COVID-19 Update on Alert Levels

On Monday, the Government announced the following:

  • Northland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm Tuesday 19 October.
  • The parts of Waikato currently in Alert Level 3, will remain in Alert Level 3. This decision will be reviewed on Friday 22 October. For the current Boundary Map, please click here.
  • Auckland restrictions remain unchanged and will stay in place for another two weeks, at which time they will be reviewed. Cabinet considered the calls by some to move to a two week “circuit breaker” level 4 lockdown in Auckland, but the health advice was that this was unlikely to reduce the number of cases enough to warrant the move.
  • The rest of New Zealand remains at Level 2.

The Government has also advised that it will announcing a new COVID protection framework this Friday. This will be accompanied by an announcement on the vaccination rate required before New Zealand will move into the new framework. It is hoped Friday’s announcement will give the country, and in particular Auckland, some certainty around when restrictions will lessen, and a clear vaccination target that all of New Zealand can get behind.

The Minister of Finance is currently working on an enhanced support package for businesses in Auckland, which will also be announced this week.  

Super Saturday was a huge success. As a nation, we exceeded our goal, with a total of 130,000 doses given. Thank you for your support and contribution in achieving this goal.

If you need financial assistance during this time, the COVID wage subsidy and the Resurgence Support Payment are both available. Information about these can be found here. A further announcement regarding financial support, specifically for those in Auckland, is expected to be made on Friday. 

Mandatory Vaccinations for the Construction Sector

Hopefully you will have seen Monday's Members Update advising the unanimous decision of the RMBA Board to strongly endorse mandatory vaccinations for our sector. I have called on the Government to extend its vaccination mandates to the building and construction sector. This is the right thing to do for our members, our industry, homeowners, clients, and New Zealand. 

The need for this mandate was further evidenced today with an Auckland construction site announced as a new location of interest. This is on top of the construction sector being identified as only one of three sectors seeing an increase in cases last week.  You can find a copy of the press release here. 

Please make sure you are following all the health and safety protocols on your sites to reduce the risk to our sector. This includes maintaining social distancing, face coverings, and adhering to the CHASNZ protocols, which can be found here. Please also continue to check locations of interest and get tested if you have symptoms or have visited a location or suburb of interest. 

General Information about COVID-19

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