Update 31 August 2020
Key actions right now include:
- Review your systems for operating safely under COVID restrictions and discuss your response plan with your team. Communication and clarity are key.
- Plan ahead as much as you can for any changes in alert level
- Keep track of movements on and off the farm. Create your own official NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster – you will need your driver license details and your New Zealand Business Number (you can find your number here)
- Reinforce good hygiene practices. See our Tips for cleaning surfaces and our 10 point plan for more helpful advice.
We'll keep our events page updated with what we’re able to hold face-to-face across different regions, and what other options we’re offering for staying in touch, e.g. Zoom meetings and webinars.
We will be operating with social distancing and COVID-19 procedures and we encourage farmer hosts to have their QR codes available for scanning at each group as well as taking attendance registers.
Visit the Government's page Unite against COVID-19 for the latest official information.
Read MPI's FAQs on Alert Level 2 and 3 about COVID-19 and primary industries.
For any questions
If you need help now, phone Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.
Supporting your farm team
In this time of uncertainty, it’s a good idea to check in frequently with your team – and even your neighbours and community - and understand the questions they have about the effects of COVID-19 and its potential impact on your farm.
If you have employees from overseas who may normally be planning a trip home, think through implications of travel restrictions and how you may be able to support them to keep in touch with family remotely.
How are you set up as things evolve?
Don’t forget about your networks of farming friends and family - it might be useful to talk through how you might support each other in different scenarios. Keep up to date with developments and advice from the Ministry of Health.