Thanks be to God that we have achieved Level 1!
On this page you will find:
- Advice from Bishop Peter about conducting our worship and faith community lives in Level 1
- The NZ Govt information for Level 1
- Jacinda’s 10 Golden Rules.
Information from Bishop Peter
There are no limits on numbers, or rules about communion, touching, singing, children’s ministry, or serving refreshments. So from a “rules” perspective our church life can be normal. All ministry can begin again. We can shake hands at the Peace, and at the door of the church. Cool!
When you attend our church family life gatherings, please know your feelings and any concerns you have will be respected. Some will wish to jump straight in with a hug, while others may remain more cautious. Please consider not hugging during the winter months, and always ask before hugging being mindful of those either vulnerable or more anxious.
Let’s stay healthy and kind
Please feel free to use hand sanitiser when you arrive. Remember, if you don’t want physical contact, just say so. Please respect one another’s feelings on this. Be kind.
When offered communion, you are perfectly at liberty to receive only in one kind, and not sip from the communal cup.
Let’s continue to be healthy. If you are unwell, even a slight cold, please stay away. You may feel you’re fine to carry on, but others, nervous or at risk, are vulnerable.
Let’s stay vigilant
While you don’t need to record your name when you come to church, you are still encouraged to keep a diary of your own personal movements including using the NZ COVID Tracer app. However, the poster displaying the QR code has been hard to get hold of and the Diocese is still working on that, sorry.
Let’s keep up some of the good stuff
There have been some great things happen through the lockdown period such as phone trees, zoom meetings, door knocking and other actions of care and connection to our communities. Let’s keep that up where possible and appropriate, especially for our vulnerable parishioners. Let’s not loose what we have gained from this experience.
Thanks be to God for this national achievement! Thank you for all you have been doing in your churches so that we have been part of the team of 5 million.
Information from the NZ Government
Life at Alert Level 1
At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation. Click here to find out more Information on international travel.
As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it’s still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. Click here to find out more about How to stay healthy.
Keep track of where you’ve been
We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Click here to learn How to keep track of where you’ve been.
Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster. Click here to Get the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
Please note: You can go direct to this information listed above via this link: https://uniteforrecovery.govt.nz/covid-19/covid-19-alert-system/alert-level-1/
Jacinda’s 10 Golden Rules for Alert Level 1
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
- If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
- Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
- Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
- Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
- People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.