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Please also see Covid19.govt.nz for official information.
During this unsettling time, our key focus at Greenacres Golf Club is the health and safety of our members, visitors and staff. As always, we are committed to maintaining the highest level of hygiene standards and continue to follow all Ministry of Health recommendations.
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.
Please also see: Protect Yourself
If you arrived in New Zealand from any country in the last 14 days, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date you departed the last country you visited. If you arrived more than 14 days ago, you do not need to self-isolate.
If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of contact.
A Summary of covid-19 vs flu vs a cold – what to look for.
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD (25 March 2020)
The PM has just said treat this self-isolation as if you had the covid19 virus. So stay at home.
With that in mind the decision has been made to close the course.
In the short term the old pole gate will be closed and padlocked.
Until we receive firm direction from NZ Golf or the Government on what members can or cannot do we need to take the safe option; for members, for the community and for the club.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR BOARD (24 March 2020)
Wow what a difference a day makes. We have been very busy working on keeping our Club and our members and staff safe and working within the Government requirements.
Monday was a major announcement and made everything real. You will have heard the Prime Minister say (as members) “you will be able to come out and get some fresh air” and play with your partners in crime or isolation (whichever).
Today All of Government Controller John Ombler said that the response to Covid-19 is “unprecedented” and staff across the private and public sectors were working on delivering essential services to New Zealanders.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday “everyone MUST stay at home unless they are working in essential services”. Ombler said that meant no socialising with people outside their households. He said people could go outside and exercise, but keep 2m away from other people at all times.
“Physical separation, but maintain social connection.”
The principle here is to stop the virus spreading by eliminating or minimising all movements. It is also timely to remind members that under Level 3 (and Level 4) any gathering of people not in the same household is prohibited.
The Board is and will continue to work hard (remotely) on behalf of the club. We are conscious of our obligations to be not only a good employer (including following government guidelines and employment law precedent) but also to be the employer of choice to our excellent greenkeeping and other staff. In short, we will work hard to support and retain our people.
We are also carefully managing the Club’s finances during this period of closure and ask members to support the club in its endeavors to maintain the course and staffing levels by keeping membership subscriptions up to date (the due date for 2020/2021 subs is 31st March).
Clearly the situation is evolving day by day. If the lockdown is extended or other requirements put in place then as members would expect The Board will look at all issues and the impact on the club and members.
The Board will keep you updated on matters as they evolve.
Our thoughts go out to all those men who’ve spent months telling their partners – I’ll do that when I have time…… ………
Keep safe and look after each other and stay connected.
We are wishing you well.
Latest Covid-19 national response update (25 March 2020)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to the media today after Parliament received the Covid-19 epidemic notice, with the country officially now in a state of emergency.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has one simple message for New Zealanders on the eve of an unprecedented lockdown – ‘stay home‘.
“It will break the chain of transmission and it will save lives,” she said.
Watch the update on rnz.co.nz
Essential Businesses (24 March 2020)
Only businesses that are essential to the provision of the necessities of life may remain open during the Level 4 Alert period. If a business is unsure whether it provides such products or services, it should shut its premises.
COVID-19 Alert Level 3 & 4 (23 March 2020)
NZ is now at Alert Level 3 and moves to Alert Level 4 within 48 hours. Requirements are in place for at least the next four weeks to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.
- Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
- Affected educational facilities closed
- Gatherings, indoors or out, and of any shape or size, must be cancelled.
- Public venues closed (eg. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
- Alternative ways of working required and non-essential businesses should close
- Non face-to-face primary care consultations
- Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff reprioritised
Stay at home
- Everyone should work at home.
- Vulnerable people in particular should stay at home and self-isolate.
- Only the children of essential workers should be at school or early childhood facilities. This will be communicated directly to parents and will change.
- You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times.
- People over 70 years of age, people who have compromised immunity or people who have underlying respiratory conditions should stay at home as much as they can.
LEVEL 4 (from midnight Wednesday)
- People instructed to stay at home
- Educational facilities closed
- Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
- Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
- Travel severely limited
- Major reprioritisation of healthcare services
Please also see Covid19.govt.nz for official information.
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 (21 March 2020)
NZ is now at Alert Level 2 where the disease is contained but the risks are growing because we have more cases. This is when we move to reduce our contact with one another. This is also the level where we ask people to work differently if they can, and cancel unnecessary travel.
People over 70 or with compromised immunity should stay at home as much as possible.
Physical distancing should be used (such as timings between tee times and in the clubhouse), and people should limit their travel around the country. Please remember that the vast majority of people with COVID-19 will only have mild to moderate symptoms, but others will need care.
What is the Club doing?
We have added extra measures to our cleaning regime, including adding more alcohol-based sanitisers and disinfectant sprays and more frequent sanitisation of tables, door handles, screens and other high volume touch points throughout the club.
We have moved the tables and chairs so that there is greater physical distance between people. Some commonly used equipment has also been moved or removed, Please try to maintain and respect these distances and remember the maximum group size is 100 in the clubhouse.
Staff have been provided with details of MoH recommendations and requirements. As always staff who are unwell are required to stay at home.
We have closed access to New Zealand Motor Caravan Association members (who previously have been the only holidaymakers permitted to use our campervan parking area).
Group gatherings of 500 or less outdoors and 100 or less indoors (the clubhouse) only are permitted. Club Captains and staff will carefully monitor this.
Play and Competitions (please also see Club Event Changes)
Physical exercise, staying connected with others, sunshine are all part of taking care of yourself. For this reason the club remains open and competitions, subject to size limits and MoH guidelines are continuing. In addition to the Board, our Health & Safety representative, plus our Men’s and Ladies Captains will provide regular updates. Please follow their direction.
The clubhouse/Shop etc will be closed from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.
As the situation is ever evolving we will continue to follow all MoH requirements and provide updates via our weekly newsletter, Snippets.
If you are at all unsure about playing then please call the Golf Shop on 03 544 6441
Most importantly stay safe, look out for each other and please contact the club if you need help.