What we need to do at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, there is medium risk of community transmission with active, but managed, clusters. Make sure you follow all the public health rules to protect yourself, your whānau and our communities.

Latest update — 25 September 2021

Auckland is at Alert Level 3. These settings will be reviewed on Monday 4 October.

Find out the Alert Level for your region

Travel and transport at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, travel is restricted and only allowed for permitted movement in your local area — for example going to work or school if you need to, shopping or getting exercise. Some business travel is permitted.

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.

Life and activities at Alert Level 3

There are restrictions on what you can do and where you can go at Alert Level 3.

  • You should work from home if you can.
  • Children and young people should learn from home.
  • You can go to supermarkets and some food retailers, banks, pharmacies, petrol stations and some other places.
  • Other businesses can open if they can have contactless pick-up or delivery, including takeaways.
  • You can exercise outdoors, but stay close to home.

What you must do at Alert Level 3

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.

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Doing business at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, there are restrictions to keep workers safe, limit interaction with customers and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Doing business at Alert Level 3

Working safely at Alert Level 3

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

Advice for at-risk and older people

You are at high risk if you are over 70, have a compromised immune system or have underlying health conditions. 

Alert Level 3 advice for at-risk people (external link)

The Ministry of Health has information for older people and their family and whānau.

Advice for older people and their family and whānau | health.govt.nz (external link)

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