New Zealand is currently undergoing a covid-19 outbreak of the Delta variant so Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3 and the rest of the country is at level 2. Northland will be in level 3 until 11.59pm on Tuesday the 19th of October, when it will move into level 2. The decision on any changes on alert levels for Waikato will be reviewed on Friday the 22nd of October. Auckland will remain at step 1 of Alert level 3 and this decision will be reviewed on Monday the 1st of November.
Areas in the Waikato currently in level 3 are:
If you are unsure please check the Ministry of Health Covid-19 information by going to their website or ring their health line (links and numbers at the bottom of this page). The Waikato alert level 3 is for 5 days from 11:59pm on Sunday 3 October 2021.
Step 1 of Alert Level three means Aucklanders can meet people in in one other bubble, for a total of two bubbles meeting at a time, and the total number of people meeting must be 10 or less. They may only meet outside. Please wear masks, and maintain social distancing when you meet. Ensure your group is not near to another group meeting outside. That people meet only outside is key to the change. Outdoor activities in groups of 10 or less is allowed including going to the beach, or outdoor yoga etc. All other level 3 restrictions are in place. Naturopaths in Auckland may only phone or video consult but may not see clients in person.
You can work from home if you have no interaction with people outside your bubble as you cannot see clients face-to-face. Having consultations on phone or online formats is a great option. Information about how to do this can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/336807163070325/posts/2807891392628544/
Naturopaths in the rest of the country must wear masks when practising indoors. Best practice is also to ensure that clients are not waiting together before consults. Please check the alert level information for your area.
Please get a Covid-19 test if you show any symptoms it is also very important to self-isolate while waiting for results. Please refer to the government guidelines at the bottom of this page if you need clarification.
We ask that you maintain stringent sanitation practices and ensure that you maintain social distancing. Should you be unsure, err on the side of caution and check government guidelines, at the website listed or call the helpline number, both of which are listed at the bottom of this page.
As primary health care support Naturopaths can be a great source of comfort and help for people during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, naturopaths are not on the official list of essential workers. We need to ensure we are not also a vector point when the idea is to stamp out the disease by giving it no points of contact to transfer. We can also help by spreading the official public health messages. Please ensure you are doing so.
If a client contacts you with any symptoms of Covid-19 refer them to a testing station
The best thing to do is to imagine you have Covid-19. Would the measures you’re taking stop the spread?
The shipping of herbal and nutritional medicines may have restrictions please check with your supplier or with the government helpline. The following can also be prescribed to support your clients.
Over the counter products available through pharmacies and supermarkets.
Herbal teas and decoctions people can make from culinary spices, herbs, garden plants and NZ natives.
Nutritional medicine using food
If you must go out to get essential items –
Maintain a minimum safe distance of 2 metres
Avoid unnecessary activities
Don’t linger near people for more than 15 minutes
Wiping surfaces down if they have been touched, being more thorough with cleaning and washing hands regularly is a good idea.
Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (for kids it helps to tell them to sing Happy Birthday twice).
Have everyone entering your house or place of work (if you are an essential worker and can operate during level 4) wash their hands upon entering to keep inside a safe zone.
If you are concerned you are showing symptoms, DO NOT go to the emergency department or your doctor’s office, rather call your doctor, or the dedicated Covid-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453) for up to date advice and information on what to do.
If you have having an emergency, phone 111 and advise them that the symptoms are Covid-19 related.
For regularly updated information please visit the Ministry of Health resource dedicated to giving information on covid-19 here https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources/covid-19-information-sheets-general-public