workplace vaccination.
 

QR codes

From this weekend, you will no longer be required to scan Covid QR codes, and businesses will be no longer required to provide them.
 

Orange and Green

All restrictions other than mask wearing requirements will be removed at Orange. Green sees no restrictions or requirements.

The whole country is operating under the Traffic Light Framework.

See the map for traffic lights here https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/traffic-lights-map/

Potatoes NZ is following all recommended government guidelines and mandates.

The Government makes decisions based on the highly infectious nature of the Delta & Omicron Covid variants and the dramatic impact these could have on the country through widespread community transmission.  The recommended health and safety mitigation to reduce serious illness and reduce transmission, is to fully vaccinate and get booster shots.
The Government COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 10) 2021 (LI 2021/227) has now been notified in the Gazette and published to the legislation website.

Website: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0237/latest/LMS544887.html?src=qsl

Gazette: https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2021-dl3685

MPI Guidelines for Primary Sector work protocols

Under the new Traffic Light Framework from 3rd December 2021. Read all here.

Please follow these guidelines and see them as minimum standards to ensure everyone in New Zealand is kept safe, as well as to ensure horticulture can operate as an essential industry so New Zealanders can have access to fresh vegetables and fruit, during lockdowns and after.  

Primary Sector Business

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) – are establishing a Critical Workforce Register to prioritise allocation of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to businesses and an online portal for applications, similar to that used for the Business Travel Registration system. 

RATs will be used to help critical workforces, businesses, and supply chains stay open.

For more information on the Critical Services Register, the approach to returning to work and managing a COVID-19 case in your business, follow these Government links:

Register for the critical worker exemption scheme here

Ordering RATs
Testi
ng and returning to work during Omicron – business.govt.nz

Testing and isolation requirements for those registered on exemption register
Managing the impact of COVID-19 cases at your business – business.govt.nz


Lastly, if you have particular concerns or something is unclear, please email Pbivq@ubegam.pb.am  

Download your Vaccine Passport verifier for Apple & Android. The NZ Pass Verifier is a free Ministry of Health app for businesses to scan and verify customers’ My Vaccine Pass and is now available for download on both Apple and Android devices.

Download on the Apple app store

Download on the Google play app store

Download your QR code for your business here.

MPI page for all Primary Industries Covid-19 info go here.

Main source of masks here.

Employer Info

Workplace response to Covid-19 visit Employment NZ here.

Work & Income Covid Leave Support Scheme info here.

Work & Income NZ Covid support info here.

Exporter Advice

Exporters information on Covid-19 go here.

MPI generic exporter letter of assurance: inform customers and competent authorities on a one off basis that New Zealand  has COVID-19 issues under control as far as possible cross contamination and worker safety here.

NZGAP info here.

NZTE Covid-19 info here.

NZTE air freight during Covid-19 here.

Testing

Employers are reminded that they must have processes in place for compliance of their workforce to the travel testing requirement, and they need to ensure all affected workers are aware they must be tested to cross the boundary and are provided with the opportunity, as far as is reasonably practicable, to get tested.

More details about testing requirements for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries can be found on the dedicated page for boundary surveillance testing on the Ministry of Health’s website here.  This page also includes links to supporting documents for employers and workers.

Safe Food Service Operation

The restaurant association has a hospo hub here.

Please refer to our Chip Group page here for detailed advice.

Essential Support Services

United Fresh Covid-19 info here.

Food Service Operators go here.

Food redistribution nationwide. Contacts found here.

Horticulture New Zealand is also collating info and you will be receiving updates from them via email. If you can’t find what you need on our PNZ page, visit their website here. They have staff assigned to Covid-19 tasks who can help you if needed, see the Hort NZ page Covid-19 contacts page here.

Useful Numbers

POTATOES NEW ZEALAND 0800 399 674
HORTICULTURE NEW ZEALAND +64 4 472 3795 and see their key Covid-19 contacts here
RURAL SUPPORT: 0800 787 254
If you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call the Police immediately on 111. If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counselor.
LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (AVAILABLE 24/7)
SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
DEPRESSION.ORG.NZ: 0800 111 757 text 4202

We will add relevant documents to this list. Please download or link to these as needed. If you want signage for your workplace, download from the document list below.

Name Downloads
Name Downloads
Feb 2022 Do I need a test and where do I get one?
74 downloads
297 downloads
84 downloads
Decision tree for close contacts outdoors
80 downloads
Decision tree for close contacts indoors
73 downloads
Positive case on farm or at your workplace - what to do. December 10th 2021.
119 downloads
112 downloads
Sept 2021 Testing Voucher for E-workers
130 downloads
564 downloads
149 downloads
MPI Covid Guidance for Horticulture 18th August 2021
163 downloads
August 2021 Essential Worker letter template - Covid19
244 downloads
352 downloads
Covid-19 Contact Tracing Register Retail
431 downloads
Covid-19 Contact Tracing Register Non-retail
469 downloads
MPI guidance for transit during COVID-19 alert levels PDF
280 downloads
Essential Services Employee Movement Form Aug 2020 PDF
440 downloads
MPI guidance for transit during COVID-19 alert levels PDF
306 downloads
490 downloads
MPI guidance for transit during COVID-19 alert levels
279 downloads
316 downloads
Essential Services Employee Movement Form Aug 2020
303 downloads
Covid-19 Alert Level 3 Fact Sheet
382 downloads
345 downloads
369 downloads
355 downloads
431 downloads
395 downloads
546 downloads
358 downloads
Slow the spread Covid-19 poster
533 downloads
STOP notice for entries Covid-19
504 downloads
Self-isolation poster Covid-19
521 downloads
Hand washing poster Covid-19
401 downloads
Cough into elbow poster COVID-19
384 downloads
Keep Your Distance Poster UNITED FRESH
368 downloads
Protect Yourself Against Covid-19 workplace poster March 2020
464 downloads
811 downloads

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