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AWDT COVID Programme Plan

Last updated: August 2020

At the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, keeping you safe while you learn and grow is our top priority. Our Covid Programme Plan is designed to keep our programmes running, wherever possible, while maintaining this commitment to your safety.
As a participant in an AWDT programme, we’re in this together and there are 4 key pieces of information you need to know:

  1. If you are registered for a programme, we will email or call you regarding any programme changes.
  2. AWDT programme schedules and formats will change as Government-issued Covid Alert Levels change. More information on this below.
  3. When attending your AWDT programme, please adhere to our health and safety requirements. More information on this below.
  4. If you are immunocompromised, uncomfortable attending a face-to-face programme or have any questions about your programme, please let us know so we can support you – contact us via contact@awdt.org.nz.

AWDT Programme Plan – Covid Alert Levels

In-line with Government-issued Covid guidance and our commitment to keeping participants safe, you can expect the following changes to AWDT programmes across Alert Levels.

Level 1

  • No significant programme changes.
  • Government and AWDT on-site hygiene guidelines must be followed.

Level 2

  • Face-to-face programmes may continue according to Government-issued Covid guidance, including:
    o Social distancing
    o Government and AWDT on-site hygiene guidelines must be followed
  • In specific regions and/or when requested by participants, programmes and/or graduation ceremonies may be delivered online.

Level 3-4

  • All Understanding Your Farming Business programmes will be conducted online.
  • Those face-to-face programmes unable to move online will be postponed.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility throughout all of this. We will continue posting updates (and useful information on coping with change and uncertainty) on our Facebook page and please feel free to reach out to us at contact@awdt.org.nz.

Health and Safety Requirements for Event Attendees

To ensure you keep healthy and safe, leading up to and during our events, we expect you to follow our health and safety requirements.

Our facilitators will notify you where bathrooms, building exits and emergency assembly points are located and the best route to find them. They will also inform you about what to do in the event of a fire or an earthquake.


In addition to the above, we will expect you to follow the health and safety requirements for Covid-19. These requirements are based on rules set by the government for Alert Level 2.


Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. Covid-19 is still out there. Some restrictions, and other measures, remain in place to reduce risk of transmission. We will be expecting you to keep yourself and others safe by following these health and safety requirements:

If unwell, you must stay at home

  1. If you are feeling unwell, stay home, do not attend your AWDT programme or any public events.
  2. If you have flu or cold like symptoms, stay home, call your doctor or health line and get advice about getting tested.
  3. AWDT Facilitators will ask you to go home if you are showing signs of being unwell.
    Maintain your physical distance from others

Maintain your physical distance from others

  1. Keep 1-2m distance from other participants at all times.
  2. Seating arrangements that are 1-2m apart from other participants will be provided, and you will be asked to keep your physical distance during breaks and/or socialising.

Practice good hygiene

  1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands
  2. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, or into disposable tissues
  3. AWDT will provide hand sanitiser for when you enter and leave and will disinfect well-used surfaces before, during and after the programme

These measures are especially important for people who have existing health conditions, such as diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease or who are immunocompromised.

Note where you have been

  1. Keep a track of where you have been and who you have seen.
  2. AWDT Facilitators will collect contract tracing information for each participant and/or guest who attends (this will include full name, phone number and email, residential address, date of entering workshop and time in and out).

Thank you for your patience and flexibility in these uncertain times and please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We’ll get through this all together.

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