Golden Rules - Things to Remember | Northland DHB

Golden Rules - Things to Remember

  • Remember basic hygiene is the most important rule to follow - cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues, put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands with soap and water often (we recommend scrubbing all over hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds), and dry them thoroughly – preferably with paper towels

  • Try to reduce the number of shared surfaces and areas that people touch often, and ensure regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces like desks, touch screens, petrol pumps, EFTPOS machines, conveyor belts and self-checkouts, hand rails and door handles, and shared vehicles

  • Have facilities for employees to wash and dry their hands regularly, but if this is not possible make hand sanitiser available

  • Make sure physical distancing can be followed – under Level 2, the recommended physical distancing is 1 metre for most workplaces, and 2 metres for retail businesses (including supermarkets). Signs and floor markings can be used to show people the distance to keep from others, and more information on this can be found at 

  • Some workplaces and businesses will also be required to keep a contact register; in case contact tracing is needed (more details on how to carry this out can be found in our contact tracing resource and at It is important this area is regularly disinfected, with hand sanitiser available as well – you can assign one person in your team to complete this register to reduce the number of people in contact with it, or if this is not possible ensure the area, including any pens used, is sanitised after every use and visitors use hand sanitiser.


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