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OSCAR guidance overview

These Subsector Guidelines provide Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) providers with more information around the delivery of OSCAR programmes under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) or 'traffic light' system.

These guidelines have been prepared by Manatū Whakahiato Ora | the Ministry of Social Development in consultation with Te Manatū Hauora | the Ministry of Health.

As the COVID-19 situation develops, these guidelines may be amended or revised.

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The COVID-19 Protection Framework Order (CPF Order) deems all OSCAR providers to be close-proximity services. This means:

  • OSCAR providers will be explicitly labelled as 'close-proximity services'
  • each OSCAR staff member will need to hold a My Vaccine Pass to operate under Red or Orange traffic light settings.

Usually, at Red and Orange, close-proximity services must require vaccine passes to operate – this applies to all staff, clients and visitors. However, we have made an exemption in the CPF Order so that:

  • providers are required to use vaccine passes for their staff
  • children and their families attending OSCAR services do not need vaccine passes.

This means that OSCAR providers will not be allowed to operate at Orange or Red if any of their staff cannot provide a My Vaccine Pass.

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If COVID-19 is found in OSCAR programmes

If you have had an employee or attendee with COVID-19 come to your business premises during their infectious period, anyone may be considered a contact who was:

  • there during the same timeframe
  • in the same space as the person with COVID-19.

This includes children, staff, contractors and visitors.

If you had unknown visitors or customers on-site during this period, then your business or site may also be listed as a COVID-19 Location of Interest. This alerts any customers or members of the public who may have been on your site.

Users of Bluetooth functionality within the NZ COVID Tracer app may be identified as ‘Close Contacts’ at any time through an orange notification. If so, they should follow the directions given in the notification. This guidance does not apply to contacts who have been identified by Bluetooth.

Note that employers do not need to know someone's vaccination information to be able to complete the process outlined in this guide.

Once names of relevant contacts are forwarded to the National Investigation and Tracing Centre (NITC) at the Ministry of Health (MoH), NITC staff will be able to see the person’s vaccination status in the National Contact Tracing Solution (NCTS).

Ministry of Health toolkit for schools and kura

The guidance 'Managing COVID 19 A public health toolkit for primary and intermediate schools and kura' from the Ministry of Health provides:

  • advice on preparedness and risk reduction
  • some useful scenarios and sample letters for use in the event of a confirmed case.

It is very important that you read this document carefully and carry out any required actions.


Read more detailed OSCAR guidance

There are four parts to the OSCAR guidance. Read all the guidance to understand what OSCAR providers must do.

1. Traffic light settings for OSCAR

2. Groups and distancing for OSCAR

3. Vaccination requirements for OSCAR

4. Locations and subsidies for OSCAR



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