Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for almost all arrivals, and managed isolation or quarantine for anyone who is not travelling quarantine-free.
If you are unwell
Staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.
Get a test if you have symptoms
If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test.
Wear face coverings on public transport
Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe. It helps stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes.
At Alert Level 1, face coverings legally must be worn:
- on public transport
- on domestic flights
- by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.
There are exemptions for some people and services.
Maintain good hygiene
Keep up good handwashing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Keep surfaces clean.
Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen
At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required.
You can use the NZ COVID Tracer app on public transport, in workplaces and when visiting businesses and shops. You can also add manual entries for places that do not have a QR code poster.
How to use the NZ COVID Tracer app(external link)
Alternatively, you can keep your own diary with details of places you’ve visited, the time you were there and who you were with.
Public transport operators, workplaces and businesses legally must display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster to help customers to keep track of where they’ve been.
Keep your distance
COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you do not know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.
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