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Covid-19 Information

Rangitīkei District Council's Three-Stage Covid-19 Response Plan

8 December 2022

Council has noticed increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases within our community. In response, Council has considered the best ways to keep everyone safe should similar patterns happen within our own workforce.

While there are very few legislated restrictions or mandates in place, we feel it is sensible to have a plan for how our operations will work if our internal staff case numbers grow along with additional measures to keep our staff and community safe and slow the spread of Covid-19 as much as possible.

Council has come up with a Three-Stage Covid-19 Response Plan which outlines what will happen if case numbers within our staff grow.

You’ll see that the plan is in three stages according to case numbers:

  • Stage 1, Relaxed (grey)
  • Stage 2, Ready (blue)
  • Stage 3, Protect (orange)

The plan outlines our approach to each stage and covers things like operational status, physical distancing, meeting procedures, cleaning, masks, RAT’s and communications.

The plan takes effect immediately, and Rangitīkei District Council is currently in Stage 1 (Relaxed).

It is important to note that this Covid-19 Response Plan will be flexible and subject to change.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please contact our Customer Experience team: 0800 422 522 or email

Changes to Covid-19 Response

12 September 2022

The Government’s announcement yesterday about changes to the response to Covid-19. The changes came into effect from 11.59pm Monday 12 September 2022.

The main messages are that masks and mandates are no longer mandatory; and the Protection Framework (the traffic lights) has been removed.

What does this means:

  • All capacity limits have been removed
  • Any distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces no longer applies
  • All remaining Government vaccine mandates will now end
  • Mandatory seven-day self-isolation of COVID-19 cases is retained
  • Household contacts are no longer required to isolate, there is new guidance around testing applies instead – people are asked to undertake a daily RAT every day for 5 days

Face coverings are now only mandatory in healthcare settings.

  • However, they are recommended if:
  • you are a household contact of a case; you are at a higher risk of severe illness;
  • you want to reduce your risk of becoming unwell;
  • there are many vulnerable people present at an indoor space;
  • or you are in a crowded indoor space where you cannot physically distance.

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    Rangitīkei District Council is guided by the Ministry of Health on all decision making around Covid-19.