Yesterday the Government announced that on Thursday 14th May 2020 the country will be ready to move to Alert Level 2. There will be a new “normal”; with people being able to reconnect with their family and friends, and I am sure that you are looking forward to this. The Government’s key message is that there is “still more to do” and we need to “play it safe” to ensure that we do not lose the gains we have made. We support that message and have worked collaboratively with your committee to develop Level 2 guidelines for your village.
I want to especially thank you all for the part you played in getting us all through this period. For me the cooperation, innovation, support for others and following the guidelines that you have shown has been the highlight of the lockdown, which I don’t think I will ever forget. I know that it has not been the easiest of times but now we can look forward to some degree of freedom without the fear that other countries are facing.
I also want to thank and acknowledge the work that has been done during lockdown by your Manager and Nicky and Bronwen in supporting the village. I have seen the extra mile that they have gone to in ensuring that you and the village have been supported and safe during this period.
- Contact Tracing
It is very important that you keep a record of who is coming into your home. This is a Government requirement and applies to us all. You have been provided with a contact tracing form and if you need any additional forms please contact your Manager. Ensure that you complete the form in every case, for example, when a relative comes to see you, or you have a visit from a contractor or health care worker. When the form is complete give it to your Manager. It is also important to keep track of where you have been and we encourage you to keep a diary of your movements; i.e. write down brief details for example the name and location of the shop. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid19 these contact tracing measures assist the health authorities in trying to contain the virus as quickly as possible.
Under Level 2 the main gate will be re-opened and set to the usual open and close times. If you do not have it already you will be provided with the code for after hours access. Please ensure that you only give the code out sparingly, for example to close family and friends if you need to. This helps keep the village secure. Opening the gate means that there will be more movement through the village that your Manager will not always be aware of, so it is essential that you complete your contact tracing forms.
- Gatherings / Socialising
You have all shown so much resilience and commitment over the last few weeks, and we appreciate that you want to reconnect with your family and friends at the earliest opportunity. The Government message is clear; social gatherings need to remain small for now and you should continue to keep your distance (preferably 2 meters) from any strangers. The risk of spreading the virus is increased when people come together in large numbers. The Government has limited social events to a maximum of 10 people. This rule will apply to the village both in your homes and in the Pavilion/Community Centre. If you want to have a small gathering in the Pavilion/Community Centre, then you can do so. Your Manager will implement a “booking system” and the following guidelines must be observed:
- It must not be more than 10 people
- Wash / sanitise your hands thoroughly upon entering
- Bring your own food, drink, glasses, and crockery; (any residents’ kitchen and bars are strictly off limits for the time being)
- One person from the group will need to fill in a contact tracing form on behalf of the others (the form will be left at the venue; use your own pen)
- No outside visitors are permitted
- After the gathering make sure you wipe down and disinfect the surfaces you have touched, including door handles
- If you want to wear a face mask you can do so but this is not compulsory
- DO NOT ATTEND ANY GATHERING IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, EVEN IF YOU HAVE A SNIFFLE.
Travel across New Zealand is now permitted without restriction, but we ask you to think twice before you travel to an area where there are known active cases of the virus such as Mt Roskill, Waitakere, Matamata and Christchurch. If you are travelling to or have visitors from these areas, please let your Manager know in advance.
Keep practising good hygiene, regularly disinfect your surfaces, cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands regularly. Good hygiene is still the best form of defence against the virus. The Government has made it clear that even if you have a sore throat or a sniffle you should be tested for the virus. If you feel unwell at all then please contact your GP and/or Health Line. Contact your Manager and stay at home.
Your Manager will return to work at the village under Level 2. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact them, Nicky, Bronwen or myself. Thank you again for all your hard work and commitment. Keep safe.
I look forward to catching up with you all now that we can travel and meet again.
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