MBIE says door-to-door, local fruit and vegetable box deliveries can go ahead, but all COVID-19 anti-transmission measures must be in place

28 Mar 2020

MBIE has just advised HortNZ that door-to-door, local fruit and vegetable box deliveries can go ahead, but COVID-19 anti-transmission measures must be in place, such as the 2m distancing rule and deliveries being done without individual contact. 

Orders must be made by phone or online and paid for online, so there is no handling of cash.  Orders must also be left at the door, so there is no physical contact.  In other words, appropriate safe food handling and COVID-19 anti-transmission measures must be in place at all times. 

Please note that independent fruit and vegetable outlets must remain closed to the public, as they do not meet MBIE’s criteria, as set out on MBIE’s website. See below:  

https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/

And here are HortNZ's guidelines for registering as an essential business: 

https://www.hortnz.co.nz/news-events-and-media/media-releases/registering-as-an-essential-business/