All facilities used for isolation and quarantine are carefully selected and closely monitored to keep New Zealand safe.
Managed isolation facilities are used exclusively for people who have returned from overseas and are at risk of having COVID-19.
Criteria for isolation facilities
New Zealand has managed isolation and quarantine facilities located throughout the country. Facilities are located within hotels.
All facilities meet these criteria:
- Appropriate security and entry/exit points
- Suitable room and bathroom facilities
- Adequate provision of food and drink delivered to rooms
- Safe laundry protocols
- Ability to ensure people's wellbeing through the provision of online access and services.
Cleaning and infection prevention
All facilities have measures in place to keep communities, staff and guests safe.
All surfaces and common areas, which includes lifts, along with hallways, stairwells, lobby/reception areas and other areas are regularly cleaned.
Cleaning is done with hospital-grade detergents/disinfectant in order to reduce as much as possible the risk of potential transmission.
Each facility has a plan in place to ensure guests and staff can move around in a way that minimises and/or eliminates the potential infection risk to others in the facility, including the use of lifts, stairwells and common areas.
Each facility also has an infection prevention control training program in place to provide education to all staff. This includes comprehensive information and guidance on keeping themselves and their families safe.
MIQ hotel contracts
All managed isolation facilities (MIFs) are currently contracted to 30 April 2021.
Managed Isolation and Quarantine is regularly in negotiations with hotels over their future use as MIFs. We cannot comment further as negotiations are ongoing, but we are confident that currently contracted facilities are prepared to remain as MIFs going forward.
It is likely the contracts offered will be until 30 April 2022, but these will be open to discussion and part of the negotiating process.
MIQF Operations Framework
Document outlining the minimum health and wellbeing requirements that managed isolation and quarantine facilities must meet.