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At 5:30pm on Friday, 14 August, the Government announced the regions of Waikato and Taranaki will remain in Alert Level 2 for at least 12 more days.  You can find the guidance for parishes in our diocese below.  Kia kaha and thank you for all the work you have put into protecting each other during this pandemic, for your diligence, and for your care for one another. 

 
ALERT LEVEL TWO GUIDELINES UPDATE 14 AUGUST 2020
 “Play it Safe”

 
“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:4
Under Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission. 
For full Government guidelines see 
www.covid19.govt.nz
GOVERNMENT LEVEL TWO UPDATE 14 AUGUST 2020
from https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-2/
  • At 5:30pm on 14 August, the Government announced that all regions other than Auckland will remain in Alert Level 2 for 12 days to midnight Wednesday, 26 August
  • Schools and workplaces will remain open, but everyone should:
    • Maintain social distancing (2 metres in public and in retail stores, 1 metre in most other environments such as workplaces and cafes)
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
    • Keep track of where you have been and who you have seen
    • Wear a mask if you can, particularly if social distancing is not possible as on public transport or in shops.
    • Stay home and contact your doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116) if you have any signs of illness
  • People at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home
 
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR US?
All services, including Sunday 16 August services, will be held under the Level 2 Guidelines.  All diocesan updates can be found on the diocesan website at www.wtanglican.nz/covid-19
 
  1. Churches may remain open for Public Services: weddings and funerals are also permitted within the government guidelines up to 100 people, social distancing must be maintained.
  2. Contact Tracing must be performed:  All visitors to church buildings must be recorded.  In addition to written contact tracing maintained by the parish, QR codes can be generated for each church building.  To receive your code you can email Simon Cayley at manager@wtanglican.nz with the physical location name and address and a contact name, email, and phone number (ideally a mobile number).  It is encouraged that you use the government’s contact tracing app, which can be downloaded here
  3. Communion in one kind will be permitted, but please consider the option of holding a simple Service of the Word instead of a Eucharistic service.
  4. Congregational Singing is currently permitted based on the latest Ministry of Health advice, but the 1 metre distancing requirement must be maintained.
  5. No food or drinks to be served until we return to Alert Level 1.
  6. Ensure hand sanitiser is readily available, particularly at entry and exit points.  Frequent hand washing should be encouraged.
  7. Clergy and lay employees may continue to use offices which have been cleaned to required standards and can be maintained at safe levels for a working environment.
  8. Please review your “Action Plan for the Provision of Ministry - Alert Level 2” and ensure you can operate safely under your Alert Level 2 plan and comply with all Government Alert Level 2 Guidance.
 
IN SUMMARY: FROM NOON WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST 2020
 
  • Gatherings are limited to 100 people with social distancing of at least 1 metre, this will include church services on Sunday 16 August
  • Please refrain from physical sharing of peace
  • Contact tracing is enforced
  • Services should be simple Services of the Word or Communion in one kind only
  • No food or drink to be shared (such as morning tea, etc)
  • Please review your Ministry Action Plan for Alert Level 2
  • And most importantly, if you are unwell stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
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