COVID - 19 ADVISORY

 


March 24th 2020 -

Our office is now closed, we will be accessing emails remotely. 

Any queries can be sent to admin@seaviewmarina.co.nz or tony@seaviewmarina.co.nz.  For emergencies, we are available on our cellphones.

Alan - 027 443 5330
Tony 0274 102 196

Please read the following urgent message from the Coastguard:
 

Urgent message from Coastguard: uniting against COVID-19

Yesterday, we heard from the Prime Minister that to combat this virus we need to self-isolate and take individual responsibility.

Last year Coastguard responded to more than 3,700 calls for help, proving that regardless of your planning and preparation as a boatie, you can’t always rely on your own steam to get home.


As individuals we need to recognise that our actions can have an effect on others.

We have had a lot of calls and messages from the public asking if they’re able to go out on the water during the lockdown period;
our answer is no. Should you get into difficulty, you will quickly want help from Coastguard volunteers and staff, requiring them to leave self-isolation and come together to help you.

At this time when we all need to Unite to beat Covid-19, we ask that you stay off the water and out of harm’s way. Please don’t put yourself or others at risk.

Stay safe, keep well.

Current situation

New Zealand has 797 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. More information is available on our current cases page. With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4 – Eliminate

These alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. Nationwide, New Zealand is currently at Level 4 – Eliminate. This means that it is likely that the disease is not contained. See more information about Alert levels.

Find out how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during Alert Level 4.

See more information about Alert levels.

COVID-19 – HYGIENE & SELF ISOLATION – 23 March 2020


If you are a resident at Seaview Marina and have been asked, or voluntarily gone into isolation onboard your vessel, please contact the SML Office via phone or email urgently.

We will make the necessary arrangements for ongoing access to the onshore facilities.

If you are a vessel owner but do not reside in the marina, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE MARINA WHILE IN LOCKDOWN.  


For any non-essential contact, please email or phone our office rather than coming in.  If you do need to come into the office, please use the hand sanitiser supplied and keep to a 1 -2 metre distance.  You can email us on admin@seaviewmarina.co.nz or phone on 04 568 3736.

1.    UPDATE

New Zealand has 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19. For a summary of the current status see our latest media release (22 March). More information is available on our current cases page. With continued vigilance, the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

There are currently restrictions on who can enter New Zealand. Travellers who have arrived in New Zealand within the last 14 days are being asked to self-isolate – see Self-isolation to find out more.

If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2 – Reduce
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has announced New Zealand COVID-19 alert levels. These new alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. Nationwide, New Zealand is currently at Level 2 – Reduce. This means disease is contained but the risk of community transmission is growing.

See more information about Alert levels.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

Find out more.

https://covid19.govt.nz/

2.   PURPOSE

The purpose of this information sheet (and subsequent updates) will be to inform SML Stakeholders of the requirements regarding personal hygiene and self-isolation at Seaview Marina.

3.   PERSONAL HYGIENE

The aim of promoting good personal hygiene is to assist with minimising community transmission.
 
Basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections, including the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Basic hygiene measures include:

 
  • hand hygiene – that is, washing hands regularly with soap and water, or cleansing with hand sanitiser
  • staying at home if you are sick
  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand hygiene
  • cleaning surfaces regularly.
 
3.1          SML FACILITIES

People may be infected or mildly ill with COVID-19 and not aware. In an environment in which there are shared facilities (such as the SML bathrooms), personal hygiene standards MUST be maintained. As highlighted the aim is to prevent/minimise community transmission.
 
To assist with the promotion of good personal hygiene, SML has undertaken the following steps:

 
  • additional daily cleaning by our contractors including high touch areas with alcohol based cleaning products
  • awaiting installation of additional hand sanitizing stations – we do have sanitiser at our office, please use this on entry to the office
  • our current soap is medical grade hand soap
  • provision of disinfectant cleaning products in bathrooms for individuals to clean before or after use of facilities.
 
