New Zealand Law Society - COVID-19 Protection Framework: RED Protocol for Visitors

COVID-19 Protection Framework: RED Protocol for Visitors


The New Zealand Government has transitioned its COVID-19 strategy from elimination to protection. The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa wants to support this strategy to create certainty and stability for employees and allows our lives to return to some resemblance of normal. Creating certainty for businesses that they can remain open to protect livelihoods and opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in normal activities while being protected from the worst effects of the virus. We want to encourage employees to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these protocols.


Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework and Law Society COVID-19 Response policy restrictions and requirements will apply differently to fully vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.


A change to red traffic light will occur when the government announces a change in the COVID-19 Protection Framework level for a specific region or regions across Aotearoa.


For fully vaccinated visitors, under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, at red traffic light, all movement restrictions are removed but gatherings, events and public facilities are restricted to a maximum of 100 people with social distancing restrictions of 1 metre apply based on the site capacity to maintain social distancing requirements. Masks recommended when meeting at Law Society premises or contracted event venues.

Unvaccinated visitors will not be able to enter immediately and will be asked to meet virtually or arrange an appointment where requirements can be met for a safe face to face meeting and/or the contactless handover of documents (if required).

Entry requirements for all contractors, suppliers and visitors include:
• QR scanning and record keeping are required; and
• declare their vaccination status and present a vaccine pass/certificate; and
• Mask wearing is recommended

A sanitising and contact-tracing desk is set up at the main entrances to all offices, libraries, branches, and event venues. Available on each desk are disposable masks, sanitiser, wipes, QR code posters, sign-in sheets (if unable to QR scan) and a list of protocols to be followed.

If you have a cough, cold or flu-like symptoms you must STAY AWAY until symptom free, and have a negative COVID –19 test.

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