Workplaces opening:

Auckland is at alert level 3.

At level 3, workplaces are allowed to open.

The government guidance for operating businesses at level 3 says:

Workplaces can only open if:

  • workers cannot work from home, and
  • workplaces are operating safely, and
  • customers are not allowed on premises, and
  • businesses can trade without physical contact with customers (e.g. through phone/online orders, delivery, pick-up and drive-through)

Social Distancing:

Everyone is required to social distance at 2m apart unless in a controlled setting such as a workplace, where the requirement is 1m.

Employers are required to ensure that as far as reasonably practicable there is at least 1 metre distancing between workers and all other necessary steps to prevent risk of spread such as regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. If customers will be picking up orders from outside your workplace, there should be a physical barrier between you and the customer.

If your workplace doesn’t follow the rules and you think there is a risk to your health and safety, you can refuse to work in the unsafe area. You should contact us if this is an issue.

When should you be paid?

If your workplace isn’t open you should still be paid for any shifts you would normally have worked.

If you are also self isolating because you’ve had a Covid test, your employer can also apply for the Covid-19 Short Term Absence Payment.

If you or one of your household members is ‘higher risk’, and a doctor has told you to self-isolate while there is active community transmission, you’re eligible to receive the assistance under the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme.

You should get a written instruction from your doctor to self-isolate, and send it to your employer so they can apply for the Leave Support Scheme