Between 1,100 and 2,450 hectares of Marlborough vineyard area were unlikely to be pruned before budburst this year, according to new modelling.
In order to cross the border, farmers and their workers now need to carry:
- Evidence that they are an essential service and reason for crossing or an approved business travel document, and
- From 11.59pm Thursday 16 September, proof you have has a Covid-19 test in the seven days prior to crossing, and
- ID to prove you are the person on the documentation.
The Government is requiring that all those people crossing the border provide proof of a Covid-19 test that has occurred within the seven days prior to travelling from 16 September.
It is understood that those travelling will not need the actual test result, just evidence of the test itself.
The Government is also strongly encouraging farmers to ensure they maintain strict protocols on their farms, even under Alert Level 2.