For your safety, it is important that you understand a few of the most critical facts.
PPE is a minimisation and should only be used as a last resort if there is no other way (i.e. if you can’t eliminate the risk) or if it will enhance other risk management processes.
NB: PPE can increase risk if it is not used correctly.
Correct handwashing e.g. between every bathroom, kitchen, person- contact, is one of the most protective behaviours for hygiene/prevention of contamination/ in preventing the spread of both Covid-19 and many other health risks.
The government has provided guidelines that are helpful in keeping everyone safe, and as of yesterday the guidance is as follows:
At Alert Level 4, you can only sell essential non-food goods to customers by contactless delivery if you are registered to do so with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can keep their stores open for customers without any limit on the type of goods sold, but food/drink cannot be consumed on-site.
At Alert Level 3, you can sell any goods to customers by phone/online order and contactless delivery or collection. You cannot open your physical retail storefront to customers unless you are a supermarket, dairy or petrol station. Customers can also collect goods through drive-through or contact-less pick-up, such as click and collect, instead of delivery.
At Alert Levels 1 and 2, you may open for customers to come in to your physical store, subject to the public health measures required at those alert levels. Restrictions on gatherings will also apply.
At Alert Level 4, only essential workers can travel within or outside of their regions for work, where it is necessary to do so. There are additional, limited reasons for travel between regions, such as medical reasons.
At Alert Level 3, everyone can travel for work within their region, or to a neighbouring region. You should only travel if it is necessary. Essential workers can travel outside of their regions, where it is necessary to do so.
At Alert Level 2, you can travel for work anywhere in New Zealand, but should only do so if necessary.
At Alert Levels 3 and 4, you should only meet with existing or new clients remotely, unless this is in the course of providing an essential service. You can meet clients in person at Levels 1 and 2.