IMPORTANT MESSAGE (COVID-19)

We are taking practical steps to protect our clients, staff, families and the wider community from the spread of COVID-19 under the New Zealand Government COVID-19 Protection Framework (currently Orange).  We are able to meet with fully vaccinated clients in our offices and will make alternative arrangements (phone, email & video conference) for clients not fully vaccinated, or not willing to provide their vaccination status.  Appointments are requested to be made in advance.  A face covering is required to be worn while visiting our offices.  Please click here to view our COVID-19 Visitor Management Policy.
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COVID-19 VISITATION MANAGEMENT POLICY

From 3 December 2021 the New Zealand Government introduced its COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) as a means of providing a structured approach to enable businesses and its staff and clients to undertake their usual activities as normally as possible whilst minimising the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christchurch is currently operating under the Orange level of the CPF - used when there is increasing community transmission of COVID-19, the health system has focused its resources but can manage the outbreak, and there is an increasing risk to the public.

Because of this increasing risk to the public, and our concern for the health and well-being of our clients, staff and visitors, MDS Law has assessed our practice as being a "close-contact business" due to the way we meet with clients and the amount of time spent in close proximity, and has accordingly adopted the following policy for all visitors to our offices, or those attending an MDS Law event:
  • All visitors, including contractors, to the MDS Law offices are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a current My Vaccine Pass; and
  • Scan our COVID-19 QR code using the COVID-19 contact tracing app as well as signing in as a visitor on our Vistab management system (this will also comply with the manual sign-in requirements if visitors do not have the COVID-19 contact tracing app); and
  • A face mask is to be worn at all times while on-site; and
  • Social distancing protocols of at least 1 metre are to be observed.
This policy also applies for staff making off-site visits and requires that any person that our staff is meeting with is fully vaccinated, wears a face mask, and observes the social distancing protocols.
 

What this means for you

When arranging an appointment our staff will enquire if you are fully vaccinated, and we respectfully ask that you confirm if you are or not.

If you are fully vaccinated we can confirm the appointment (either on-site or off-site), and will forward a copy of our policy with the appointment confirmation.  We ask that you confirm your attendance, and by doing so, agree that you have acknowledged our policy and will observe it when you meet with us.

If you are not fully vaccinated, or are not willing to provide your vaccination status, we will seek to arrange an alternative to a face to face meeting, usually by telephone or video conference.

Our staff are all fully vaccinated, and we have implemented this policy because we believe that, at this time, it is the most appropriate way we can provide a safe workplace for our staff and visitors, and how we safely move into an environment with fewer restrictions for businesses, our communities and each of us personally.

We will continue to update and review our policy as the situation around COVID-19 evolves.

We take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation as we implement this new policy. We acknowledge this has been a challenging time for many and look forward to continuing our work with you as we look towards the future.
 

The Partners

MDS Law


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