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COVID-19 UPDATES

8 OCTOBER: All areas returned to Level 1

 

REMINDER – COVID-19 LEVELS: 14 – 21 September

Auckland Supercity remains at COVID-19 Level 2.5; rest of the country at Level 2

Level 2.5 – no social gatherings larger than 10 people.

Feasibility of Level 2.5 any face-to-face Guide meetings will be decided by Auckland Area Manager

Refer to Covid19.govt.nz for more information

 

Update 1 September: The New Level 2  

All New Zealand is now in COVID-19 Level 2.

All levels throughout the country will be reviewed for potential change/extension the week commencing 31 August, to be implemented from midnight Sunday 6 September. 

What this means for Guiding activities: 

Meetings 

Auckland supercity: No face-to-face meetings before 7 September  

Under the current definition of alert Level 2 for the Auckland supercity region there will be no face-to-face meetings in the Auckland region. This is because of the maximum 10 person per gathering rule. Factoring in drops-offs and pick-ups, a gathering would easily reach (and exceed) the 10-person gathering ‘bubble’, so it is not feasible to safely return to face-to-face Guiding before this date. We believe that this is this safest and most responsible decision to ensure the welfare of all members of our Guiding family in the Auckland region. 

Virtual types of Guiding may be offered instead during this time; your Unit Leader should be in touch, but please contact them if you are not sure.  

The rest of New Zealand: Face-to-face meetings can occur

Continue face-to-face where possible and Leaders and girls are comfortable to do so. The requirements for social distancing and hygiene practices as outlined here (https://covid19.govt.nz/) must be adhered to

Girl and adult attendance is recorded by the Unit Leader 

Explore 

Explore is not affected and will continue as normal. 

 

Events 

Auckland supercity: All events scheduled to take place before 7 September are cancelled. 

This is because of the maximum 10 person per gathering rule, and the temporary closure of many venues. 

This applies to Guiding events, as well as GirlPowered NZ (community) events.  

Any event fee paid will be held in credit against your daughter’s record and this credit can be utilised for other Guiding activities or credited against any outstanding monies.  

Venues and properties owned/operated by GirlGuiding NZ are closed. This will be reviewed in line with the decision on Alert Levels to come during the week commencing 1 September. 

The rest of New Zealand:

Events and group activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, record keeping, and physical distancing where practical. If events are affected and need to be cancelled, staff will be in contact directly. 

Attendance will be recorded by event Leaders.

Any public venues, including Guide halls and venues can open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 1 metre physical distancing and record keeping. 

Event facilities can have more than 100 people at a time, provided there are no more than 100 in a defined space, and the groups do not mix.

 

In General 

Keep track of your movements; follow the advice of the Ministry of Health regarding use of the official Covid-19 app. 

You must use a face mask on public transport (buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers.) 

Follow all hygiene recommendations from the Ministry of Health regarding hand washing; coughing and sneezing into your elbow; practicing social distancing; and covering your nose and mouth with a mask or other covering if social distancing is not possible. 

If you’re unwell 

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise. 
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested. 
  • If you have been told to self-isolate, you must do so immediately. 

Our Government remains our ‘one source of truth’; we will continue to monitor and follow their advice as it comes to hand. You can find out more about this current advice here: https://covid19.govt.nz/ 

We will continue reviewing the full implications of the change in Alert Levels for GirlGuiding NZ and Guiding activities and will provide you with further resources and updates as these become available. 

Update 12 August: Guiding at Increased Alert Levels

(Currently until midnight Friday 14 August) 

We are aware that yesterday’s announcement with information regarding returning to Level 3 and Level 2 has generated a lot of interest and a number of questions. We hope we have these covered below.  

We will continue to update you as we receive further information. As always, thanks for your support and understanding at this time. Kia kaha and stay safe. 

 

Level 3  

Meetings 

No face-to-face meetings this week. Virtual types of Guiding may be offered; if you haven’t heard from your Unit Leader, do contact them or [email protected] to confirm. 

Attendance will be tracked via the OGM attendance record function. 

Events 

Events the weekend of 15/16 cancelled and any event fee will be held in credit 

P Cards and Fees 

There will be no change to use of P Cards or fees at this point.  

