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Covid-19 information


Alert Level 1 – OPAIC Guidelines


At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want. We should continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. It's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 


Contact tracing information

Information should be collected and retained that identifies which students, staff (and any other visitors) have been in a controlled environment (OPAIC Campus) and at what time.

Contact tracing for staff and students

Otago Polytechnic has introduced an app called “Power Apps”, which can be downloaded and accessed on a phone and uses the device GPS for location. This app is also accessible online for those who are unable to access it on a phone for one reason or another.

  • The app function includes Check In, Record a Contact and Check Out.
  • All Otago Polytechnic Campuses’ physical locations are loaded on the app including AIC.
  • The OP log in details for staff and students are integrated in the app.
  • Staff and students are required to be physically present at a location and recognised by their device to be able to check in.
  • It is required that staff and students check out when they leave the premises.
  • The app allows the administrator to generate a report detailing who is on campus, how many people are on campus, who is in and who is out, at any given point in time.
Contact Tracing and other recommendation for visitors

The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer. This app works by scanning a QR code on a poster at participating businesses. The app then keeps track of where you have scanned so you know where you have been.

Visitors include all contractors and suppliers accessing the OPAIC building will need to scan the QR code provided at the lobby entrance of the campus

Instructions for downloading the app are here:


Personal Hygiene

Staff and students must take measures to stay safe and well. This includes:

  • Continue to practice physical distancing and following directional signage while moving around campus.
  • Regularly wash and dry hands thoroughly - for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don't touch your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get tested for Covid-19 if you have flu like symptoms - call your GP or Healthline and stay away from work/study.

The use of facemasks and/or gloves on campus is not required. If individuals would feel more comfortable wearing them, they are welcome to, but must provide their own.

Some staff and learners will be required to wear PPE (e.g. facemask and gloves), when they might not have needed to before. This will be communicated to individuals if required, and the supply of this PPE will be coordinated and provided centrally.


Information for OPAIC students

COVID-10 update - Friday 12 June (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 10 June (all students)

COVID-19 update - Tuesday 26 May (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 20 May (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 13 May (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 6 May (all students)

COVID-19 update - Tuesday 5 May (all students)

COVID-19 update - Tuesday 21 April (all students)

COVID-19 update - Friday 3 April (all students)

COVID-19 update - Thursday 2 April (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 1 April (all students)

COVID-19 update - Tuesday 31 March (new students)

COVID-19 update - Friday 27 March (all students)

COVID-19 update - Wednesday 25 March (new students)

COVID-19 update – Monday 23 March (all students)

COVID-19 update – Friday 20 March (new students) 

COVID-19 update - Thursday 19 March (all students)

COVID-19 update – Wednesday 18 March (all students)

COVID-19 update – Monday 16 March (all students) 

Important links

Ministry of Health

COVID-19 Government website

What can I do to protect myself and others?   

- Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.  

- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (rather than onto your hands), and then put the used tissue straight into the rubbish and wash your hands.  

- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.  

- If you live in a flat, let your flatmates know you are unwell.  



The OPAIC emergency number is 021 0282 8711.

Please note this number is for emergencies only. Please email for all non-emergency questions.