COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Level 3 alert effective from Monday 23 March makes clear what is expected of sheds and shedders.


The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is being regularly reported in the news and within social media.  We encourage shedders to seek advice and information from reputable sources, particularly our Ministry of Health and the Government’s COVID-19 website.  

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • a cough – this can be any kind of cough
  • breathing difficulties – shortness of breath
  • fever/high temperature.

These symptom do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19.  The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common – cold or and flu.  Seek advice by phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP/Medical Centre by phone.  DO NOT visit your health centre unless instructed.

How can I protect myself and others?
There are a number of things we can do to protect ourselves and others, particularly by practising good hygiene.

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water – here’s how
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g. door handles, benches)
  • stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have
  • our Government’s “Alert Level 2” recommends people aged over 70 stay at home as much as possible.

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Other news:

  • The Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme will be starting 1 April.  Contact your GP/Medical Centre for more information.


  • Our national conference – Dunedin 17-19 April – has been postponed.  Registrants and the primary contact of each shed are being kept informed by email.