All bathrooms have been supplied with a spray bottle of disinfectant. This is to assist individuals using the facilities with the cleaning of ‘high touch ‘surfaces.  Please do not remove these from the bathrooms and use the bins provided for paper towels.
 
High touch surfaces include door handles, bathroom fixtures, toilets, hand basins and shower trays.
 
Our recommendation is that a spray and rinse of the shower tray prior to a shower will help maintain a good level of hygiene. The disinfectant is premixed to manufacturers specifications, care should be taken around children and it should be treated like other kitchen/bathroom spray cleaners.
 
The disinfectant should also be used to clean any bathroom surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. We recommend that a paper towel is used to dry off door handles, basins and toilet seats - please dispose of paper towels in the bins provided.
 
PLEASE HELP MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF HYGIENE IN THE FACILITIES BY EXERCISING A HIGH PERSONAL STANDARD OF HYGIENE.

4.   SELF ISOLATION

NZ is in the ‘stamp it out ‘phase and slowing the progression of COVID-19. The NZ Ministry of Health has advised that self-isolation has been a success.
 
If you returned from any country in the last 14 days, then you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure.
 
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.
 
If you are to undertake self-isolation on board your vessel in the marina, you must contact the SML Office prior, contact is to be via telephone or email.
 
The NZ Ministry of Health guidelines around self-isolation (amended for living onboard a boat at Seaview Marina) is attached to this notice. Should a resident go into self-isolation at Seaview Marina the following will apply:

 
  • SML Office to be notified via telephone or email
  • You cannot invite or allow social visitors (friends/family) to come on board your vessel during your period of self-isolation
  • The attached guideline is to be followed
  • SML will arrange for a toilet/shower to be available exclusively for those in self-isolation in the onshore facilities.
  • Due to the requirement for strict controls over contact with other people, there will be a separate information sheet for those in self-isolation that will stipulate when and how onshore facilities are to be used.
 
Please contact the SML Office should you have any questions.
 
Date of Publication:                             23/03/2020
 
 
Date of Next Update:                          As Necessary
 
 
Approved by:                                      Alan McLellan (CEO SML)


COVID-19 – staying onboard (self-isolation at Seaview Marina)


If you returned from any country in the last 14 days, then you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact. Staying at home refers to self-isolation onboard a boat.


Recent arrivals

If you have been in any country except those listed in Category 2 in the last 14 days:

 
  • Stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the date of departure or close contact
  • Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453, or your GP if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
  • If you arrive in New Zealand before 23:59 pm on Sunday 15 March from any country (except Italy or South Korea) you do not need to self-isolate. If you arrive after 1:00 am on Monday 16 March from any country except those listed on the countries and areas of concern under Category 2 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
What does staying at home mean?

Staying home is a precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family, friends, colleagues - from possibly contracting COVID-19. Self-isolation is an effective measure of prevention. We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible like you would with the seasonal flu virus. We know it may be a stressful time, but taking these measures will help protect you, your family, and all New Zealand from COVID-19 and other common infectious diseases.
 
As much as possible, you should limit your contact with people other than the family members/companions you traveled with. You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies.
 
If you are in a home where the others who live with you haven’t traveled, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. The other household residents do not need to self-isolate provided these precautions are followed.
 
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine.

Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
 
For all non-health related questions, call 0800 Government (0800 779 997).

Things you can do to make it easier

Staying at home may present its own challenges, but there are things you can do to make the 14 days easier.

