COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021

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COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021

This order is made by the Minister for COVID-19 Response under sections 11 and 15(1) of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 in accordance with section 9 of that Act.

Order

1 Title

This order is the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force at 11.59 pm on 1 December 2021.

4 Clause 4 amended (Interpretation)

In clause 4(1), insert in its appropriate alphabetical order:

very high risk country has the meaning given by clause 4(1) of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order (No 2) 2020

5 Clause 10 amended (Period of isolation or quarantine)

(1)

After clause 10(1)(a), insert:

(aa)

if the person has been in a very high risk country other than Papua New Guinea within the 14 days immediately before their start time, the period ending at the same time of day as, but on the 14th day after, their start time if the chief executive is satisfied that the person meets the low-risk indicators, as determined—

(i)

as close as is reasonably practicable to the end of that period; and

(ii)

based on the advice of a suitably qualified health practitioner; or

(2)

In clause 10(1)(b), after “any longer period”, insert “than the applicable period under paragraph (a) or (aa)”.

6 Clause 15GM amended (Application of this subpart)

Replace clause 15GM(1) with:

(1)

This subpart applies to a person to whom clause 10(1)(a) applies starting immediately after their period of isolation or quarantine under Part 1 ends on the 7th day referred to in clause 10(1)(a).

7 Schedule 1 amended

In Schedule 1,—

(a)

insert the Part set out in the Schedule of this order as the last Part; and

(b)

make all necessary consequential amendments.

Schedule New Part 3 inserted into Schedule 1

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Part 3 Provisions relating to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021

10 Persons undergoing period of isolation or quarantine on commencement of Amendment Order

(1)

In respect of any person who, immediately before the commencement of the Amendment Order, was undergoing a period of isolation or quarantine, this order applies as amended by the Amendment Order whether their start time within the meaning of clause 10(2) was—

(a)

before 11.59pm on 28 November 2021 (being the commencement of the amendment to the list of very high risk countries in Schedule 3 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order (No 2) 2020 by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order (No 2) Amendment Order (No 14) 2021); or

(b)

at any other time before the commencement of the Amendment Order.

(2)

In this clause, Amendment Order means the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Amendment Order (No 5) 2021.

Dated at Wellington this 1st day of December 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 amends the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020 (the principal order) and comes into force at 11.59 pm on 1 December 2021.

Clause 10 of the principal order is amended to provide that if a person starting (or already in) isolation or quarantine has been in certain very high risk countries within the 14 days immediately before the start of the isolation or quarantine, they must undergo a period of isolation or quarantine of 14 days rather than 7 days. The countries concerned are those listed in Schedule 3 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order (No 2) 2020 other than Papua New Guinea.

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

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2019.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 December 2021.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Health.