Otago Polytechnic prepares for Level 2

Otago Polytechnic is preparing to reopen its campuses, libraries, gyms and food outlets but life for staff and students will not return to normal when Alert Level 2 begins.

The Government is set to decide today if and when New Zealand will move from tight Level 3 restrictions, imposed in response to the coronavirus global pandemic, to a more permissive Level 2 framework.

The polytechnic had worked through how to provide a safe environment under Level 2, when students could return to class.

"Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and learners is paramount at all times, and none more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic," polytechnic deputy chief executive Megan Gibbons said.

Otago Polytechnic’s campuses had undergone a bio-clean.

Face masks and gloves would be required for some programmes.

A raft of protocols would include measures to assist contact tracing and adherence to physical distancing.

Staff working on campus would be required to check in and out of each building visited.

This process would be managed through a mobile phone application.

Staff would keep a record of who they had come into contact with.

Using lifts would be discouraged.

On-campus food outlets would be open but would operate in accordance with public health requirements.

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