Alert Level 3 — Steps 1 to 3

Some Alert Level 3 restrictions have been eased to allow friends and whānau to reconnect outdoors.

Latest update — 22 November 2021

  • Auckland is at Alert Level 3 Step 2.   
  • Auckland will move to Red in the COVID-19 Protection Framework (also known as the traffic light settings) from 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December 2021.
  • Hairdressers and barbers in Auckland can open from 25 November 2021 if they choose to check vaccine passes, follow public health measures and take bookings only.

Find out the Alert Level for your region | Alert Level boundary map

The 3-step plan to ease restrictions

Restrictions under Alert Level 3 are being eased in 3 steps. This will allow friends and whānau to reconnect with each other and start to enjoy recreation, outings, and shopping at safe limits.

  • At Alert Level 3, you must continue to wear a face covering at certain places, and to keep 2 metres away from people who are not in your bubble. Scan in to keep track of where you go.
  • The air and road boundaries between Auckland, Waikato and the rest of the New Zealand remain in place.
  • There are no changes to the reasons for personal and business travel.
  • Moving to each step will depend on public health advice. Each step will be reviewed regularly.

Check the Alert Level boundary map to see the boundaries for different regions.

Alert Level boundary map

Step 1

There is no region in New Zealand at Step 1 currently.

Step 2

Auckland is at Step 2.

Alert Level 3 restrictions apply, except for the following situations.

Find out what you need to do at Alert Level 3

Auckland Council facilities open at Alert Level 3 Step 2 (external link)

Activities that cannot go ahead at Step 2

At Step 2 many activities cannot go ahead, and some facilities remain closed.    

  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities cannot open.
  • Overnight stays, for example at your bach or in AirBnB accommodation, cannot happen.
  • Most team sports, such as basketball or volleyball, should not go ahead.
  • Camping, including hiring a campervan, cannot happen.
  • Playgroups and playcentres cannot operate.
  • Most close-contact businesses cannot operate or visit your home, including your backyard.
  • You can only travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) for recreation if you are a resident there.

Commercial tour or recreational businesses, such as kayak hire or boat tours, should not operate.

Learn more about what you must do at Alert Level 3

Step 3

At Step 3, if the public health assessment tells us it is safe to do so, more restrictions will be eased:

  • hospitality venues, like cafes, bars, and restaurants, can reopen with a limit of 50 people
  • event facilities likes cinemas, casinos, and theatres can open with a limit of 50 people in a defined space, wearing face coverings and 2-metre physical distancing
  • close contact businesses, like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, can reopen, with workers wearing face coverings 
  • social gatherings, indoors and outdoors, can take place with a limit of 50 people in a defined space.  

What everyone needs to do to keep the virus under control

The best way for people in Auckland and parts of Waikato to ensure that we can keep easing the restrictions is to get vaccinated and to follow the public health advice: wear a face covering, scan in, and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID 19.

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Doing business at Steps 1 to 3

As restrictions ease in Auckland and parts of Waikato, more businesses will be able to open. Business operators must follow public health rules, including record keeping and physical distancing where possible. Some workers must wear a face covering.

Doing business at Alert Level 3 - Step 1 to 3

Workplace operations at Alert Levels | (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

Walk-in and drive-through vaccinations

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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.

COVID-19 symptoms

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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.

Advice for at-risk people at Alert Level 3

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