Covid Level 2 – Protocol

Taupo Saleyards will follow Government Level 2 Covid-19 safety requirements and protocols. Following the announced Government restriction on gatherings we advise that entry to the saleyards will be limited to saleyard workers and intending purchasers only.

Single entry to the saleyards will be via the main entrance from Oruanui road. All attendees will be registered for the purposes of contact tracing and advised of further protocol at this point.

It is requested that intending purchasers please execute personal responsibility by adhering to physical distancing, sanitisation and general guidelines outlined by the Government under Level 2.

Sanitsers and Hand Washing facilities are provided by the Taupo Saleyard Company
1 Metre Spacings will be market out in the seating area
While walking around the yards please observe the 2 metre distancing rule 

Food Canteen – Open
The Lake Taupo Hospice run our Catering on Sale Days
They will be able to operate at level 2
Cash can be accepted 
We hope to have contactless payment up and running


General Saftey Guidlines

Physical distancing

What is physical distancing? 

Physical distancing (sometimes known as ‘Social distancing’) is about keeping a safe distance from others. 

This is about physical distance. For your own mental health you can, and should, keep in touch with friends and family via the phone, or online. 

Outside of your home, or if you are sick, keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times.

Physical distancing is an important way to unite against COVID-19.

How to physically distance 

It’s best not to shake hands, kiss hello or hongi for now. 

Where you can, keep a bit of space. 

Hongi and harirū 

We are all being asked to play our part to refrain from physical contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through physical contact. As well as the impact on New Zealanders generally, this will have an effect on particular areas of tikanga Māori (including kawa), as we move to protect our whānau, hapū and iwi (particularly those who are more vulnerable such as our kaumātua – our koroua and kuia).  

In practice, this means suspending our customs of hongi and harirū, alongside stopping kissing, hugging and other forms of close physical contact.  

Alternatives include, waving, smiling or other non-physical contact greetings. 

How to wash your hands properly 

  • Step 1: Wet hands with running water 
  • Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands 
  • Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds
  • Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water
  • Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth, single-use towel or blow drier. 

How to use hand sanitiser 

The same goes for hand sanitiser: use a sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage. 

When should I wash my hands? 

Wash your hands regularly, especially at the following times: 

  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing 
  • After visiting a public space, including public transport, markets and places of worship
  • After touching surfaces outside of the home
  • After touching money 
  • Before, during and after caring for a sick or vulnerable person 
  • Before and after eating. 

Always wash your hands at the following times: 

  • After using the toilet 
  • Before and after eating 
  • After handling rubbish 
  • After touching animals and pets 
  • After changing babies’ nappies or helping children use the toilet 
  • When your hands are visibly dirty.

Do I need to use warm water to wash my hands?
No, you can use any temperature of water to wash your hands. Cold water and warm water both kill germs and viruses – as long as you use soap. 
Which is better: washing your hands or using hand sanitiser? 
Handwashing with soap and water or using hand sanitiser, when done correctly, are both highly effective at killing most germs and viruses. Hand sanitiser is often more convenient when you are outside of the home, but can be expensive or difficult to find in emergency contexts.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow

It keeps the virus off your hands, so you won’t spread it to other people and make them sick too.
Why do it? 

Coughing or sneezing into your elbow catches the droplets and stops them getting onto your hands. 

Put any used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately. Then wash your hands thoroughly. Then dry.

How it spreads 
Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces. If other people touch these surfaces they may get sick.

For most people facemasks are not recommended. Facemasks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals. For people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, there may be benefit in wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of infection to other people.