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COVID-19 Update

Please find this website as reference for now –https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-3/

it’s important that you follow the recommendations and regulations made by the New Zealand government plus know the facts! Refer to this website for up to date information www.covid19.govt.nz or call the free government helpline on 0800  779 997 (8am – 1am, 7 days a week).

Protecting yourself and your whaanau

The Ministry of Health lists some simple steps to take to protect yourself & others from COVID-19:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with tissues, if you don’t have a tissue then cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people – a 2m distance is recommended. This includes personal contact, such as kissing, shared cups or food.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have ANY symptoms, have been overseas and returned within the last 2 weeks or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case.

Level 3 COVID-19 Alert which starts at 11:59pm on April 27th and will continue for 2 weeks, the government will then make further decisions on the 11th of May regarding moving the Alert Level.

What does this mean?
At Alert Level 3 we will need to be even more vigilant. All of us will need to unite against COVID-19 by sticking to the rules.

Rules to live by during this new lockdown level:

  1. Stay home!
  2. Work and learn from home if possible. Early learning centres and schools will be open for up to Year 10 specifically for families that need them.
  3. Stay Regional – you can exercise at parks or beaches within your local area. The closer to home the better! Plus remember that all activities must be safe, and you still need to keep 2 metres away from others.
  4. Keep your bubble as small as possible. Opportunity to expand is available but ONLY for close family, isolated people or caregivers.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and dry. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  6. If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your doctor or Healthline about getting a test.

Playschool is open for business as normal. You can stay connected with us through our email updates, phone or text plus through our social channels – Facebook and Instagram. Also don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Q & A – COVID-19

Can I drive around as normal now? What about public transport?
No. If you need to drive then it can only be for the supermarket, doctor, childcare centre/ school or the local park (not your favourite one) but keep your outside activities to the minimum. Most important – YOU MUST STAY LOCAL! This is not the time to take a holiday, travel between regions to celebrate birthdays or travel from one side of the city to the other.

Public transport will still be available but will have limited capacity and timetables running.

I would love to go for a swim at my local beach – Is this now allowed?Yes, within reason. You can do low-risk recreation activities in your local area. These include a walk, run, swim at the local beach, a day walk, or fishing from a wharf. Boating, yachting, and team sports or training are not allowed. These activities can only be done by yourself or your bubble.

Will the children go back to school?
Under Alert Level 3 it will be safe for Early Learning and school to be open for children up to Year 10 with the appropriate health measures in place. Where possible, students should remain home and be connected to distance learning.

Home based early learning services such as Playschool Education will resume provided the public health requirements are met.

Play centres and playgroups will remain closed.

My au pair is not following the lockdown rules and/or doesn’t understand them.
You MUST talk to them ASAP. This is a government rule and non-negotiable. Please use this website www.covid19.co.nz as reference – the FAQ page has simple information that all will be able to understand.

I am searching for an Au Pair but with the lockdown what now?
New Zealand has gone into lockdown as of the 25th of March at 11:59pm and there will be no incoming Au Pairs until the current travel restrictions are lifted. We will be proceeding with interviews and placements for July onwards as normal.