The head of a small business in Auckland says the need for a new weekly Cowed 19 test for essential workers crossing the alert level border means that firms like it are “faltering”.
Daniela Watney, owner of an organic fertilizer company, said. Checkpoint Such compliance costs were destroying small businesses.
She and her husband run Bennett Fertilizer in Ardmore and employ 10 people, including 10 truck drivers.
Watin said she supports the idea of testing, but the new mandatory testing system began with a little warning and no consultation or planning.
Truck drivers and other essential workers who are crossing the Level 4 area from Level 4 Auckland now take evidence of their weekly Coveid 19 test to the police checkpoint.
“The main problem for me and my staff is when and where truck drivers do these tests on a weekly basis,” Watin said.
“I spent a lot of time yesterday trying to contact the people who do the tests to find out when they’re open and how I can do it.
Some test centers open at the right time.
“It’s very difficult for truck drivers who usually work from 6am to 6pm,” he said.
“Truck drivers usually work long hours, and getting tested during the day is a big, big hassle.
“I totally agree with the idea of a border check and we need to do our job.
“But we need a little explanation of how it all unfolds. A truck can pass through them.”
Some staff live outside of Auckland and come to pick up deliveries. There were no pop-up testing stations outside of the city, as there were no Covid 19 community cases, Watin said.
He said getting tested is a big challenge because most clinics do not test anyone until they register. They are usually open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and have a few hours window for Coved 19 testing.
That’s why Vatin drivers need to go to more technical testing stations in Auckland.
“They have to try to park their truck on the side of the road, walk across and wait in line to be tested there,” he said.
“For some of my boys, I’ve had to get them out of their way.
“It’s out of my pocket. Obviously I have to pay because I don’t think my staff will have to pay for it. I have to pay for the truck.”
Police are not clear about the required evidence for the Covid 19 test.
He said that the staff of Takanini Testing Center was very good and was helping them in every possible way. But confusion remained.
“I stopped one of my truck drivers on the side of the road today to talk to the police officer there, ask him what he needed to prove he had the test, and the officer was not. Knew, “he said.
“We don’t even know the stage. You can show us a negative test on your phone. But other than that, they don’t have an explanation of what they’re expecting from us,” he said.
Waten said she was clear with her staff about finding evidence of his test as soon as he had a test. The technical testing station is printing a kind of medical certificate for its drivers.
“We don’t have much time to prepare for it … if they had a testing station at or near the border, they were checking specifically for truck drivers … that’s the only way I can see it working, there is a testing station on the border that is suitable for trucks. “
He said that the implementation of new laws without any warning is taking its toll business.
“We’re just baffled. You feel like every time you turn on the news, we’re being overwhelmed by more and more compliance things, just wasting our time and money.
“Most of my staff is the sole or major source of income for my family. So for me… I don’t stay up at night worrying about dying from covid 19. I stay up at night worrying about having enough money in the bank. Staff, and to pay off my insurance and bank loans.
“At the end of the day, I have 18 staff, 18 families who depend on me to make enough money to pay for them.”
Test proof not required until Friday – Ministry of Health
In a statement, the health ministry said it was finalizing an agreement with a saliva testing provider so workers could be tested in this way, but a nasopharyngeal swab was also an option.
The ministry also said workers would not be required to show evidence of a negative test until next Friday, a week after the law went into effect.
He said he had given time to finalize arrangements for cross-border testing.
Man Freight receives the Coveted 19 test at work.
Last week, Man Brad’s managing director, Don Brad, said he was blindsided by the government’s announcement that essential workers crossing the Auckland border would need weekly Cowade 19 tests.
He has now told. Checkpoint Progress has been “excellent.”
“We have come a long way in the last two days; the Ministry of Health seems to be working on it. [testing at the borders] And trying to find suitable sites.
“They are also incorporating workplace testing programs, so we and some other companies will be able to do bulk testing onsite before drivers approach the border.”
Work continues for easy testing of Covid 19, including a wholesale test – Hopkins.
Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins said. Checkpoint One team was working to make sure that the Covid 19 test was available for workers needed to cross the Auckland border, and that bulk testing would be an option.
“I can’t guarantee that everyone will get what they want, but we will definitely seek the opinion of the board industry,” he said.