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Guidance on COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Alert Level 2 - What does this mean?

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May.

This is phase one of Alert Level 2, and guidelines will be reviewed again on 25 May.

We have more freedom at Alert Level 2, but we need to continue to work together to keep our fellow New Zealanders safe.

  • COVID-19 is still out there, we still need to play it safe
  • Keep your distance from other people in public
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
  • If you have been told to self-isolate, you must do so immediately
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen

What’s new at Alert Level 2?

Personal movement
  • You can travel between regions for tourism and recreation.
  • Keep 2 metres distance from people you don't know in public, 1 metre physical distance in most other environments.
  • Take extra care around people you don’t know as it won’t be easy to do contact tracing if necessary.

For more information visit the COVID-19 website.

Gatherings, events, funerals and tangihanga
  • Gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed, provided public health measures can be maintained. Visit the COVID-19 website for more information. This limit will change to 100 people, starting 12pm on Friday, 29 May.
  • Up to 50 people can attend funerals and tangihanga if the director seeks a special registration for the event. Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information. This limit will change to 100 people and funerals and tangihanga will no longer require special registration, starting 12pm on Friday, 29 May.
Public venues
  • Many public venues such as museums, cinemas, food courts and markets are open again at Alert Level 2. However, there are restrictions in place including the requirement to keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart. Some venues may stay shut if they can’t open safely.

Exercise, sport and recreation

  • You can play sports that involve close contact, but only if good contract tracing records are maintained for training and games.
  • No one should train or play if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • High Performance Sport New Zealand activities can take place at Alert Level 2 using a controlled workplace approach in consultation with WorkSafe.

For more information visit the Sport New Zealand website.  

Workplaces and businesses
  • At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they are able to do so safely.
  • Businesses should maintain hygiene measures, including physical distancing, hand washing, and regularly cleaning surfaces.
  • Businesses will need to keep contact tracing records of anyone who they have close interactions with (workers, contractors or customers).
  • If you can continue to work from home, or arrange flexible hours, this will minimise impact of transport networks.

For more information on how businesses will operate at Level 2, visit the COVID-19 website, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment or call 0800 226 657.

 Travel and transport
  • Keep track of what travel services you use and who you have been in contact with.
  • Follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
  • You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate.
  • If you're driving, there could be delays, visit NZ Transport Agency to plan your journey.
  • Try to limit taking public transport, or use at off-peak times. Expect wait times. Plan ahead and be respectful of others who may need it more urgently. For more information on buses, trains and harbour ferries, visit the Metlink website.

For more information on travel and transport visit the COVID-19 website.

  • Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities will all open at Alert Level 2. Distance learning will continue to be available to those who can’t attend school.
  • Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.

For more information on education visit the Ministry of Education website, the COVID-19 website or contact your school.

At-risk people
  • There is guidance for people at higher risk of COVID-19. It includes advice under the different Alert Levels, who is at higher risk, and how they can protect themselves.

Guidance for at-risk people can be found on the COVID-19 website.

Self-isolation, quarantine and testing

At Alert Level 2, people who are probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, will have to self-isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by a doctor.

People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed-isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested — contact your doctor or call Healthline on  0800 358 5453.