EMC Plan for Staff, Brethren and Visitors


This plan outlines guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all District or Centre staff, brethren, contractors and volunteers' during the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

It should be used in conjunction with the latest Ministry of Health updates available on the Ministry of Health website.

Any infectious disease encountered in the workplace is considered a workplace hazard and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires employers take all practicable steps to mitigate risk and protect workers at all times from workplace hazards.

Our individual and collective responsibility

The District of the North Island and Ellerslie Centre Directors have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all staff, brethren, contractors and volunteers during the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

As individuals, we each have a responsibility to take reasonable care to protect our own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person.

As a charity focused organisation, The District of the North Island also wishes to play its part in limiting the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand especially how it effects it members.


Basic hygiene tips for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

All staff, brethren and volunteers must ensure basic hygiene techniques are followed when in the centre;

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and make sure you dry them thoroughly:

  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children's noses

  • before eating or handling food

  • after using the toilet.

  • Cleanse hands with hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand sanitising.

  • Wipe down your desk and work surface regularly with antiviral wipes such as Azowipes, which contain 70% isopropyl alcohol which significantly reduce coronaviruses on surfaces after 1 minute.

  • Clean surfaces regularly.

  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick and notify the DG Sec If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible, after notifying the DG Sec

  • Seek medical care early if you have difficulty breathing. Follow usual self-care treatments if you have a fever or cough.

  • All staff, contractors and volunteers should stay up to date with the latest updates from the Ministry of Health.



Staff, brethren , contractors and volunteers should follow the advice of the Ministry of Health regulations

1 For this coronavirus management plan, volunteers refer to a non-mason who may be called on to assist in the work for District of the North Island during this period.