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Ryman Healthcare COVID-19 update | 14 September

Written by David King
on September 14, 2020

Covid-19 update for residents and their families who live outside of Auckland

Today the Government has announced that the current COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines will remain in place for another week.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel though - we are likely to move to Alert Level 1 on September 21, and we will be in touch once a final decision on this move is made.

In the meantime, our villages are open as usual, but we continue to keep strict infection control measures in place, including requiring visitors to wear a mask.

For our independent and serviced apartment residents, life is normal apart from restrictions on the number of people at gatherings.

Here’s a reminder about the key points about the current restrictions at our villages while New Zealand is at Alert Level 2:

For care centre visitors:
• Please check in at reception, fill in the usual health declaration and take a mask for your visit.
• Check in with the Government’s COVID-19 Tracer app.
• Follow the appropriate hand hygiene and social distancing requirements at Alert Level 2, which are listed below.

For serviced apartment residents:
Visitors are welcome – but we ask that visitors to serviced apartment residents check in at reception, fill out the health declaration and wear a mask.

For independent residents:
Our village centres are open to activities for 100 people or less, and with appropriate social distancing.

Village hairdressing and beauty salon services are back, with one client at a time and social distancing and masks required.

Morning and afternoon teas are back, but with the three ‘S’ guidelines in place - single server, seated and separated.

Our van outings, including shopping visits, are back with social distancing and a maximum of five residents per outing.

If you have to leave the village, we recommend that you practise social distancing and wear a face mask. It is now compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport.

We have good supplies of masks, just ask at reception if you need one.

We encourage residents to keep a log of visits and to use the Government’s COVID-19 Tracer app.

Let us know if we can help

Once again, thanks for your support and cooperation.

We’re getting there – just one week to go!

We couldn’t have got here without you, superb cooperation.

We’ll be back in touch once the next announcements are made.


Gordon MacLeod


Cheyne Chalmers

COVID-19 symptoms

We know you’ve probably seen this before, but a reminder that the symptoms to watch out for include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 37.5˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell
  • conjunctivitis

If you have any of these symptoms contact your GP or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Please make sure you get tested for COVID-19 if your GP recommends it.

Alert Level 2

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go out, but you must:

  • keep your distance from other people in public
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear a face covering if you can.


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About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 39 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 12,000 residents, and the company employs more than 6,000 staff.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602 or Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

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