covid-19 advice & updates

keep up to date

  • 8 September: Diocese moves to Level 2
  • 1 September: Diocese has moved to Level 3 (AKL remains at Level 4)
  • 27 August: Level 4 extended nationally until at least 31 Aug at 11.59pm
  • 23 August: Level 4 extended nationally until at least 27 Aug at 11.59pm
  • 20 August: Level 4 extended nationally until at least 24 Aug at 11.59pm
  • 18 August: Bishop Philip has announced that there will be no Sunday services held in person in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki this Sunday, 22 August.  Virtual services are encouraged where possible
  • 17 August 2021: Please standby for additional information and monitor https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-... 
  • 17 August 2021: Gov't announces that NZ will move to Level 4 as of 11.59pm, 17 August. We will remain at level 4 for at least three days.
  • See www.covid19.govt.nz for detailed information 
  • "NZ COVID Tracer" app from Ministry of Health available for download (this also offers alerts, updates, and other useful information)


Level 2

Ministry at Level 2

This update provides an overview of the Guidance for the Provision of Ministry during Alert Level Delta Two.  While the heightened restrictions and recommendations due to the Delta variant may seem daunting, I urge you to keep these principles in mind:

Keep it simple

Rejoice in being able to gather – care for your neighbour, especially the most vulnerable

Start small and keep services short

Strong advise beginning with Services of the Word - Expand and develop what you offer over time

WHAT DOES ALTER LEVEL DELTA 2 MEAN FOR US?

From Sunday 19th September Diocesan Churches may open for Sunday Services, providing your Action Plan for the Provision of Ministry has been carefully reviewed in the light of Alert Level Delta Two. Midweek services can be conducted prior to Sunday 19 if your action plan has been reviewed. Consult your archdeacon for advice or contact the Bishop’s office at bishopspa@wtanglican.nz )

Weddings and funerals are permitted in Churches - up to 100 people. More detailed guidance can be found on page 13 and in Appendix 3 of the Guidance for the Provision of Ministry at Alert Level Delta Two.

Social distancing of 1-metre must be maintained between bubbles and services can be attended by up to 100 people if 1-metre distancing can be achieved.  

Masks must be always worn by all present (participants and all leading).

Contact Tracing:  All visitors to church buildings must be recorded.  In addition to written contact tracing maintained by the parish, QR codes can be generated for each church building.  To receive your code you can email Simon Cayley at manager@wtanglican.nz with the physical location name and address and a contact name, email, and phone number (ideally a mobile number).  It is encouraged that you use the government’s contact tracing app, which can be downloaded here

Communion in one kind will be permitted if this can be managed observing 1-metre distancing in the building at all times, but please consider the option of holding a simple Service of the Word instead of a Eucharistic service.

Congregational singing is not permitted. Performance singing (small choir or soloists) is permitted, masks do not have to be worn by performers but 1 metre distancing between singers and 3 metres between singers and congregation should be maintained

No food or drinks may be served individually to congregational members sitting at tables.  Masks should be worn. 

Clergy and lay employees may use offices which have been cleaned to required standards and can be maintained at safe levels for a working environment. You can find these details in the guidance document here.

Please review your “Action Plan for the Provision of Ministry - Alert Level Delta 2” and ensure you can operate safely under your Alert Level 2 plan and comply with all Government Alert Level Delta 2 Guidance. This revised plan must registered with the Bishop’s Office at bishopspa@wtanglican.nz before resuming any aspect of ministry under Level Delta 2

Ensure hand sanitiser is readily available, particularly at entry and exit points.  Frequent hand washing should be encouraged.

High touch surfaces (e.g. door handles…) should be disinfected before and after every service.

Pastoral Visiting: All visits to home must be pre-arranged. The Pastoral caregiver must wear a mask at all times and use hand sanitiser on entry and exit of home. No physical contact is allowed during the visit including during prayer as part of the healing rite. Maintain 1-metre distancing.

LEVEL 3

MINISTRY OF HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • Everyone should work from home if they can. Children and young people should learn from home. You legally must stay within your household bubble whenever you are not at work or school. 
  • Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand it to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe. 
  • We encourage you to wear a face covering when leaving your home, especially if it is hard to keep 2 metres physical distance from others.
  • At Alert Level 3, you legally must wear a face covering: on public transport and at departure points — for example, airports, train stations and bus stopson flightsin taxi or ride-share vehicles — drivers and passengerswhen visiting healthcare facilitiesif you are a delivery driver to residential addressesinside any Alert Level 3 businesses and services that are open and involve customer contact — for example, supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitality venues, takeaways and petrol stationsin the public areas of courts and tribunals, local and central government agencies, and social service providers with customer service counters.
  • Mandatory record keeping comes into effect from 11.59 pm on 7 September 2021.

Source: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-... for full guidance

VACCINATION

The Inter Church Bioethics Council ("ICBC") has released a statement on the Covid-19 vaccines. We provide this information to you for your consideration. The Interchurch Bioethics Council draws its members from within the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Aotearoa-New Zealand, with members bringing expertise in science, medicine, theology, ethics, education and cultural understanding.

August 29: Dr Rob Bevan announces that the nation's ICU infrastructure is "absolutely reliant on the vaccine uptake being as close to 100% as possible." (Dr Rob Bevan is an Intensivist and supervisor of training at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, and the current vice president of the Australia New Zealand College of Intensive Care Medicine.)

LEVEL 4

MINISTRY OF HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • Everyone in New Zealand is to be isolated or quarantined at their current place of residence except as permitted for essential personal movement. 
  • Exercise is to be done in an outdoor place that can be readily accessed from home and two-metre physical distancing must be maintained. 
  • Recreation and exercise does not involve swimming, water-based activities (for example, surfing or boating), hunting, tramping, or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services. 
  • A child can leave the residence of one joint care-giver to visit or stay at the residence of another joint care-giver (and visit or stay at that residence) if there is a shared bubble arrangement. 
  • A person can leave their residence to visit or stay at another residence (and visit or stay at that residence) under a shared bubble arrangement if: One person lives alone in one, or both, of those residences; or 
  • Everyone in one of those residences is a vulnerable person. 

SOURCE: https://www.health.govt.nz/new... 

SEE ALSO: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-... 

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Please standby for additional information regarding Diocesan life at Level 4.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the best medical advice available and keep up to date with Government announcements.

VACCINATION

The Inter Church Bioethics Council ("ICBC") has released a statement on the Covid-19 vaccines. We provide this information to you for your consideration. The Interchurch Bioethics Council draws its members from within the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Aotearoa-New Zealand, with members bringing expertise in science, medicine, theology, ethics, education and cultural understanding.

August 29: Dr Rob Bevan announces that the nation's ICU infrastructure is "absolutely reliant on the vaccine uptake being as close to 100% as possible." (Dr Rob Bevan is an Intensivist and supervisor of training at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, and the current vice president of the Australia New Zealand College of Intensive Care Medicine.)

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