09 Feb 2020
The following information was collected from the New Zealand police page.
Update on the Coronavirus Quarentine.
Police and the Ministry of Health on behalf of the guests at the Whangaparaoa Reception Centre who have returned from Wuhan would like to sincerely thank members of the public who have donated items. The out pouring of support from the community has been incredible.
However, as much as they are appreciated we would like to let the public know that the Ministry is supporting the guests and provisioning any supplies they request so we don’t have a need for donated goods at this time. We have also had people asking if they can donate money, we cannot accept it. If you are wanting donate, then we would suggest you contact organisations such as the Red Cross.
Family members and loved ones of those guests are still free to send necessary items and the Ministry of Health will facilitate getting those items to the guests. Guests have been told how to have items sent to them by family members and loved ones
04 Feb 2020
As you may be aware, WHO has declared a global emergency in relation to the coronavirus. Airlines and governments are shutting down flights and borders to travellers through China, and airports are increasing their border checks for international travellers.
To date, many people in New Zealand and Australia have had to be in quarantine and as a membership, we generally appreciate the support health services and business groups have been giving them. Government, services and Australasia business and have been monitoring the situation and updating the EHS and people teams with guidance and supporting travellers with alternate arrangements. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the current status?
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Effectively immediately the Australian and New Zealand Governments have issued a ‘DO NOT TRAVEL TO MAINLAND CHINA’ warning. Across australasia there have been individuals placed in self-quarantine for 14 days as a result of potential exposures on airlines or as a result of travel to China.
What if you are intending to travel?
General Travel •
Travel to (or transiting through) China is not permitted with most business groups until further notice. In general, your Chief Executive approval is required if work related travel plans to China is considered essential (but not following, you may be isolated.) • International travel to other countries should be reviewed regularly due to the increased risk of exposure and travel disruptions during this time. • Reminder that travel insurance may not cover for losses in connection with the Coronavirus if travel arrangements to China were made after January 29 (and January 22 for travel to Hubei Province).
If anyone is travelling overseas for a personal holiday at this time, please take extra care for your personal protection. Please also let associates know where you are going in case of an incident or travel disruption. • Before travelling, review the latest travel advice on www.smartraveller.gov.au (Australia) and www.safetravel.govt.nz (New Zealand).
Be aware of government-imposed restrictions and delays at airports in Australia and NZ: 1. Any foreign travellers who leave or transit through mainland China will be refused entry into NZ and Australia. 2. Any foreign travellers currently in transit to Australia or NZ will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival and pending clearance will be granted entry. 3. Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning from mainland China will be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back into the country.
Delays should be expected at all international airports due to heightened border scrutiny.
What if you are returning from overseas or have been in contact with someone who may be infected?
People who have been in contact with any confirmed coronavirus case must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure. Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province.
If you are sick with flu-like symptoms AND you have been overseas or in contact with someone who is infected, DO NOT physically go to your GP or local hospital immediately. Call first. Your local health line: 1800 022 222 (AUS) or 0800 611 116 (NZ). If you are employed, Notify your manager and discuss arrangements if you require 14 days of isolation or else discuss with family and friends ensuring you minimise risk.