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Coronavirus: Self Isolation Measures in New Zealand

Coronavirus: Self Isolation Measures in New Zealand

This blog is up to date as of Tuesday 23 March 2020.

Over the weekend, the New Zealand Government announced it would require all arrivals into the New Zealand, except from parts of the Pacific, to self-isolate for 14 days. These new restrictions will be reviewed at the end of the month.

Employers in New Zealand may be asking questions about how this decision will impact their workforce if one employee or many employees are directed to isolate.

What’s The Change?

According to the Immigration New Zealand website, arrivals into New Zealand from Category 1 and Category 1B locations (which, summarily, is the whole world except parts of the Pacific) must do two things:

  • register with Healthline
  • self-isolate for 14 day

Are There Any Exclusions From This Rule?

Airline crew, cargo ship crew and cruise ship crew are excluded from self-isolation requirements.

Can You Outline What Self-Isolation Means?

The Ministry of Health defines self-isolation as a person staying at home for 14 days, and while one may go outside they must limit their contact with others nor invite visitors over. This includes other members of their household, where the Ministry prescribes the following:

“[You should avoid] situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.”

More information can be found on the Ministry of Health Website

If An Employee Is Quarantined, Do I Have To Pay Them?

If it is practicable for your employee to work from home, then they should be paid normally.

If it is not, unpaid leave or other forms of paid leave (such as annual leave or sick leave) should be given

If An Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus, What Should I Do?

In that unfortunate case, you should follow normal sick leave procedure. More information can be found on our resource hub.

Where Can I Find More General Information On The Coronavirus?

Make sure to read our Coronavirus FAQ.

Official Government Sources

Make sure you’re getting only correct, official health and travel from government sources. Resources are listed below:

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