COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021

Order

1 Title

This order is the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force at 11.59 pm on 8 November 2021.

3 Principal order
4 Clause 4 amended (Interpretation)

In clause 4, insert in their appropriate alphabetical order:

international layover means a stay in accommodation provided by an accommodation service (for example, a stay in a hotel) at any place outside New Zealand for a period of 6 hours or more

occasional worker, in relation to a managed isolation facility or a managed quarantine facility, means an affected person who works at the facility for less than 2 days every period of 7 days

5 Clause 8 amended (Exemptions from testing and medical examination)

In clause 8(1), delete “(in the course of carrying out work at the testing centre where the person reports for the testing and medical examination)”.

6 Clause 9 amended (Scope of testing and medical examination)

Revoke clause 9(2).

7 New clause 12F inserted (Application)

Before clause 13, insert:

12F Application

This Part applies to affected persons other than occasional workers.

8 Clause 13 amended (Affected persons may choose recurring saliva testing for COVID-19)

(1)

Replace clause 13(2)(a)(ii) with:

(ii)

submit the sample to a testing centre that the Ministry of Health recognises as being able to test saliva samples for COVID-19:

(2)

Revoke clause 13(3).

9 Schedule 2 amended

(1)

In Schedule 2, replace item 1.1 with:

1.1Workers (other than occasional workers) at managed quarantine facilitiesCommunity testing centre, testing centre at quarantine facility, or other healthcare facilityOnce in each day worked starting on 9 November 2021

(2)

In Schedule 2, after item 1.2, insert:

1.3Occasional workers at managed quarantine facilitiesCommunity testing centre, testing centre at quarantine facility, or other healthcare facilityIn the case of saliva testing, twice within 7 days of a day worked (each test being at least 2 days apart); in the case of other testing, once within 7 days of a day worked

(3)

In Schedule 2, replace item 2.1 with:

2.1Workers (other than occasional workers) at managed isolation facilitiesCommunity testing centre, testing centre at quarantine facility, or other healthcare facilityTwice every 7 days (each test being at least 2 days apart) starting on 9 November 2021

(4)

In Schedule 2, after item 2.3, insert:

2.4Occasional workers at managed isolation facilitiesCommunity testing centre, testing centre at isolation facility, or other healthcare facilityIn the case of saliva testing, twice within 7 days of a day worked (each test being at least 2 days apart); in the case of other testing, once within 7 days of a day worked

Dated at Wellington this 25th day of October 2021.

Hon Chris Hipkins,
Minister for COVID-19 Response.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force at 11.59 pm on 8 November 2021, amends the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Order 2020.

The amendments adjust the requirements for COVID-19 testing with respect to affected persons who work at managed quarantine facilities or managed isolation facilities. Workers at managed quarantine facilities are to be tested once in each day worked. Workers at managed isolation facilities are to be tested twice every 7 days. Occasional workers at managed quarantine facilities or managed isolation facilities are, in the case of saliva testing, to be tested twice within every 7 days of a day worked and are, in the case of other testing, to be tested once within 7 days of a day worked.

Approval by resolution required

This order must be approved by resolution of the House of Representatives before the expiry of the period described in section 16(2) of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. If this does not happen, the order is revoked on the expiry of that period.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 26 October 2021.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Health.