Recreate NZ COVID policy - updated 27th July 2022

The following Recreate NZ Covid policy has been reviewed by the Board of Trustee’s on Monday 25th July, with the following changes to be implemented immediately:

In brief:

  • Recreate NZ now requires all staff, volunteers and participants to complete and produce a negative RAT test within 24 hours of attending any overnight programme.

  • Recreate NZ no longer differentiates between unvaccinated and vaccinated participants for programme attendance.

 

Expanded version:

It has been 3 months since the last Covid policy review on the 26th April 2022, and we have a few changes of note. In this 3-month time period, we have seen a large surge in case numbers across Aotearoa. The majority of our programmes have continued with no or minimal disruption, and we are hugely proud of our awesome staff, volunteers and participants to make this happen. We have also seen plenty of people stay at home with covid and non-covid illnesses, or because they are household contacts.

We have also seen covid creep into a few programmes, a scenario which can be very difficult to manage. The health and safety of our young people remains highly prioritised, and we are adding a few measures to keep these standards high. It is also worth mentioning that if your young person is displaying any symptoms or feels unwell, please let us know as soon as possible and stay at home.

Overnight programmes (Getaways, Short Breaks, Adventures, Youth Camps)

  • Recreate programmes remain open to all participants regardless of vaccination status.

  • A negative test result is required from all participants prior to the start of programme.

  • RAT tests must be completed within 24 hours of programme commencement. These can be conducted at home, or at Recreate 15-30 minutes prior to programme start.

  • If your young person has a hesitation around RAT testing, please contact the office to talk discuss this further.

 

Single day programmes (Urban, Holiday Programme, Moxie, Life Skills)

  • Recreate programmes remain open to all participants regardless of vaccination status.

  • RAT tests are not required at this stage, but rather recommended on an occasional basis, and especially if any symptoms develop.

 

General Programme guidelines

  • Mask use may still be required on occasion to comply with the orange light setting. Participants are to bring a mask to programme on the chance they need to use it and Recreate facilitators will have spare on hand as well. 

  • Programmes requiring flights remain operating on a case by case basis, however while the Government guideline determines 7-day isolating with no flying or interisland travel whilst covid positive, it is likely that all upcoming programmes of this nature will continue to be cancelled or postponed. At this stage we are targeting a return to programmes with flights in Term 4 / Spring 2022.

  • When making booking requests for Term 3 / Winter and Term 4 / Spring programmes, Recreate will still require your vaccination status (unless you have already provided your status in a previous booking round) for internal record keeping.

  • COVID - Any participant showing COVID symptoms pre-programme, or has been tested and is waiting for a test result, they will not be able to attend the programme.

  • Any non-attendance due to being a household contact, having COVID or displaying symptoms of COVID will result in a refund of the programme deposit.

  • If a participant is showing COVID symptoms during a programme, a RAT test can be conducted during the programme, and parents/caregivers may be requested for an early collection from programme.

 

The next date to review the Recreate Covid policy will be the 25th October 2022, or unless a major announcement is made before then which could trigger a review.

Programme disruptions

​As this Covid outbreak continues in New Zealand, it is highly likely that we will see disruptions in our community with staff, volunteers or participants becoming infected with COVID, or becoming close contacts requiring self-isolation. Our intention is to keep disruptions to a minimum and to try everything we can to keep programmes running. If our staffing and volunteering resources are depleted due to self-isolation, we may need to cancel programmes. In this situation, we aim to give as much notice as possible.

 

Post-Covid, and return to programmes

  • If someone has already had covid and they have completed their isolation period, and they are no longer sick or displaying symptoms, they are welcome to return to Recreate programmes.

  • If someone has covid symptoms less than a month since having tested positive for covid, they are to stay at home until they are well and display no symptoms.

  • If someone has covid symptoms more than a month since having covid - they will need to test, and isolate if positive.

  • If someone in your household tests positive for Covid, but you have already had Covid, you don’t need to isolate for 3 months. This is because the risk of reinfection during this period is low. In this scenario, Recreate still recommends a RAT test within 24 hours of programme commencement.

 

Programme Health and Safety policy

This document follows the guidelines and advice from the Ministry of Health to ensure a safe programme for all.

​Recreate NZ offers programmes for young people with disabilities, some of whom have compromised immune systems. Bearing this in mind, Recreate NZ facilitators, volunteers and participants must understand and comply with the following rules:

  1. Participant vaccination is encouraged to ensure a safe programme for all.

  2. Recreate programmes are open to all participants, regardless of vaccination status. Recreate NZ requests the status of COVID vaccinations of all participants for internal record keeping. This information will be treated as confidential and will not be shared without consent.

  3. Mask use may still be required on occasion to comply with the orange light setting. Participants are to bring a mask to programme on the chance they need to use it and Recreate facilitators will have spare on hand as well. Facilitator and volunteer vaccination has been compulsory, and remains strongly encouraged to ensure a safe programme for all.

  4. COVID - Any participant showing COVID symptoms pre-programme, or has been tested and is waiting for a test result, they will not be able to attend the programme.

  5. Any non-attendance due to being a household contact, having COVID or displaying symptoms of COVID will result in a refund of the programme deposit.

  6. If a participant is showing COVID symptoms during a programme, a RAT test can be conducted during the programme, and parents/caregivers may be requested for an early collection from programme.

  7. Hygiene - Staff, volunteers and participants must ensure high standards of hygiene including:

  • Regular handwashing and sanitising

  • Limited physical contact

  • Coughing and sneezing into elbows or tissues

Media

Our staff and participants are active members of their communities and do amazing things. We love to support them and sing their praises so whenever they make the newspaper, television or any other media we share it here.

Wilderness Magazine October 2013
Russell Photography and Art Exhibition Western Leader article June 2013
brent kili north shore times august 2013
Southern View - Seeking Summits Sea Kayaking Expedition April 2014
Seeking Summits Queenstown Bungy July 2014
Amy and Sarah Mauer New Zealand Herald August 2014
Seeking Summits - Wilderness Magazine October 2015
Waiheke Eco-zip 2015 - Paul
Hayley Jade Fausett - Western Leader May 2015
Katie Nash - Central Leader April 2015 high quality
Re-Imagine Exhibition - Central Leader May 2015 Correct Names
Waiheke Eco-zip 2015
5 Volcanoes 5 Days North Shore Times Feb 2014
William Hales Weekend Sun July 2018
5 Volcanoes 5 Days Wilderness Mag 2014 crop