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COVID-19: Practical Steps for Protecting Privacy while Contact Tracing
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

The need to protect privacy while enabling contact tracing for COVID-19 cases is top of mind as more New Zealand businesses prepare to reopen their doors under Alert Level 2. While the basic requirements for contract tracing registers seem simple enough to follow, there are some practical steps businesses should take to ensure compliance with current privacy law. The basic requirements for contact tracing registers At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This will include having a register in place to enable any contact tracing that becomes needed...

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FMA Level 2 Guidelines
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

The Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on 13 May 2020. While it is still not business as usual, Alert Level 2 will see an increase in business activity. The key, however, is to reduce the risk of transmission. In response, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published guidelines (supported by WorkSafe) on how financial service businesses and staff should operate under Level 2...

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing - Will a Contact Tracing App Replace the Need for a Register?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

With the country now in Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 on the horizon, many businesses will be gearing up to welcome their customers physically back onto their premises in some way. At the same time, the Government has foreshadowed a continued focus on contact tracing for the foreseeable future. With this in mind, we anticipate that many businesses looking to re-open their doors to onsite customers will need to consider how to keep track of all those who enter their premises, from employees and contractors to suppliers and customers. Each group presents different challenges for contact tracing but the need to protect personal privacy is common to all of them...

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Alert Level 3: Big Change for Some Commercial Tenancies, Very Little Change for Others
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

Alert Level 3 began at 11.59pm on 27 April 2020, with the implementation of the Health Act (COVID-19 Alert level 3) Order 2020 (theLevel 3 Order). For some people and businesses this change provides welcome relief to revive business operations (albeit with some modifications), but for others very little has changed. Under the Level 3 Order: People must still stay at home and maintain physical distancing but, unlike Alert Level 4, there is now an extensive list of permitted circumstances where people can leave their ‘bubble’, and these include attending your (regional) workplace, provided infection control measures exist...

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COVID-19: Remobilising the Construction Sector
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

The New Zealand Government has announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 (AL3), effective from 11.59pm on 27 April. For the construction sector, this means that ‘non-essential’ projects are able to remobilise to site and resume performance of their works – subject to compliance with health and safety and physical distancing rules...

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