18th August 2020
As we enter our second week in Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 elsewhere, we have been busy refreshing our COVID policy for how we run programmes. We understand how important a good routine for our Recreate participants, so we are thinking of you as you adjust to this way of life. Equally, I hope your young person has been enjoying the few zoom catch ups we have hosted already.
We are pleased to announce what we are offering in alert level 2. Also, a quick reminder that in alert level 3, we are not offering any physical programmes, but rather zoom only.
Alert level 2
We will be offering our regular midweek opportunities such as Life Skills full course and Module, and Moxie with no change. We are also continuing our already scheduled Urban, Short Breaks and Getaways but these programmes will look a little different than in level 1. We are conscious that the larger sized group dynamic is tricky to manage safely, so we are trimming our group sizes for these Urban, Short Break and Getaway programmes. This might mean we split an Urban into two smaller groups over a Friday and Saturday evening for example, instead of one larger group.
We will be contacting those who have booked on each programme in due time, and it is worth mentioning that if for any reason your young person is feeling unwell or feels uncomfortable being on programme, please let us know and deposits can be credited or refunded.
The next alert level announcement from the government is expected Wednesday 26th August. We will have another update for you after this important day, and we are hoping for good news that New Zealand can bounce back from this very well!
Please be assured that the health and safety of participants, facilitators and volunteers is of utmost importance and our top priority. We have been adopting the recommended health and safety quidelines:
Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
• before eating or handling food
• after using the toilet
• after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
• after caring for sick people.
Why? To kill the virus if it’s on your hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
Why? If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.
Stay away from others if you’re unwell.
Why? To stop the spread of infection to others.
Additionally, we will be cleaning surfaces in the office regularly.
So if your young person is feeling unwell before a programme, please let us know as soon as possible. We are encouraging families to take extra precautions around this time and the foreseeable future. This might mean regular visits to your doctor, extra hand washing and sanitisation.
Recreate has always been active in the community, but it is possible that some programmes may change depending on circumstances at the time.
We hope this helps, and that we can continue seeing you on our programmes.
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.