New Zealand may go into Alert Level 4 if it is likely COVID-19 is not contained, there is sustained and intensive community transmission of cases, and there are widespread outbreaks.
We are publishing this information about what could happen at Alert Level 4 so people and businesses can plan for any Alert Level change.
What could happen at Alert Level 4
At Alert Level 4, it is likely COVID-19 is not contained.
- Sustained and intensive community transmission is occurring.
- Widespread outbreaks.
Range of measures that can be applied locally or nationally
- People are instructed to stay at home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement.
- Safe recreational activity is allowed in local area.
- Travel is severely limited.
- All gatherings are cancelled and all public venues are closed.
- Businesses are closed except for essential services - for example, supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities will stay open.
- Educational facilities are closed.
- Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities is possible.
- Reprioritisation of healthcare services.
What all Alert Levels have in common
At all Alert Levels, essential services including health services, emergency services, utilities and goods transport will remain up and running. Employers in those sectors legally must continue to meet their health and safety obligations.
At all Alert Levels, if there is another emergency, follow normal emergency procedures. Emergency evacuation orders will override COVID-19 Alert System requirements to stay at home.
Where to find the old Alert Level 4 information
We have not repeated the same Alert Level 4 information from 2020. This is because any possible future move into Alert Level 4 may look different.
If you would like to read our old Alert Level 4 webpage, you can find archived versions of our site and navigate to it from there.
You can access previous versions of this website through external public archives:
- Covid19.govt.nz at New Zealand Web Archive (external link)
- Covid19.govt.nz at Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (external link)
When accessing these archives it is important to note that the information is a snapshot of what previously existed — it may be out of date.