COVID-19 update: village protocols under the Orange traffic light setting, effective from 30 December 2021
In preparation for Auckland moving to the Orange traffic light setting at 11:59pm on 30 December 2021, we wish to clarify the COVID-specific protocols and requirements that will be in place from 31 December 2021.
We would like to thank all residents and their intended visitors in advance for their assistance in complying with these important measures, which have the safety and wellbeing of our residents at heart and are there to protect us all as much as possible from the ongoing COVID threat.
As always, all residents – regardless of vaccination status – will be requested to stay in their units if they display any symptoms of colds, flu or COVID-19, and to follow public health advice. Face coverings will continue to be mandatory for everyone and are to be worn on all van trips / buggy rides and in common areas of the village, including in the café, shops, library, etc (but will not be required in the swimming pool area or for those with a medical exemption). Please would everyone maintain a one metre distance from others outside of their own unit. Unvaccinated residents are kindly asked to consider not mingling with other residents at all indoors.
In terms of visiting/using the various village amenities, residents will no longer need to book in advance. Please do observe all the COVID-specific health and safety controls that are displayed at each facility. Any social gatherings taking place under the Orange setting must comply with the traffic light framework, ie, unlimited attendees for those with vaccine passes and ideally with one metre distancing, and up to fifty people without vaccine passes but also with one metre distancing.
Residents can continue to receive takeaways and other deliveries, which are to be made to main reception for residents to collect. Please note that our site safety officers will be standing down once we move to Orange, their last day of service being 30 December 2021.
It is our strong preference that all visitors to our village are fully vaccinated; residents are therefore recommended to only allow vaccinated visitors onto the site.
- If entering an apartment building or common areas, visitors must scan in using the QR code and sign into the Visitor Management System (this includes questions about vaccination status and symptoms). If visitors are only entering a villa, they will just need to scan the QR code (otherwise, if accessing other areas of the village accompanied by the resident, they should sign into the Visitor Management System).
- Visitors’ vaccine passes will be checked at reception when they sign into the Visitor Management System.
- Visitors must be accompanied by the resident elsewhere on the village.
- Vaccinated visitors are required to wear a face covering in communal areas – allowance will be made for medical exemptions.
- Unvaccinated visitors (aged 12+, and aged 5+ once children aged 5 – 12 are able to be vaccinated) will not be permitted to enter indoor common areas and must observe two metre distancing from everyone other than the resident they are visiting.
- Unvaccinated visitors must wear a face covering at all times, with the exception of those with medical exemption and children aged five and under.
All new and existing volunteers will be required to be vaccinated in accordance with the Government mandate for the Health and Disability sector. They will be permitted into the village and independent living units provided they use the Visitor Management system, scan in using the QR code, provide proof of vaccination and follow the recommended hand hygiene, etc, protocols.
- Volunteers will be permitted to enter the communal resident areas of the village, including the café, shops, arts and craft room, theatre, library, etc.
- They will be permitted to take independent living residents on van trips/outings, buggy/tricycle rides, etc.
- Masks are to be worn at all times.
- Volunteers will be required to maintain physical distancing of one metre when practicable.
Our staff will continue to wear a face covering, to be temperature checked, and to complete the staff health declaration form before starting each shift. Residents and staff are to maintain physical distancing of one metre when practicable.
Our chaplains’ interactions with independent living residents may be face-to-face if the resident is vaccinated, with masks to be worn and distancing of one metre. If the resident is unvaccinated, the preferred option will be contact online or by phone; visits can occur outside, with distancing of two meters and masks worn by the resident and the chaplain.
Independent living gatherings for worship will be undertaken in accordance with Government guidance on worship gatherings and guidance issued by the Diocese (ie, unlimited worshippers for those with vaccine passes, and only fifty people without vaccine passes).
Visiting in the care homes will continue to take place between specific hours and in compliance with our strict infection prevention controls. Two people will be able to visit per appointment (if visiting indoors), and four if visiting outdoors. Social leave with loved ones outside the care home will be permitted, with a declaration from family as to the actions they will take to protect the resident from any possible COVID risk whilst they are away.
As we approach this new COVID traffic light setting, we thank everyone again for their assistance in observing the above protocols as we work to minimise any potential risk to our village community during this ongoing pandemic.