On the eve of a lesser lockdown

Some more people will be able to go back to work tomorrow as we drop to Level 3 lockdown, but most of us will be still confined to our homes and neighbourhoods except for essential trips to the supermarket and for healthcare if required.

RNZ: Building firms gear up to reopen tomorrow under alert level 3

Under level 3, workers can resume on-site work, provided they have a Covid-19 control plan in place, with appropriate health and safety and physical distancing measures.

Building firm Naylor Love’s chief executive, Rick Herd, said plans would be different at every work site, where each site had varying numbers of workers.

“There will be additional cost in some sites where shift work will be required or there will be separation of people which will require a lot of management,” Herd said.

“Some sites will be less efficient than they would have been pre Covid-19 level 3.”

Herd said the lockdown meant clients could see some projects finishing later than anticipated.

Even essential businesses that have operated through the lockdown have been operating on reduced capacity – I know of a freezing works that has been operating under social distancing requirements and has been about half their normal capacity.

The economic effects will be felt for some time for most businesses.

Some people seem to have been suffering from fast food withdrawal and may soon be able to appease their cravings, if they’re prepared to wait their turn in the online queue.

But returning to work has it’s complications for some.

RNZ: Union worries fast food outlets may breach level 3 restrictions

Unite Union spokesman MIke Treen said he has been in touch with McDonald’s about training photos, which appear to show food passed to drive-through customers, closer than 2 metres away.

Covid-19.govt.nz: New Zealand will be at Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April

Under Golden Rules for life at Alert Level 3 we are still being told “If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home, the same as at Alert Level 4.

Some people may have fast food outlets in their neighbourhood, but it is still non-essential travel and it challenges “Keep your bubble as small as possible”.

The Covid level 3 rules are contradictory, as Golden Rules for businesses at Alert Level 3 say “Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.” So pickups of fast food are ok?

I thought most of the food would be delivered, but obviously pickups will pick up.

This won’t worry me, I won’t be racing to the nearest fish and chip shop (which is sort of in my neighbourhood) but I can imagine the possibility of a flood of fast food famished fix finders.

I wonder if any fast food outlets try opening at midnight tonight? That could be more chaotic than the supermarket congestion (that seems to have settled down as people settle into lockdown routine).

NZ Herald: Last day of lockdown – Jacinda Ardern’s message to New Zealand

The headline is misleading – for many if not most of us the lockdown will continue much the same under Level 3.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has warned people not to get too complacent during the final lockdown hours.

“Our marathon will take patience and endurance but we need to finish what we started. Lives and livelihoods depend on our success as a nation.”

That’s right, it’s going to take a lot of time yet to get through this. and the transition to level 3 is going to pose some challenges for some people.

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32 Comments

  1. Duker

     /  27th April 2020

    “Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.” So pickups of fast food are ok?”
    Heard of Paywave ? Just like supermarkets were able to erect perspex screens etc fast food will probably vary their drive through with more screens so that the bagged food is collected directly by customer at the second window?

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    • David

       /  27th April 2020

      If none of your staff have the virus, wear gloves, a mask and safety glasses handing out bags of food should present very very little risk.
      I would imagine that KFC though will have much better practices than your local takeaway so there is probably a bit of self preservation needed when it comes to choice.

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    • What about staying at home, non-essential travel and staying in your neighbourhood?

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      • Gezza

         /  27th April 2020

        I’m just assuming that food pickups – straight there & back – are ok; the rest of the time home detention rules as before.

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      • David

         /  27th April 2020

        Its essentially level 4 with a few more people allowed to work. The nonsense of this is we are going to extraordinary lengths at work but then the weekend hits and they guys get together with their mates and socialize at someones house. In my mind opening bars, shops etc. now with proper protocols is safer than having social life hidden away with no protocols.

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      • Duker

         /  27th April 2020

        “What about staying at home, non-essential travel and staying in your neighbourhood”

        Yes . I think the wording should be stay at home unless you have NECESSARY travel for work, recreation etc.
        As the stores that are open with click and collect or drive through are selling more than ‘essentials’

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      • We were told that regional travel was all right…and that we have to stay at home.

        It’s the old story of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

        The contradictions seem to have gone unnoticed by the powers that be.

        I won’t be buying Peanut Slabs from The Warehouse and paying $5 to have them delivered, but was amused to see them among the ‘essentials’. Good thinking on someone’s part to slip them in among the essential items.

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      • Pink David

         /  27th April 2020

        “What about staying at home, non-essential travel and staying in your neighbourhood?”

        Everything I do is essential. If it was not, I would not do it.

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  2. David

     /  27th April 2020

    Spent lord knows how many hours doing a 21 page covid 19 management plan which will be in effect for just 14 days. My inbox is full of similar type 20 plus page plans of which I have read none except for the ones where the guys will be on their sites.
    While the staff have been given the plans and other peoples plans in reality its too much info so I compressed it down to a single page basic list of instructions, supplied the PPE and the theme articulated to them is just pretend your colleague is infectious.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th April 2020

      👌🏽

      Sounds good. Well done, David. 👍🏼

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      • David

         /  27th April 2020

        PPE gear is eye wateringly expensive, bit slow getting hand sanitizer and not sure what speed click and collect will happen so had to go to the discount pharmacy for 10 small bottles and it came to $249 instead of the usual price of $40.00.
        Another reason that more retail shops should be allowed to open, supply and cost.

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        • Duker

           /  27th April 2020

          All the sellers are being screwed over for these sorts of things…there are bidding wars, scare air freight and so on.

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        • Griff.

           /  27th April 2020

          bit slow getting hand sanitizer and not sure what speed click and collect will happen so had to go to the discount pharmacy for 10 small bottles and it came to $249 instead of the usual price of $40.00.