 

Level 2  

Meetings 

Continue face-to-facewith the requirements for social distancing and hygiene practices as outlined here (https://covid19.govt.nz/) 

Ensure you use the OGM attendance record function, whether you meet virtually or face-to-face. 

Explore is not affected and will continue as normal. 

Events 

Events and group activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, record keeping, and physical distancing where practical. If events are affected and need to be cancelled, staff will be in contact directly. 

Attendance will be tracked via the OGM attendance record function. 

Any public venues, including Guide halls and venues can open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 1 metre physical distancing and record keeping. 

Event facilities can have more than 100 people at a time, provided there are no more than 100 in a defined space, and the groups do not mix. 

 

In General 

Explore is not affected and will continue as normal  

Keep track of your movements. 

Follow all hygiene recommendations from the Ministry of Health regarding hand washing; coughing and sneezing into your elbow; covering your nose and mouth with a mask or other covering; and practicing social distancing. 

If you’re unwell 

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise. 
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested. 
  • If you have been told to self-isolate, you must do so immediately. 

Our Government remains our ‘one source of truth’; we will continue to monitor and follow their advice as it comes to hand. You can find out more about this current advice here. 

Update 16 June: Reduced Group Fees for Term 3

To continue supporting our Guiding family as we move out of the immediate crisis caused by COVID-19, group Guiding (returning to a face-to-face model) fees will be reduced to $45 for Term 3, and Explore will remain free for all 2020.

We have begun looking at transitioning back to face-to-face meetings from 15 June for those Leaders, girls and venues where this was possible

Here’s what will be happening:

Term 2

  • Classic group Guiding (which has been operating virtually) is starting to move back to a face-to-face model for the last several meetings of Term 2.  It will remain free for the duration of Term 2, even where girls return to up to three face-to-face meetings.
  • Unit Leaders will contact parents of girls in their unit and clarify with them how the unit will meet for the remainder of Term 2, whether in person or virtually. This is dependent on factors such as availability of Leaders and venues.  

Terms 3 and 4

  • Our online platforms, Explore Pippins and Brownies, remain free for all of 2020
  • A fee will be re-introduced for group Guiding bu,t as we want girls to continue experiencing and benefitting from the connection, routine, normalcy and friendship Guiding provides, despite any possible financial distress their family may be experiencing, the Board has decided to reduce fees to $45 for Term 3
  • In Term 4, fees will return to $90. 

 

Update 16 April: Temporary Fee Waivers for all Members

In times of crisis family help each other out, so we’re helping our Guiding family by temporarily waiving membership fees for both our Classic (currently Virtual) Group Guiding and our Explore Digital Guiding options.

For group guiding members, Guiding will be free for the next Guiding block, 10 weeks from April 28 – 3 July. For Explore members, Guiding will be free for 2020. 

Right now, more girls and families than ever need what Guiding offers – connection, routine, normalcy and friendship. Guiding builds confidence and resilience. Therefore, we’re extending this offer not only to our current members, but those who want to join our Guiding whanau.

This is a loss of income of $510,000, which we consider it a worthwhile investment in our community. However, those who wish to and can afford to support us with a donation can do so here.

You can read more about what free Guiding means here.

We had fortunately already taken the unprecedented step of suspending face-to-face Guiding activities from 23 March onwards and so, currently: 

  • All face-to-face unit meetings, camps, training and other activities are suspended for the remainder of this term.  We have moved to Virtual form of Group Guiding 

  • Alternative delivery options to enable Virtual Group Guiding are availableWe have a wide range of fun and learning based activities for girls to do at home

  • Our staff teams are available. We implemented our plans for all staff to work from home, which they now are 

  • Our Government remains our ‘one source of truth’; we will continue to monitor and follow their advice as it comes to hand

In our 112-year history we have done this through other pandemics and two world wars.  GirlGuiding NZ will continue to support and empower girls and provide options that ensure they have access to the activity, camaraderie and fun of Guiding until we can safely resume face-to-face meetings

Now more than ever our wider community can benefit from what Guiding brings – resilience, confidence, a sense of community and leadership. We know that our girls and volunteers will bring these qualities to the support of each other and their communities.  

Please do follow the advice from the Ministry of Health, follow updates from the Government and remember that Healthline has a special free-phone available and is there to support you as well: 0800 358 5453.