Practical advice for Vineyards and Wineries

There are different Alert Levels in effect nationwide. While we endeavour to keep this information updated as often as possible, if you have any questions about the requirements that apply for your business, please contact covidresponse@nzwine.com 

As this outbreak involves the Delta variant of COVID-19, it is important to take whatever precautions you can to stop the spread. This includes physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing. 

Webinar on COVID-19 vaccination: understanding your workplace obligations

On 15 October 2021, NZW hosted a webinar run by Bell Gully with information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and understanding your workplace obligations. A recording of the webinar and the accompanying slides, are available here [NZW member login required]. 


Guidelines for Winegrowers Operating at Alert Level 2

  • New 11 Oct 2021

    Guidelines For Winegrowers Operating At Alert Level 2 V16

    These guidelines provide advice to vineyards and wineries on the kinds of measures NZW considers members ought to have in place and enforce, to comply with the legal requirements of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 12) 2021.

Guidance for Winegrowers Operating at Alert Level 3

  • New 11 Oct 2021

    Guidance For Members To Operate At Level 3

    These guidelines provide advice to vineyards and wineries on the kinds of measures NZW considers members ought to have in place and enforce, to comply with the legal requirements of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 12) 2021.

Guidance: Apply for a Business Travel Document to cross an Alert Level Boundary

  • 08 Sep 2021

    How To Apply For A Business Travel Document

    Guidance on how to apply for a business travel document [V3 September 2021 - updated to include details of COVID-19 testing requirements for cross-border travel]

IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone crossing an Alert Level Boundary will also need to present proof of a recent COVID-19 test. More detail on the obligations is available in the guidance documents above, and more information on the Ministry of Health on how to get a test (and prove you've had one) is available here

What do the Alert Levels mean for Winegrowers?

Best Practice Guides

Vaccines and the workplace

 The vaccine rollout by the Ministry of Health (MoH) is gathering momentum. MoH have advised:

  • Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 is now eligible for vaccination (Medsafe recently extended approval to 12-15 year olds).
  • Many GPs are also taking bookings directly. To find out if our GP is offering this service, visit here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine generally, please see here.

The latest guidance from Employment NZ on vaccinations and employment is available here. They have indicated:

  • COVID-19 vaccination will not be needed for most work.
  • Businesses can require certain work to be done by vaccinated workers, where there is a high risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 to others. However, this will be a minority of all work in NZ. WorkSafe has more details about a risk assessment here.
  • Generally, a worker does not need to disclose (or prove) their vaccination status to a business. A business can ask a worker for this information if certain work cannot be done by an unvaccinated worker.
  • 07 Sep 2021

    Rural Vaccination Sites NZ

    This document contains links to rural vaccination sites across the country and where to book online.

We’re all going through a very odd time and we’re in it together, so keep up the communication. Share information about your situation and good practices with staff, colleagues and neighbouring businesses.

If you have other suggestions you want to share, or questions please let us know: covidresponse@nzwine.com.

  • Guidance for operating at other Alert Levels - Archived

    NZW has previously prepared guidance to assist winegrowers operating their businesses under various Alert Levels, which you can find on this page. Some of this may be useful, but the latest guidance is available on the practical advice page.

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