Updated: Jun 9
Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 09 June 2020
While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, we must take precautionary measures to protect ourselves, our employees and our business. We believe it is up to every individual to do their part.
While hospitals and governments work to keep people healthy and safe, many businesses are trying to find the right policies and protocols to put in place. Below is our policy that might be of use.
This is the COVID-19 policy for Soda and was made effective from 17 March* (*updated as the situation develops)
Last updated 09 June 2020
This policy applies to all Soda staff.
The policy is provided to all co-workers located at Wintec House for their guidance.
This is a temporary policy and will stay in place until further notice.
The policy will be reviewed every 48 hours to ensure that it complies with NZ Government Health guidelines any updates to the policy will be emailed to all Soda Staff by the Operations Manager.
LEVEL 2 TO LEVEL 1
Following the Prime Ministers announcement latest announcement on June 08, 2020 Soda Inc. is now fully operational while adhering to the Ministry of Health guidelines. Our coworking space is officially and WIntec House is once again unlocked.
Working from Home (WFH)
If Soda staff have any signs of illness, including sniffles, sore throat etc, they must work from home until the symptoms have been clear for 24 hours.
Face to face meetings are now back to normal.
Soda staff may now attend work events as normal.
Soda staff can now look to re-organise some events for the future.
Soda staff may travel domestically for business.
At risk people
If you have close family/friends or people you live with who are at risk, you should continue to be particularly careful and caring.
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.
SODA COWORKING SPACE
Soda's coworking space reopened during level 2 on Monday 18 May, 2020.
It’s important to understand what level 1 means in a general sense. The message to “stay safe” hasn’t changed. The good news is there are almost no restrictions, and they centre around public health measures and border controls. This means social distancing is no longer a requirement, and that changes things in a big way – there are no restrictions on numbers of people together or the layout of our furniture.
Keeping safe will be an ongoing focus for us and that means continuing contact tracing, keeping up the intense levels of cleaning and yes, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands will continue to be the mantra for everyone – that’s good basic hygiene at any time and will help minimise winter illness levels generally as well . So too, will staying home if you are unwell - sometimes it seems like going to work while ‘a little sick’ is a bit of a national past-time. Please don’t – for your colleagues’ sake.
As we are part of the Wintec campus we must follow Wintec's move to using the NZ COVID Tracer app. This means all staff, students and visitors should download the app and scan the new QR codes that are relevant to each Wintec campus. You can also register your details through the web app at tracing.covid19.govt.nz. This is part of a New Zealand-wide approach to encourage everyone to use the same system for more accurate contact tracing.
Here are the 10 rules Kiwis should adhere to for Covid-19 Alert Level 1:
1. If you're sick, stay home. Don't go to work, school or socialise.
2. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline. Get tested.
3. Wash your hands.
4. Sneeze or cough into your elbow and regularly clean shared surfaces.
5. You must self-isolate if you're told by officials to do so.
6. Stay healthy, work with your GP if you have underlying health issues.
7. Keep track of where you've been. Contact tracing will continue.
8. Businesses help people track movements by displaying the QR code.
9. Stay vigilant.
10. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.
You can read details about all Alert Levels here.
It is important to stay updated on health guidelines from trusted organisations like NZ Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, & Centers for Disease Control. Ensure you're getting information from reliable sources to avoid spreading misinformation.