Pursuant to clause 105 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 (“Order”), the Director-General of Health may exempt a class of persons, businesses, services, or goods (or any person, business, service, or goods) from the application of any provision of the Order or from the requirement to comply with any provision of the Order.
Being satisfied that the exemption is necessary or desirable to promote the purposes of the Act or the purposes of the Order, and that the extent of the exemption is not broader than is reasonably necessary, I grant an exemption from the prohibition in clause 90 of the Order to permit the following classes of persons to enter the extended Auckland area for the purposes specified:
- those children who are enrolled to attend a licensed early childhood service for the purpose of enabling them to attend that licensed early childhood service;
- the parents or caregivers of children who are enrolled to attend a licensed early childhood service and who need to cross the alert level boundary solely for the purpose of delivering or retrieving the child; and
- those workers at a licensed early childhood education service who need to cross the boundary to carry out work at or for a licensed early childhood service.
The exemptions are granted subject to the following conditions:
- the person or persons, so far as reasonably practicable, must travel directly to and from the early childhood education centre without stopping elsewhere in the extended Auckland area;
- the person or persons must carry evidence of the purpose of their travel and the location of their destination, as specified in clause 95 of the Order
- in relation to workers at a licensed early childhood education service, the worker must carry evidence of having had a COVID-19 test administered within seven days of travel, as specified in clause 98 of the Order. This requirement (c) applies to workers only and does not apply to children or their parents/caregivers.
In this notice, extended Auckland area means the area defined in clause 2 of schedule 8 of the Order.
Dated this 6th day of December 2021.
Dr ASHLEY BLOOMFIELD, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Hauora, Director-General of Health.