Posted on Monday 18th May, 2020

The Government is leading our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our goal is to ensure we meet national requirements.  As we return to onsite operations in Alert Level 2, it is essential that we minimise exposure to, and transmission of, COVID-19. 

Outlined in the Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Guidelines and Health and Safety Plan 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 you must take to help keep everyone safe:

  • Stay at home if you are feeling at all unwell.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and/or hand sanitiser.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow or tissue (and dispose of it in a bin).
  • Maintain the recommended physical distancing, 1 metre plus social distancing for workplaces and known social groups, 2 metres when in public spaces and with strangers.
  • Sign in and out when you enter and leave facilities. Each facility will have their own contact tracing system in place. At the PNZ Auckland office we will use tracing.co.nz 
  • Keep a daily record of where you have been, who you have been with, and when, so that this information can be used for COVID-19 contact tracing.  PNZ will have a contract tracing app for you to use for this purpose.

WHAT IS PNZ DOING AT COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

At Level 2, COVID-19 is largely contained, but the risk of community transmission remains. Our general approach to Alert Level 2 is PLAY IT SAFE. PNZ will be reviewing all of our safety measures on a weekly/or as needed basis and adjusting where required to ensure that we are responding appropriately and effectively. 

The PNZ office will be open on Monday 15 May with all Health and Safety plans fulfilled, and with new protocols in place to manage COVID-19 related risks.

HPSNZ training facilities and performance health centres will be open, but with new protocols in place to restrict access and 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 appropriate distancing and hygiene measures followed. 

All international travel is on hold until further notice.

All PNZ organised events are on hold until further notice.

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.