Requirements for disability community non-residential care providers at all settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
All disability services must continue to operate throughout all settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
At each setting a risk assessment should be used to consider:
- the level of personal protection equipment required
- the method of service delivery (for example, remote or face to face)
- staff movements to factor in the location of your service if case numbers are high or vaccination rates are low.
In relation to individual service delivery providers should also consider:
- if there is a lack of clarity about the person’s movement or contact history
- if the person has had contact with a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
- if the person is currently self-isolating upon the advice of public health, including Healthline
- if the person is vaccinated.
Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, we want to make sure the same approach applies to disabled people and whānau as it does for everyone else. Some disabled people may have underlying health conditions that make them at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Even with vaccinated staff, advice is still for the person to take extra precautions to keep safe. This includes wearing a mask indoors, practicing physical distancing when possible, and washing hands.
The vaccination status of residents and whānau informs planning for safe delivery of disability supports. It will not otherwise affect the decision to provide support.
Services at Green
While regions are at Green disability non-residential community providers can operate while following public health measures. There are no required limits on staff movement and all workplaces are open. Face coverings are encouraged indoors.