Commercial plant nurseries have been announced as essential businesses and can can continue maintaining plants during lockdown.
The Government announced on 25 March that plant nurseries, including retail garden centres, will be able to register as essential businesses under the COVID-19 plan, for the purpose of maintenance and protection of existing stock.
Under this arrangement, nurseries can continue to undertake restricted nursery operations to keep plants alive during the shutdown period.
Register your nursery
All nurseries are required to register as an essential business before 5pm, this Friday 27 March.
Register your nursery and submit your COVID-19 prevention plans and care for existing plant stocks.
Any nursery that does not have a COVID-19 prevention plan must close and stay closed for at least four weeks while Level 4 restrictions apply.
Nurseries can contact MPI at 0800 00 83 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on registering or the registration process.
Safe nursery operations under Level 4 restrictions
NZ Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) has produced a guide to safe nursery operations under Level 4 restrictions and this may be used to develop your COVID-19 prevention plan.
This allowance for nurseries has been provided to our industry on the basis of trust and in recognition of the importance of nursery stock to New Zealand in the recovery phase of COVID-19 and beyond.
NZPPI has argued that extending essential business status to all nurseries will protect existing stocks that will be required by industries, and the community, once the recovery starts. Current stocks take years to replace, and a lot of the genetic material is simply irreplaceable.
Please advise NZPPI when you have registered - email email@example.com.