Alert Level advice for Auckland

Ka pai, Tāmaki Makaurau! Your hard work is paying off. The increasing vaccination rate in the wider Auckland community means that Alert Level restrictions are being eased.

Latest update — 20 October 2021

  • Auckland is at Step 1 of Alert Level 3. This will be reviewed on Monday 1 November 2021.
  • Ākonga (students) in Years 11, 12 and 13 in Alert Level 3 areas will be able to return to school from Tuesday, 26 October 2021.
  • All NCEA and Scholarship exams will continue in Alert Level 3 areas, and will follow public health guidelines.

Education at Alert Level 3

Our 3-step plan to keep Auckland safe and ease restrictions

In Auckland, 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 easing of Alert Level 3 restrictions does not extend to the Northland and Waikato Alert Level 3 areas.
  • There are no changes to the reasons for personal and business travel.
  • The air and road boundaries between Auckland and the rest of the New Zealand, including the Alert Level 3 area in Northland and Waikato, remain in place.
  • Moving to each step will depend on public health advice. Each step will be reviewed weekly.

Check the Alert Level boundary map on this page to find the exact Auckland Alert Level 3 boundary.

Alert Level boundary map

Step 1

Auckland is now at Step 1 at Alert Level 3. Some restrictions have eased to allow you to meet close friends and whānau.

  • You should continue to work or study from home if you can.
  • You are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering when you leave your home and when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Keep scanning QR codes, or keep another record of where you go.

Outdoor social gatherings between 2 households

  • Outdoor social gatherings between 2 households can go ahead, with a maximum of 10 people. The natural ventilation outside makes it harder for the virus to spread. 
  • You can, for example, invite people from another household over for dinner in your backyard, but they cannot enter your house or use indoor facilities.
  • You are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from the other household. 
  • Tamariki (children) can have playdates with 1 other household at a time — as long it is outside and they do not go inside or use indoor facilities.
  • You can meet close friends and whānau from 1 other household at the park for a picnic or BBQ. You cannot travel in the same vehicle as people from the other household.

Specialised healthcare

Updated guidance now allows you to have a face-to-face appointment with healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

Accessing healthcare at Alert Level 3

Recreation

You can travel throughout the Auckland region for day trips to do an expanded range of outdoor recreation activities. A maximum of  2 households can gather, with a limit of 10 people. You must maintain 2 metre physical distancing. 

The following activities are permitted:

  • golf
  • hunting
  • sailing and boating — we recommend that boating activities be limited to people from the same household
  • fishing from a private motorised boat or vessel
  • scuba diving
  • jetskiing
  • recreational flying

People from outside the Auckland region cannot travel into Auckland for recreation purposes.

Outdoor exercise classes

Outdoor exercise classes, for example, yoga or bootcamp, should be limited to 10 people (from up to 10 households), including the instructor. Everyone must stay 2 metres apart. 

We encourage you to wear a face covering when you are not exercising. You will not be able to use any indoor changing facilities. 

Find out more about sport and recreation at Alert Level 3

Early learning centres

  • Early learning centres can reopen to all children, with a maximum of 10 children in each bubble.
  • Parents and caregivers must wear a face covering when picking up and dropping off their tamariki.
  • The Ministry of Health is asking early childhood teachers to get tested for COVID-19 before the return to teaching, even if they do not have symptoms. This testing is not a requirement, but is encouraged. Regular testing helps us to identify any undetected chains of transmission in the community.

Find out more about education at Alert Level 3 in Auckland

Activities that cannot go ahead   

At Step 1 many activities cannot go ahead, and most 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, cannot go ahead.
  • Camping, including hiring a campervan, cannot happen.
  • Businesses must still be contactless, so close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and barbers cannot operate or visit your home, including your backyard.
  • Dentists remain closed except for emergency or urgent care.
  • 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 2

Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but if the public health assessment tells us it is safe to do so, at step 2:

  • retail can operate, with customers able to enter premises, wearing face coverings and keeping 2 metres apart
  • public facilities like libraries and museums can reopen, with face coverings and 2-metre physical distancing required
  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead.

Step 3

Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but if the public health assessment tells us it is safe to do so, at step 3:

  • 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 Aucklanders 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 in Auckland

As restrictions ease in Auckland 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 in Auckland

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.

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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