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Otago Polytechnic moves to Alert Level 2

Date: 12 August 2020

Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin and Central Campuses moved to Alert Level 2 operations as of 12pm on Wednesday 12 August in response to the Government’s Covid-19 announcement. 

As a precautionary measure – and to better enable staff to prepare and implement Level 2 protocols – Otago Polytechnic closed its Dunedin and Central campuses for face-to-face learning today (Wednesday 12 August).  

However, our Dunedin and Central Campuses will reopen for face-to-face teaching from Thursday 13 August. This includes all clinics, placements and workshops.  

Given the Alert Level-3 situation in Auckland, our Auckland International Campus will be closed all week. 

Our Critical Incident Management Team met yesterday. We are confident we have implemented a broad range of measures to effectively deal with Covid-related issues,” Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Megan Gibbons says. 

“This includes ensuring all our learners and staff are aware of our move to Alert Level 2 and what steps they need to take to safeguard themselves, their fellow students and colleagues and their friends and whānau. 

Key initial decisions include: 

  • suspension of all domestic travel involving public transport for Otago Polytechnic staff 
  • students to use the NZ COVID Tracer app when on campus 
  • students to maintain a distance of 1m in shared spaces on campus (apart from in classes, where registers will be taken as per TEC guidelines)   
  • Alert Level 2 signage and information put up around campuses, across digital channels and in emails to students and staff 
  • Any classes requiring PPE to follow Government guidelines  


Published on 12 Aug 2020

Orderdate: 12 Aug 2020
Expiry: 30 Sep 2022