We are very happy to be getting back to our normal activities after the prolonged restrictions and lockdowns of recent years. Our office is open to all and we look forward to having visitors and getting out and about in the community much more.
We understand that while restrictions continue to lift, Covid-19 (and colds/flu/infectious disease) continue to be present in our community and some people are particularly vulnerable. Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa believes strongly in protecting the communities we work in, our staff, whanau, and most particularly those who are most at risk. For us this means:
While understanding personal choice, the organisation's default position as a health promoting/public health provider with an interest in protecting health, is to encourage vaccination.
We conduct our activities according to the relevant recommendations and restrictions in place at the current time as made by Public Health Authorities
We ask those with a positive Covid 19 test, or symptoms of Covid-19, colds, flu or any other potentially infectious illness to stay at home. This means appointments or scheduled sessions may need to be postponed or cancelled which can be done by emailing the appropriate team members or phoning the office on 09 273 9650.
It also means that where once people would have come to work and 'soldiered on', this isn't what now happens in the current environment. In a small organisation like ours there may be times our team members aren't always as available as they once were because they are 'doing the right thing' and staying home to recover from illness.
Masks may be worn in situations team members (or participants in sessions/activities) feel there is any possibility of risk. Hand sanitisers or other precautions may also be used. This isn't a personal slight, it's the individuals right to protect their own health and/or the health of others.
Team members reserve the option to postpone or cancel events or activities, or change to an online format when they feel there is risk that they cannot reasonably mitigate.