Working with industry and CHASNZ, the Accord has developed a Roadmap which would allow the construction sector and related activities to operate as safely as possible in all but the most extreme circumstances and it regards the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) as consistent with the Roadmap approach.
If the three Auckland DHBs do not rapidly reach 90% double vaccination for the eligible population, and a move to the CPF is delayed, the Accord seeks more immediate changes for the construction sector. These would be supported by the safe working protocols in the Accord Roadmap:
“The Accord supports the strategy set out today to minimise and protect, and the sector is providing strong leadership to support the shift from elimination to suppression of COVID-19. However, the sector wants to see urgency in freeing up activity and movement where it is safe to do so, particularly in Auckland,” said Dean Kimpton, the Accord’s Transformation Director.
CHASNZ are currently working to align the New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols with the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.
The Government has announced the next stage of the COVID-19 response plan to provide a pathway out of lockdown and give vaccinated New Zealanders more freedom. The CPF introduces a new flexible 3-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community:
COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 retains the power to put in place wider lockdowns, as for Alert Levels 3 and 4, if pressure on the health system becomes unmanageable, or if there are new variants that evade our protection from immunity.
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