COVID-19 Update 13 August 2020

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This COVID statement is current to 13 August 2020.

The MThNZ Council sends good wishes to all members. We are very aware that everyone continues to be affected by the Covid environment we are constantly having to adapt to. Support for all our members remains a priority.  

The predicted but unfortunate situation has arisen that we appear to have community transmission of COVID-19 again. I’m sure many were woken by the Civil Defence alert sent Tuesday night issuing a change in alert level status – Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country as of midday yesterday. The following link gives information for both alert levels, but those traveling in/out of Auckland or Auckland-based may be particularly interested in the road checkpoints and other advice under the Auckland link on this page.

Below you will find a list of links for national and international organisations where you can find relevant information. This list will be revised on an as-needed basis.

The newest information pertaining to masks/face covering advice from the Ministry of Health can be found here:

Music therapists work in a wide variety of settings and with a wider range of clients thus it is difficult to advise general rules of engagement. Everyone needs to assess their own situations (both professional and personal) to mitigate any potential risk factors. If you work with immune compromised, medically vulnerable, or elderly clients, or have close contact in your personal sphere, please consider these issues carefully. Social distancing, hand hygiene, face coverings and general cleaning are important measures to consider outside of these specific areas below.

Gatherings: Where social interaction amongst the group may occur, gatherings are limited to 100 people in level 2. Alert level 3 gatherings are limited to weddings, funerals and tangihanga and a limit of 10 people.

PPE:  Heather Fletcher, as our representative with AHANZ (the Allied Health Network), attended Zoom sessions with Martin Chadwick, Chief Allied Health Officer for MoH in May as we progressed down the Covid alert levels.  The link below has been updated in light of the changes this week. It is particularly pertinent to practices that may require the use of PPE. Heather also forwarded this letter from the Allied Health Network which provides further details on the requirements for allied health practitioners in Auckland under Alert Level 3, and allied health practitioners in the rest of the country, as well as an update on PPE and the Surge workforce: August_12_2020_Message_to_AHANZ.docx

Financial support for self employed and businesses can be found via the Work and Income link here

Did you know? MThNZ is insured through AON. AON offers MThNZ members a discount on their Business Liability Insurance scheme.  Please contact the EO for further details.

Mental wellbeing and workplace stress are an issue for many in the current situation. The Mental Health Foundation has put together some resources regarding this. These are aimed at workplace leaders and employers, but it may be useful reading for independent contractors too.

Download the free resource here:

Other sources of information: 

Healthline’s dedicated 24 hour Coronavirus number is 0800 358 5453.

If you need any further advice or support, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Ngā mihi nui

Lara Burke


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