What we need to do at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2 there is a low risk of community transmission. We need your support to protect New Zealand and eliminate COVID-19.

Latest update — 16 November 2021

All of Waikato is at Alert Level 2.

The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2, except for Auckland. 

Travel and transport at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, you can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.

From 11:59pm on Thursday 23 September 2021, most people aged 12 years and older must get a COVID-19 test to cross the boundary for personal movement.

What you must do when you leave home

Use this simple tool to find out when you must wear a face covering, when to keep your distance from people you do not know, and when to keep a record of where you have been.

Life and activities at Alert Level 2

  • At Alert Level 2, you can go to work, and all businesses and services can open but must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing, some workers wearing face coverings, and displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code.
  • Early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open to everyone.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
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Doing business at Alert Level 2

Businesses can open at Alert Level 2, but you must follow public health rules, including record keeping. All workers should keep at least 1 metre apart, where possible.

Some workers must wear a face covering.

Doing business at Alert Level 2

Working safely at Alert Level 2

Workplace operations at Alert Levels | business.govt.nz (external link)

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Get your free vaccination

Protect yourself, your whānau and your community. Vaccinations are free and are one of the most powerful tools against COVID-19. If you are aged 12 or over, you can get your vaccination now.

Book your free vaccination now

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Get a test if you are unwell

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call:

  • Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453
  • your doctor or nurse, or
  • your iwi health provider.

A health professional will let you know the next steps and if you should get a test.

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It is OK to ask for help

As we work through this together, there are people and agencies able to support you. 

Health and wellbeing support

Free support services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you feel you are not coping, or you have concerns for others.

Find contacts and support

Financial support

Financial pressure will be a reality for many. Help is available if you are experiencing financial distress due to COVID-19.

Financial support tool

At-risk people

People are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they are older or have an underlying medical condition. If you are an at-risk person, you will need to take extra precautions at Alert Level 2.

Advice for at-risk people

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