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Safe businesses at alert level 3

Following the government’s announcement that we will be moving to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Monday 27 April we have put together some helpful information to assist those ‘safe’ businesses that will be permitted to open. Further and more detailed information regarding guidelines for all businesses can be found here


Food businesses

Food businesses can operate under Alert Level 3 so long as they deliver or offer pre-arranged collection of goods bought online or by phone. Some specific examples include butchers, bakeries, green-grocers and takeaways. Sales of primary produce direct to consumers can likewise only be done only by contactless delivery or pre-arranged contactless pick up. This will mean that farmers’ markets cannot be held, but pre-arranged collection of goods bought online or by phone can be arranged.

Businesses that require face-to-face contact, or people congregating in a specific area, remain closed under Level 3.
On the MPI website you will find guidance for food businesses who may need to change their food control plan to add delivery and takeaway activities to their registration scope.


Construction and Trade Sector

At Alert Level 3, work should be done remotely where possible. Businesses are encouraged to use technology to carry out their work at this level.

Where working remotely is not possible, on-site work is permitted, with appropriate health and safety measures and physical distancing measures in place for both workers and (where relevant) building occupants.  Each construction site operating at alert level 3 or 2 needs to have a Covid-19 Controls plan in place.

CHASNZ (Construction Health and Safety NZ), in conjunction with the joint government/industry Construction Sector Accord, have developed and published detailed construction health and safety standards and protocols for the residential, civil and vertical sectors.

Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols for New Zealand Residential Construction Sites

More information can be found on the MBIE website.


Building Inspections

The Manawatū District Council Building Officers will be carrying out inspections for businesses with a Covid-19 plan from Tuesday 28th April.

Our inspectors will ensure that they follow the protocols on site entry, physical distancing during the inspection and when exiting the site. Where it is obvious that a Covid-19 plan is not in place the inspector will not be permitted to enter the site and carry out the inspection. We recognise that time is required to prepare your site to meet the protocol requirements, therefore please contact council on 06 323 0000 when you are ready to book an inspection.