New Zealand is moving to Level 2 at midnight 13th May (this evening). This is great news, as most people will be able to resume predator control activities on public land.
We recommend you check with the manager of the land in case they have any special requirements at Level 2
The general guidelines are that you can resume your activities if you take the necessary hygiene precautions, maintain 1m distancing and keep any groups to under 10.
You also need to ensure there is a list with up to date contact details of anyone who is working on your project. A register should be maintained detailing the dates and times people have worked and anyone they have had close contact with. This is necessary for contact tracing.
DOC and many councils will require you to submit an updated health and safety plan covering the precautions that you will take in level 2. Things you need to consider:
- Minimising the spread through personal hand hygiene, gloves and other PPE
- No sharing of equipment or tools, and cleaning of commonly touched areas
- How physical distancing of 1m will be maintained
- No sharing of food, drinks or cutlery
- No gatherings of more than 10 or public events
- How to look after at risk members (including those over 70 or with pre-existing health conditions)
- It is important anyone feeling unwell stays home
- You may want to consider limiting involvement to existing members.
DOC specifically requires groups working on Public Conservation Land to submit an updated health and safety plan to your DOC contact for approval by the local DOC Operations Manager. Work cannot commence until the plan is approved.
We know you are keen to get back out there, and it is great that we are finally able to. However, remember to take care. Some of the tracks may not have been maintained to their normal standard during lockdown and some of us may be a little out of practice. So, take it easy, take your time and enjoy being back out in nature. Thanks for all you do to help protect our native taonga.
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