Alert Level 4 Delta Variant
What this means for community and social services
A new COVID-19 Public Health Response Act order has been released, which details the specific requirements related to this shift to Alert Level 4. The key requirements for this Alert Level can be found on the Government’s COVID-19 website here.
You will see that Alert Level 4 businesses and services include:
Social and community-based services provided to support persons to maintain critical well-being or as crisis support for people who are unsafe or homeless.
The four categories below provide a more detailed view of the types of social and community-based services that can continue to operate under Alert Level 4. As with the most recent Alert Level 3 approach, you as an organisation are being asked to determine which category your service or activity falls into. This differs from the previous Alert Level 4 approach where organisations had to apply to be registered as essential services.
Four categories for social and community-based services at Alert Level 4:
As the Prime Minister has highlighted, the Delta variant is more virulent and so there is a need to exercise more caution about what contact with others is considered essential. This is necessary to help keep the people you work with and your staff safe from COVID-19.
Today, the Prime Minister has announced that a face covering must be worn if you are an employee or customer at a business or service operating at Alert Level 4 involving customer contact.
Requirements of Alert Level 4 businesses and services
If your employees need to work on site, you should:
Travel requirements for Alert Level 4 businesses and services
The following information has been provided in relation to travel for your employees:
If you have questions about your organisation’s situation given the shift to Alert Level 4 please contact your funding advisor or contract manager. You can also contact us at Community_information@msd.govt.nz