COVID 19 Update – June 2021

Last Updated: June 24, 2021
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Alert Level 2 Wellington region

Alert Level 2 applies from 6 pm tonight until 11.59 pm on Sunday, 27 June.

1. Schools are open to everyone.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still a risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

2. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day-to-day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.

However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents, and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events, and sporting activities.

3. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
Our Director of Education and Public Health would work with us if this occurred.

5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face-covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

Face coverings must be worn on public transport and are encouraged to be worn when waiting for public transport and in taxis and rideshare services. If you are in Wellington also consider wearing a face-covering when interacting with people you don’t know and where physical distancing is not possible.

6. Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms, including aches and pains, and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

7. You must have a contact tracing system in place.
This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register, and visitor register.

8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

9. Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2 as we already know and these will be re scheduled for another time.

Kerry Delaney