The NZ Government is now requiring all businesses and venues that host gatherings to have the official NZ COVID-19 tracing app poster in place. If your parish or facility doesn't have one yet, you need to organise this now...
The Diocese of Dunedin is asking that every church building have an official NZ COVID Tracer Poster. This is even more important as there is the prospect of Alert Levels changing and current community transmission.
It is easy to get a COVID-19 tracing poster by going to the Government's Tracing App website here. The best people to do this are Wardens, Parish Administrators or whoever is the main contact person for your Parish or Church.
The Ministry of Health has put together a handy video on how to get your poster.
Tip: when the website based application process asks for your LocationBIC enter: S954010
The Tracing posters and use of the Tracer app to log your movements are one of the best defences we have as a country to protect ourselves from COVID-19 as it helps trace any potential contacts with the virus. It is important that we as the church are doing all we can to support the fight against COVID-19.
The latest version of the app allows you to place a manual entry if you are somewhere that doesn't have a poster yet. The Government are also encouraging people to register for the app as your contact details will assist with any tracing that may be required.
For those of us who don't have a smart phone to scan posters and so on, the message remains that we need to take responsibility for keeping a note of where we have been and who we have seen. As we are seeing now, it can take three or four weeks for infection to show up and you may not remember your previous movements that far back.
If you need any help with this process (eg you don't have access to a printer or are not sure about what to do) please contact John Graveston or 022 049 6029.