CHASNZ has received queries from industry regarding the current Alert Level settings relating to gathering sizes at the workplace.
As per the detailed alert level tables available on the government COVID-19 website there are restrictions on gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga. These exist under Alert Levels 2 and 3 as well as regional variations such as in Auckland currently.
Workplaces, education facilities, public transport and supermarkets are not considered public gatherings – and therefore these restrictions on gathering sizes do not apply to the workplace.
The workplace is considered an environment where extra controls are in place such as enhanced hygiene, sign in and out as well as physical distancing.
Workplaces must adhere to physical distancing rules as set out in the COVID-19 construction standard and protocols. As such, physical distancing restrictions may reduce the number of workers within a set area, however there is no overarching gathering limit.
The protocols provide further guidance on how physical distancing should be achieved on site, such as changing shift patterns and reducing the number of people on site. Each site should plan their own work to achieve physical distancing relative to the environment and circumstances at the place of work.
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