COVID-19 Update – Level 2

With the government announcing the New Zealand-wide move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Orama is open but with limited guest accommodation.

We continue to follow the guidance from the Ministry of Health and are updating our pandemic response daily.

Visitor Restrictions

Visitor access to the site is restricted during Level 2 so in consideration for the health and safety of the Orama community and the Hillary staff and school students please contact us before you visit the site.

All visitors to the site must sign-in to the visitor register at reception (this is for contact tracing purposes).

Preventative Actions

We have instituted the following preventative actions:

Planning and Advice

  • we have activated our pandemic plan
  • we are following all Government and Ministry of Health guidelines regarding physical distancing, hygiene practices and managing illness in the workplace
  • we are taking advice from the Local Regional Health Unit at Port Fitzroy
  • we are in contact with our close partners on what the future looks like past level 2


  • we have restricted visitor access to the site
  • we have postponed or cancelled Orama-organised public events and gatherings until further notice
  • we have instituted a moratorium on new volunteers for the foreseeable future
  • we have posted signage at all access points to the property including at the top of Karaka Bay Road and the Orama wharf


  • we continue to reinforce to our resident community the need for increased basic hygiene practices such as hand washing, the use of hand sanitiser, not touching face, coughing/sneezing into elbow


  • we are maintaining physical distancing between Orama staff and Hillary Outdoors staff, teachers and students to minimise the chances of infection
  • Hillary Outdoors programmes will maintain a bubble (per school) for the duration of the programme and will enforce an on-site quarantine period for the first 2 weeks of a programme before groups are able to venture beyond the site


  • we have specified that all travel by Orama staff or guests outside the bay must be logged in the Orama sign-out book outside reception as a starting point for contact tracing should that be required

Dealing with Sickness

Should an individual get sick (even with very mild symptoms) while staying at Orama we will follow a standard process of notification/assessment/diagnosis/treatment which would typically involve the following steps:

  • Immediately notify Orama and Hillary Outdoors management.
  • Immediately isolate the individual at Orama (prior to clinical assessment).
  • Check for COVID-19 symptoms – indications of fever, flu-like symptoms, coughing, difficulty breathing, or any combination of these symptoms.
  • Contact the Local Regional Public Health Unit in Port Fitzroy for clinical assessment or if they are not available call Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are NOT confirmed then the individual will remain in isolation (at Orama) for at least 24 hours or for however long is deemed necessary by the clinical assessment. If necessary the individual will be sent back home to complete their recovery at the earliest opportunity.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are confirmed and hospitalisation is not required then arrangements will be made for longer-term isolation (at home) for the individual and those they have been in contact with. If hospitalisation is required then arrangements will be made for immediate transfer to hospital.


If you have any questions about Orama’s response to COVID-19 please do not hesitate to get in touch. For more in-depth information about COVID-19 a great source of information is the FAQ at the Ministry of Health and the government’s COVID-19 web site.