Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit Update - Friday 18 February 2022

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Today’s update:

Today’s update is much shorter and focusses on the key message and information for the sector to know and be working on.  A number of systems and processes for Phase 2 of Omicron Management Strategy are still being worked through and we will bring you more details on these as they evolve.  Most important is evolving your BCP as things change and ensuring you are registered and ready with documentation etc for any Critical Workers through the Close Contact Exemption Scheme.

Key Messages

New Zealand remains in the Red traffic light settings 

As part of Phase Two of the Omicron Management Strategy, Councils should now be well into their business continuity planning and should have registered to be part of theClose Contact Exemption Scheme’

In order to assist you we have attached key messages for businesses

We have included public health documents which are attached explaining operational changes to Omicron and what to expect under each Phase.

If a close contact is vaccinated, and asymptomatic, they may still be able to continue to work if they:

It is important to understand the definition of close contact, this is critical in terms of who needs to isolate and who can return to work under the Close Contact Exemption Scheme and Bubble of One.  We have again attached the Ministry of Health’s guidance on critical workers (above)

If symptoms develop at any stage, follow the public advice for close contacts with symptoms 

Taituarā webinar -Thank you to those who have attended Wednesday’s webinar hosted by Taituarā. We have attached the link here for those who missed it or want to watch again