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Employer Bulletin | 21 August

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The Government has lifted all remaining COVID-19 public health requirements, as of 12:01 am on Tuesday, 15th August. Recent data shows a consistent downward trend in COVID-19 case rates, wastewater levels, and hospitalisations since June. Reported cases have reached their lowest point since February 2022. Public health experts have assessed the risk from COVID-19 as low compared to earlier stages of the pandemic, leading to the decision to remove the final requirements. Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall emphasised that, while case numbers may vary, the sharp spikes observed last year have not reoccurred. The health system has experienced less strain from COVID-19 this winter, with improved management of other illnesses as well. The population's immunity levels, combined with these factors, have positioned the country to safely lift the remaining COVID-19 requirements. Dr. Verrall also mentioned that while not mandatory, the Ministry of Health advises staying at home for five days if unwell or testing positive for COVID-19.

In today's Bulletin

  • All COVID-19 requirements removed
  • $5 billion boost to transport funding for 2024-27, to $20.8 billion
  • Faster, cheaper, better - once in a generation RMA reforms
  • Improvements confirmed for the adventure activity sector
  • Workplace explosion was no joke – a warning to all
  • Five Employment Relations Authority cases and five Bills open for public submission
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