FGC Update: 12 August – COVID Alerts – Back to the Future

"As you know last night the government announced a return to Level 3 for the Auckland area and Level 2 for the rest of the country. Here’s a reminder about what each of the alert level means. covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/alert-level-3

We are aware that members already have their plans and know what to do. You should also plan for the likelihood of a return to Level 4.

The FGC Industry Relations Group, chaired by Tim Carter, has already been in touch with retailers (Countdown, FSNI, FSSI) overnight to and suggested that they brief/remind the supplier community on what it means at store level and the support office. The group has also noted with the retailers not to be surprised if some suppliers take a Level 3 approach across the whole country.

FGC will keep you posted over the next while. Reach out to FGC leaders if you have any questions or concerns.

The wheels of FGC will keep turning. As I said at the very beginning of the COVID Alert Levels, there is no doubt we will get through this pandemic. The work you all do as suppliers and as part of the food and grocery sector is essential to all New Zealanders.

Keep those groceries flowing!"

- Katherine Rich, CEO, New Zealand Food & Grocery Council