Marshall Bird and Curtis: operations under the COVID-19 Protection Framework:
Transitional arrangements and beyond:
At 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December, the four-level COVID-19 Alert system was replaced by the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the Framework) with Auckland being at the Red setting and moving into the Orange setting at 11.59 pm on 30 December 2021.
The Government will review the Framework settings as it is empowered under the Framework to keep the level of COVID-19 in the community down.
Marshall Bird and Curtis has set in place transitional protocols that will cover its operations for the period from 3 December 2021 to 31 December 2021 and beyond and to utilise protective measures aligned with the public safety objectives of the Framework.
During the transitional period Marshall Bird and Curtis will continue to safeguard the health and safety of people working in or visiting the defined place in its premise.
Because of the emergence of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 in the Auckland CBD from 26 December 2021 Marshall Bird and Curtis, being located in the Auckland CBD, will continue with the Framework transitional safety measures, regulated legal services
Because Marshall Bird and Curtis provides regulated legal services it is nevertheless required to set in place measures regarding its office or defined space at:
Level 1 | Suite TWO | Kingston Suites | 4 Kingston Street | Auckland CBD
Marshall Bird and Curtis must also ensure access to regulated legal services for a client or person who may not meet the entry requirements under the Framework.
Wherever possible legal services will be provided remotely to limit the total number of people within the Marshall Bird & Curtis defined space to four.
Marshall Bird & Curtis need to support access to justice and provide regulated legal services to individuals who may arrive without appointment or at short notice.
Safety measures in place are:
- Enhanced hygiene and cleaning regimes in the defined space at Marshall Bird & Curtis
- Cleaning regimes in the associated and public meeting area, public kitchen and public toilet
- Compulsory mask wearing in the defined space and out of office meeting area, kitchen and toilet, unless exempt;
- Physical distancing in the defined space at Marshall Bird and Curtis office and associated meeting area
- Limiting the number of people who can enter and remain in the Marshall Birdand Curtis defined space or office to four
- Limiting the number of people who can enter and remain in the associated and public meeting area to four
- An increased emphasis on using remote participation; working from home; QR code scanning; and entry of name, date and contact details into a logbook prior to entry even for those wearing a mask, vaccine or temporary medical exemptions with the information being destroyed after six months in compliance with the Privacy Act 2020.
In 2022 Marshall Bird and Curtis will be working with the legal profession and under the direction of the New Zealand Law Society to develop protocols that utilise new protective measures aligned with the public safety objectives of the Framework, while COVID-19 is present in the community.
These protocols may include:
- Entry requirements such as vaccination passes, or COVID-19 screening;
- Using rapid antigen tests to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission
- Extended use of procedures (such as remote participation) to ensure thatanyone who cannot meet the Marshall Bird and Curtis entry requirements can still obtain legal advice and participate in legal processes and hearings that affect them.