Getting New Zealand Back to Business Safely
Business Reopening Checklists
Published August 4th, 2020
Reopening Guidance for Businesses in New Zealand
Though the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing, the economy can't afford to stand idly by until a proven cure has been discovered. As businesses in New Zealand resume operations under modified restrictions, they need to invest in the safety of their customers and employees by taking the necessary precautions against COVID-19.
Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices in mind, provide basic information only and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Guidance & Checklist Templates
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health provides updated and official COVID-19 news for the citizens of New Zealand. Similarly, the official government website for businesses in New Zealand, provides timely updates as well as guidance to help businesses reopen and operate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is a list of general industry COVID-19 checklists employers can use for free:
- Workplace Reopening Strategies and Return to Work Policies (COVID-19)
- General Guidelines to Protect Employees Customers Checklist
- Guidelines for Reopening of Businesses Checklist
- COVID-19 Employer Compliance Checklist
- COVID-19 Employee Screening Questionnaire Checklist
- COVID-19 Jobsite Visitor Questionnaire Checklist
- NZ COVID-19 Level 3 Work Daily Checklist – Personal
- NZ COVID-19 Level 3 Work Daily Checklist – Team / Site Leader
New Zealand retail store owners can follow the Guidelines for all businesses set by New the official business government website; particularly, the Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2. This provides tips, safety tips and precautions for retail stores such as prescribed social distancing standards, keeping contact tracing records, and meeting health, safety, and hygiene requirements.
Below is a list of retail industry COVID-19 checklists retail owners can use for free:
Food and Hospitality
Under alert level 3, New Zealand Food Safety provides guidance to food businesses which operate under the Food Act 2014. The act includes butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, delicatessens, cafes, restaurants, takeaways,food service manufacturers, food transporters, cheesemakers, winemakers, and horticultural growers.
New Zealand’s official business government website also provides guidance to the hospitality industry, covering social distancing, contact tracing, and customer management.
Below is a list of food industry COVID-19 checklists employers can use for free:
Sitesafe offers COVID-19 construction safety guides for both level 2 and level 3 protocols. They provide detailed guidelines for the reopening and operation of construction businesses in New Zealand, as well as summarized “1 pagers” for quicker comprehension and implementation of the basic principles.
Below is a list of retail industry COVID-19 checklists employers in the construction industry can use for free:
Transport and Logistics
The Ministry of Transport provides guidance on transport and travel categorized by alert level. It covers specific sections such as domestic air services, urban public transportation, and freight. It outlines the different safety precautions and operational limits per alert level.
Below is a list of COVID-19 transport and logistics checklists employers in New Zealand can use for free: