Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission.

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2

The Auckland region is at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. This will remain in place until at least 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September.

The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. This will remain in place until at least 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Restrictions on gatherings in Auckland

You legally must now wear a face covering when on public transport. This rule applies throughout New Zealand.

Face coverings

Important message for Aucklanders considering travelling outside the region

If you’re leaving Auckland, please travel safely.

While social gatherings of up to 100 are allowed outside of Auckland, you’re encouraged to behave as if you’re carrying your extra restrictions with you.

Consider avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, unless you’re going to a funeral or tangihanga.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms at all, we recommend not travelling — stay at home and get tested.

Remember to be considerate and ensure you practise good hygiene, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance and as always, wash your hands and cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Next announcement of the Alert Levels

The Government will next review the Alert Levels on Monday 21 September. It has agreed, in principle, to move New Zealand down to Alert Level 1 and Auckland to Alert Level 2 with eased restrictions on gatherings. The Government will make a final decision on 21 September.

If the restrictions do change, the date will depend on where you are in New Zealand:

  • For Auckland, this will be at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September.
  • For the rest of New Zealand, this will be at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Everyday life

If you’re unwell

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have cold or flu symptoms. Tests are free

Self-isolation, quarantine and testing

At Alert Level 2 there may be some situations where you need to self-isolate or go into a quarantine facility.

Who needs to self-isolate or quarantine, and how testing works

Good hygiene

It’s important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.

How to practise good hygiene and stay healthy

Keep track of where you’ve been

You should keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required.

How to keep track of where you’ve been

Businesses are legally required to display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster. They legally must also have an alternative contact tracing system.

Get your NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster

Personal movement

At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

Physical distancing

Keep your distance when outside your home.

You should keep at least:

  • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
  • 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.

Physical distancing detailed information

Face coverings

At Alert Level 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher.

You:

  • legally must wear a face covering on public transport and aircraft
  • are encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops.

Face covering advice and requirements

Local travel

You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.

You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate.

Local travel restrictions

Travel between regions

You can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 2.

Regional travel

Border restrictions

There are controls at the border for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed isolation or quarantine.

Border restriction information

Gatherings, events and public venues

No more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

There are specific restrictions depending on the type of gathering:

Public venues

Public venues can open at Alert Level 2. This includes:

  • museums and libraries
  • cinemas
  • restaurants, cafes and bars.

Venues need to comply with public health restrictions.

Gatherings, events and public venues

Auckland restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga

There are extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in the Auckland region.

  • Social gatherings legally must not have more than 10 people.
  • Funerals and tangihanga may have up to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health.

Auckland restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga

Exercise, sport and recreation

You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, if you can do them safely.

Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

How to exercise safely at Alert Level 2

Gatherings, events and public venues

Workplaces and businesses

Businesses can open, but they legally must following public health rules. These include physical distancing and record keeping.

How to do business at Alert Level 2

Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2

  • Reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work.
  • All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are encouraged where possible.
  • Talk with your staff to identify risks and ways to manage them.
  • Ask everyone — workers, contractors and customers — with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
  • Keep workers 1 metre apart and customers in retail businesses 2 metres apart.
  • Businesses are legally required to display a QR code and have an alternative contact tracing system. 
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged if you are in close contact with others.
  • Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

Financial support

If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you.

Financial support information

At-risk people

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Advice for people at risk of COVID-19

Education

Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities are open to all ages. There are some restrictions if a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 is found related to an educational facility.

Educational facility restrictions at Alert Level 2

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