Posted on Friday 12th June, 2020

The Government is leading our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our goal is to ensure we meet national requirements. In Alert Level 1, it is essential that we stay vigilant.

Outlined in this document are the Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Guidelines and Health and Safety Plans to prevent, detect, contain, and rapidly respond to COVID-19 related risks. We are all in this together, and whether you are a board member, employee, contractor, Para athlete, support team member, or visitor to PNZ offices, there are some general steps including public health measure and the ’10 Golden Rules’ you must take to help keep everyone safe:

  1. If you are sick, stay home. Do not go to work, school or socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline. Get tested (https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/about-covid-19/covid-19-testing/).
  3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and/or hand sanitiser.
  4. Sneeze or cough into your elbow and regularly clean shared surfaces.
  5. You must self-isolate if you are told by officials to do so.
  6. Stay healthy, work with your GP if you have underlying health issues.
  7. Keep track of where you have been. As an option, PNZ has the ThinkSafe contact tracing app available for use of board, employees, contractors and Para athletes.
  8. Businesses help people track movements by displaying the QR code. The PNZ Auckland Office will have a QR code displayed on the front door (main entrance).
  9. Stay vigilant.
  10. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

WHAT IS PNZ DOING AT COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

At Level 1, COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand, but remains uncontrolled overseas. Our general approach to Alert Level 1 is stay vigilant. PNZ will be reviewing all of our safety measures on a regular/or as needed basis and adjusting where required to ensure that we are responding appropriately and effectively.

  • The PNZ office is open with protocols in place to manage COVID-19 related risks.
  • HPSNZ training facilities and performance health centres will be open with protocols in place to manage COVID-19 related risks. Para athletes and support team members are required to liaise with their Programme Managers for guidance and monitoring.
  • All domestic travel must be safe with hygiene measures followed.
  • All international travel is on hold until further notice.
  • All PNZ organised events are currently being reviewed with rescheduled dates pending.

KEY CONTACTS

Should PNZ employees, contractors or Para athletes require any further information please feel free to discuss with your Manager and/or Programme Director.

For medical queries please contact PNZ Medical Director Jake Pearson at medical@paralympics.org.nz or 022 062 2038.

For welfare related queries please contact PNZ Psychologist, Rod Corban at rod.corban@gmail.com or 021 941 765.

For any other queries please feel free to discuss with PNZ Chief Executive on fallan@paralympics.org.nz or 027 248 4828.

IMPORTANT PNZ DOCUMENTS

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Guidelines and Health and Safety Plan
Appendix 1 – PNZ COVID-19 Health Questionnaire and Health and Safety Induction Confirmation
Appendix 2 – PNZ COVID-19 Checklist for all external office/facility

FURTHER INFORMATION

The latest HPSNZ updates can be seen at: https://hpsnz.org.nz/covid-19/ 

IPC weekly updates can be seen at www.paralympic.org

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?

Symptoms of Coronavirus most frequently include fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, but vomiting and diarrhoea may also be present (see https://www.healthy.org.nz for further symptom details).

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE CORONAVIRUS?

If you have symptoms and may have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, you should phone Healthline’s on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 from overseas) or contact your GP by phone.