Updated: 29 April 2020

Set out below is Blind Low Vision NZ’s recovery plan at different alert levels which are set by the New Zealand Government. These levels may differ depending on what region you are in.

Level 4 – Eliminate: Likely, that disease is not contained.

Risk Assessment

  • Community transmission is occurring.
  • Widespread outbreaks and new clusters.

Range of Measures (Local/National could apply)

  • People instructed to stay at home (in their bubble) other than for essential personal movement.
  • Safe recreational activity is allowed in local area.
  • Travel is severely limited.
  • All gatherings cancelled and all public venues closed.
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations) and lifeline utilities.
  • Educational facilities closed.
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities possible.
  • Reprioritisation of healthcare services.

Blind Low Vision NZ Covid-19 Plan

  • Essential Services applies to Auckland – Awhina House and Guide Dogs facility only and providing:
    • Accessible Formats
    • Library Services
    • Equipment Solutions
    • National Contact Centre
    • Guide Dog Welfare.
  • All employees to work with Blind Low Vision NZ Essential Services Protocols.
  • All offices remain closed.
  • All staff work remotely from home/bubble.
  • Crisis Management Team to meet daily reviewing and acting on any Government changes.

Level 3 – Restrict: High risk that disease is not contained.

Risk Assessment

  • Community transmission might be happening.
  • New clusters may emerge but can be controlled through testing and contact tracing.

Range of Measures (Local/National could apply)

  • People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school if they have to or for local recreation.
  • Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre in controlled environments like schools and workplaces.
  • People must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family / whānau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. This extended bubble should remain exclusive.
  • Schools (years 1 to 10) and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open, but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.
  • People must work from home unless that is not possible.
  • Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.
  • Low risk local recreation activities are allowed.
  • Public venues are closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets).
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained.
  • Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.
  • Inter-regional travel is highly limited (e.g. for essential workers, with limited exemptions for others).
  • People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.

Blind Low Vision NZ Covid-19 Plan

  • Essential Services applies to Auckland – Awhina House and Guide Dogs facility only and providing:
    • Accessible Formats
    • Library Services
    • Equipment Solutions
    • National Contact Centre
    • Guide Dog Welfare.
  • All employees to work with Blind Low Vision NZ Essential Services Protocols.
  • All offices remain closed.
  • All staff work remotely from home/bubble.
  • Crisis Management Team to meet daily reviewing and acting on any Government changes.

Level 2 – Reduce: The disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains

Risk Assessment

  • Household transmission could be occurring.
  • Single or isolated cluster outbreaks.

Range of Measures (Local/National could apply)

  • Physical distancing of one metre outside home (including on public transport).
  • Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors allowed while maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing requirements.
  • Sport and recreation activities are allowed if conditions on gatherings are met, physical distancing is followed and travel is local.
  • Public venues can open but must comply with conditions on gatherings, and undertake public health measures.
  • Health services operate as normally as possible.
  • Most businesses open, and business premises can be open for staff and customers with appropriate measures in place. Alternative ways of working encouraged (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave).
  • Schools and Early Childhood Education centres open, with distance learning available for those unable to attend school (e.g. self-isolating).
  • People advised to avoid non-essential inter-regional travel.
  • People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.

BLVNZ Covid-19 Plan

  • Essential Services designation now applied across the organisation.  Operational decisions to be based on Alert Levels by a town, city, and territorial local authority, regional or national level.
  • Service Delivery to a client will require approval for a town, city, and territorial local authority, regional or national level by the Leadership Team upon recommendation by the Crisis Management team.
  • All employees to work with Blind Low Vision NZ Essential Services Protocols.
  • All offices re-open to employees only, with limited numbers working using social distancing and shifts. (This will vary depending on locations and buildings).
  • Physical distance and infection control guidelines followed including PPE.
  • Contact Tracing Measures established and implemented.
  • Individual client service appointments may occur in the office or offsite.
  • All offices are closed to members/clients, volunteer groups or the public.
  • Employees can work remotely as arranged/agreed with their manager.
  • Elderly employees or employees that have existing medical conditions to remain working remotely.
  • Crisis Management Team to meet daily reviewing and acting on any Government changes.

Level 1 – Prepare: The disease is contained in New Zealand.

Risk Assessment

  • COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas.
  • Isolated household transmission could be occurring In New Zealand

Range of Measures (Local/National could apply)

  • Border entry measures to minimise risk of importing COVID-19 cases.
  • Intensive testing for COVID-19.
  • Rapid contact tracing of any positive case.
  • Self-isolation and quarantine required.
  • Schools and workplaces open, and must operate safely.
  • Physical distancing encouraged.
  • No restrictions on gatherings.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face.
  • No restrictions on domestic transport – avoid public transport or travel if sick.

Blind Low Vision NZ Covid-19 Plan

  • All Offices re-open to employees, members, volunteer groups and the public.
  •  Meeting appropriate public health requirements, and health and safety requirements.
  •  No restrictions on gatherings.
  •  Employees can work remotely as arranged/agreed with their Manager.
  •  Crisis Management Team having completed its objectives is disbanded.