 
  • before you return to New Zealand, you need to plan and think about what you need to be able to stay at home for the full 14 days
  • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need in advance
  • talk to your employer to see if you can work from home during this time
  • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications
  • if you need supplies while you are staying at home, ask friends or family to drop off anything you need, or you can order supplies online. Make sure any deliveries are left outside your home for you to collect. Many New Zealand companies are now offering a ‘contactless’ delivery option, where they notify you when they have delivered your order but remain nearby to ensure you receive it
  • you can keep in touch with friends and family over the phone, through or other means of contact
  • physical exercise is good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses to help you take light exercise in your home
  • you can go outside, but you need to limit your contact with others
  • don’t use public transport, taxis or similar transport methods during your 14-day period. You can only use public transport after you arrive in New Zealand for the sole purpose of returning to your home but cannot use it after that. You can use your own transport means (car, bike etc) whenever you wish
  • you can live with others during your 14 days, but you need to avoid close contact with them. This also means don’t share beds, linen or food
  • aim to stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened. Try to keep the window open as much as possible to enable ventilation and airflow as this will help to keep clean air moving through your room
Wash your hands often

Cleaning your hands frequently throughout the day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of infection to you and to other people. If you live with others, they should also wash their hands regularly as a precaution.
 
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your elbow. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds making sure you dry them thoroughly. You can also use hand sanitiser.
 
If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. The cleaner should then clean their hands.

Facemasks

Facemasks are not recommended as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. They play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.

While you stay home, try to separate yourself from the people you live with

As much as possible, you should limit your contact with people other than the family members/companions you traveled with. You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.
 
If you are in a home where the others who live with you haven’t traveled, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. The other household residents do not need to self-isolate provided these precautions are followed.
 
Use your own toothbrushes, eating and drinking utensils (including cups and glasses in the bathroom and bedroom), dishes, towels, washcloths or bed linen. Do not share food and drinks. Someone in your home can prepare your food, but you should not prepare food for others. Wash your clothing and dishes separate to others in your home.

If you have a garden, it is fine to do gardening as you aren’t in close contact with other members of your household.

Use of shared spaces if you live with others

You should not be sharing a bed with others. You may need to speak with your family about sleeping arrangements. You should avoid sleeping in a common area during the 14-day period.
 
Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens and sitting rooms as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated. Clean surfaces after you use them and try to avoid touching them after you have cleaned them. This means areas like kitchen benches and sink tops.
 
Make sure you use separate towels from other people in your house, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes. Ask your family or the people you live with to remember to use their own towels.
 
If you use a shared toilet and bathroom, it’s important that you clean them after you have used them every time (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). You may wish to be the last to use the shower/bath in the morning or evening to make this easier on those you live with. You should use your own toilet paper, handitowels, toothpaste and other supplies during your stay at home.
 
If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while others are present. Take your meals back to your room to eat. It may be easier for someone else in your household to prepare your food and you avoid the kitchen area. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry your used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly, remembering to use a separate tea towel.
 
We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face and clean frequently touched surfaces.

Don’t have visitors in your home

Don’t invite or allow social visitors, such as friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or other means of contact.

Laundry

Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. It may be easier for someone else to fold and put away common laundry items (such as towels and tea towels) and provide a supply for you.
 
You should fold and put away your own laundry items.
 
Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
 
If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 14-day isolation period has ended before taking your laundry to a laundrette. Don’t ask others to do your laundry.

If you live with children

If your children didn’t travel overseas with you, they can continue to attend school and other normal activities. You should reduce your close contact with them, however,that may not be possible with children, particularly young children.
 
Try to explain to your children what is happening in a way that is easy to understand. Tell them you are staying at home to protect other people. Try to avoid worrying children. Remind them you are not sick, and it’s unlikely you will become sick, but you are being very safe to protect them and other New Zealanders.
What we have seen so far is that children with COVID-19 appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.
 
If a child develops symptoms, you should contact Healthline. They will also need to stay at home for 14 days from the onset of their symptoms.

Getting food and medicine

Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands like supermarket shopping on your behalf.
 
Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing:
 
Your emotional and mental health is important. It is normal to feel stressed or lonely when self-isolating, but there are some things you can do to feel better. Information on managing your mental wellbeing.
Reach out to your usual supports, like family and friends, and talk about how you feel. We also recommend sticking to a routine such as having regular mealtimes, bedtimes and exercising.
 
If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.

If you become unwell, contact Healthline
Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453, or your GP if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
 
For all non-health related questions, call 0800 Government (0800 779 997).