If you're unwell
- If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
- If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
- If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.
Self-isolation, quarantine and testing
At Alert Level 2 there may be some situations where you need to self-isolate or go into a quarantine facility.
Maintain good hygiene
It’s important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.
Keep track of where you’ve been
Use the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required.
Businesses are legally required to display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster. They legally must also have an alternative contact tracing system.
Travel and personal movement
Our borders are closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. There are controls at the borders 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.
You can travel locally
You can travel locally, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
You should not travel if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate.
You can travel between regions
You can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 2 or lower.
At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you. Keep your distance when outside your home.
You should keep a distance of at least:
- 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops
- 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.
At Alert Level 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. So, wearing a face covering is more important.
You legally must wear a face covering:
- 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.
Gatherings and events
You cannot have more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, civil union ceremonies, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.
There are specific restrictions at Alert Level 2 depending on the type of gathering:
Workplaces and businesses
Businesses can open at Alert Level 2, but they legally must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing and record keeping.
Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2
- Reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work.
- All businesses can operate if they can do so safely.
- Talk with your staff to identify risks and ways to manage them.
- Ask everyone — workers, contractors and customers — with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms to stay away from your premises.
- Keep workers 1 metre apart and customers in retail businesses 2 metres apart.
- Businesses are legally required to display a QR code and provide an alternative contact tracing system.
- Face coverings are strongly encouraged if you are in close contact with others.
- Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Resources for business
You can order free printed resources through our website to help your workplace or business operate safely.
All early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open at Alert Level 2. All tamariki (children) should continue to attend school unless they are sick.
There are some restrictions if a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 is found related to an educational facility.
If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you.
People are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they're older or have an underlying medical condition. If you're an at-risk person, you’ll need to take extra precautions at Alert Level 2.