What we need to do at Alert Level 4

At Alert Level 4, the virus is not contained and there is sustained and intensive community transmission. Make sure you follow all the public health rules to protect yourself, your whānau and our communities.

Life and activities at Alert Level 4

There are restrictions on what you can do and where you can go at Alert Level 4.

  • You can only leave home for essential personal movement, such as shopping. 
  • Supermarkets, dairies, pharmacies are open, and you can go in store to shop. 
  • You can exercise in your local area.
  • You can leave your home to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination. Health and medical facilities will remain open. 
  • If there is another emergency while we are at Alert Level 4, follow the usual emergency guidelines or advice from emergency authorities. 

What you must do at Alert Level 4

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.

Travel and transport and Alert Level 4

Business and personal travel within an Alert Level 4 area is limited to essential or permitted movement.

Travel across an Alert Level boundary is strictly limited. 

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Doing business at Alert Level 4

At Alert Level 4, we all need to stay in our household bubbles. If you or your employees can work from home, they can continue to work at Alert Level 4.

If your business provides an Alert Level 4 business or service, then your employees can go into work if they cannot work from home.

Doing business at Alert Level 4

Working safely at Alert Level 4

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 (external link)

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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 (external link)

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 (external link)

Advice for at-risk and older people

People at higher risk in particular should stay at home and ask others to pick up supplies for them. You just need to ask them to leave supplies at the door, rather than come in.  

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

Alert Level 4 advice for at-risk people

The Ministry of Health has updated its information for older people who live alone or in a retirement village on creating a support bubble/buddy at Alert Level 4.

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

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