          Meths is just as effective at a few dollars a liter. NZ meths is 95% ethyl alcohol.
          Add some Aloe Vera and soft soap to make it softer on hands if you are a sensitive wee flower .
          Meths also works just as good as any commercial preparations to sterilize surfaces You can add a little water to slow down evaporation .

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  27th April 2020

            Agreed, it’s ridiculous, Griff. Soap and meths are perfectly adequate used sensibly.

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            • How do you stop it being sticky with soap added ? I happened to have bought some hand sanitiser before the lockdown and had two little handbag ones as well, so won’t need any for ages, but I once used some that was sticky and took ages to rub off.

            • Blazer

               /  27th April 2020

              I thought sticky fingers was your…specialty! 🙂

            • Griff.

               /  27th April 2020

              How do you stop it being sticky with soap added?
              Don”t add the soap add wherever moisturizer you find effective.
              The important information is contained in the effects of the alcohol for sterilizing not the optional additives.
              I am only suggesting well proven scientifically based solutions I expect you to add to my well found evidence based information as it suits.
              Just keep meths to 80% of whatever you chose to use and you will be Ok.

            • For Heaven’s sake, Blazer, give that lying insult a rest; it’s old and tired.

          • Fight4nz

             /  27th April 2020

            Yes , meths is the same active as most hand sanitisers, that is ethanol based. Dilute the meths to 60 – 70% ethanol, add glycerin and same thing with purple dye.
            If you’re looking for commercial quantities try a company called Ixom, may still have something.
            Problem is not lack of retail outlets/competition, it is massive, unprecedented worldwide demand for industrial grade ethanol.

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  3. Corky

     /  27th April 2020

    ”On the eve of a lesser lockdown.”

    I hope so. All I can see is that we are on the eve of pandemonium. Not necessarily going berserk…but just confusion and and people with short fuses after 5 weeks of lockdown.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th April 2020

      Doubt it. Short fuses ought more likely to be defused.

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    • Duker

       /  27th April 2020

      “Not necessarily going berserk…”
      Werent you suggesting armed insurrection a few weeks back….oh thats right you cant ‘see’ any thing other than through your ‘googles’

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      • Corky

         /  27th April 2020

        ”Weren’t you suggesting armed insurrection a few weeks back…”

        😃… stand away from the mirror. It always tells you lies. I suggested it would be a good time for people with agendas, violent or otherwise to start implementing those agenda’s. I gave another example yesterday…but that post was deleted. Predicting is a tricky business. That’s probably why you don’t do it…because your fragile ego cannot bear to be wrong..Hey, if I’m wrong..I’m wrong…like doing random testing on supermarket queues. Remember that? The only thing missing is the dowser I also suggested.😂

        Please remember we are only at level 3 tomorrow. And the world won’t be back to any semblance of normality anytime soon.

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        • I don’t think that random testing was done because you suggested it

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          • Duker

             /  27th April 2020

            And they chose supermarkets because people were there already getting essentials.
            No its wasnt random tests in the queues, it was voluntary self selected tests in the car parks

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          • Corky

             /  27th April 2020

            No, of course it wasn’t, Kitty. It’s just authorities are hamstrung by protocols and procedures and lack of imagination, so they move very slowly. I have no doubt someone, somwhere, suggested supermarket testing. The meeting probably went quiet; as everyone starred at the person suggesting this. Then the meeting resumed without missing a beat. The person who made the suggestion would have got the message – don’t burden us with ‘crazy ideas.’

            @Duker

            You missed the point. And the rugby field. Trying for a cheap point?

            So, Duker. Let’s jump the field and consider something few will be thinking of at the moment:

            Will you line up straight away to be vaccinated against C9 when a vaccine becomes available? Easy question for most…tough for others who do a little thinking.

            I personally will not get jabbed for at least 5 years. I have many reasons for taking that stance.

            What about you? Let’s hear your opinion…and your reasoning.🤔

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th April 2020

    Jones on habeus corpus and NZ’s disastrous emergency legislation:
    https://nopunchespulled.com/2020/04/27/new-legislation-needed/

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    • Gezza

       /  27th April 2020

      Hang on, I’ll have a look … 😐

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      • Gezza

         /  27th April 2020

        As the Australian Prime Minister pointed out, we have not one but two crises to deal with, namely a health issue and an economic concern. That’s a tricky balancing act which the Aussies have tackled, ironically still only incurring a similar death toll on a population basis to us.

        Australia will still suffer a deep recession. We will have a 1930s type depression which will bring in its wake a health crisis far worst than coronavirus, killer of the old and infirm.

        Depression, suicides, family violence and despair lie ahead.

        Crikey ‼️ 😬

        Wish I hadn’t looked now. o_O

        The Prime Minister’s partner spoke out in her defence a week back, accusing critics of an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach.

        That would be valid if we were solely dealing with a health crisis. But we’re not, thus the reality is that the government is at the top of the cliff, pushing everyone over. It’s been a catastrophic misjudgement.

        They’ll have to go ! 😡

        Who else have we got ? 😳

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        • Duker

           /  27th April 2020

          You should have seen the conservatives in Australia having a go at their PM and state premiers over the extent of their responce.
          Many Lib MPS have been told to tone the attacks all down after they were shown polling data supporting the actions taken.

          Since when has Jones really known of anything outside the narrow confines of the property industry …I hear even his own company managers dont like him coming into the office and ‘muck things up’
          Wasnt there once tavern in the street level of one of his towers… which was OK with him but once he spied ‘pokies’, there was a jihad against the bar to force them out

          What Jones wants is Sweden and 1000 kiwis dead – dont forget those clever Swedes had unemployment already at 7.4% before all this

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    • Blazer

       /  27th April 2020

      I don’t think most people need the Australian P.M to point out the….bleedin obvious.

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