Check locations of interest

Locations of interest are places where someone confirmed with COVID-19 has visited.

You are a contact if you have been at a location of interest at the specified time.

Check the locations of interest and follow the health advice of the Ministry of Health.

Locations of interest in New Zealand | health.govt.nz (external link)

What to do if you have been at a location of interest

If you have been at any location of interest at the date and times specified you must immediately isolate at your home or accommodation and either:

  • call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing and isolating, or
  • record your visit to a location of interest online.

Record your visit online (external link)

If you record your visit online, you do not need to call Healthline. Contact tracers will call or email you and let you know what you need to do.

These instructions are outlined in section 70 orders | health.govt.nz (external link)

If you live with someone who has been at a location of interest

If you live with someone who has been at a location of interest at the date and times specified you must immediately:

  • isolate at your home or accommodation
  • continue isolating until the person who was at a location of interest gets a negative test result at day 5. If you have not had any contact with the person who was at the location of interest, you can stop isolating as soon as they have a negative result.

Members of the household who were not at a location of interest can only leave home to exercise. They can exercise while waiting for the results of their test if they keep 2 metres apart from others. People in the household are not permitted to go to the supermarket or visit other essential services. We encourage you to ask friends, whānau or neighbours to drop off groceries and other essential supplies to you.

Who is exempt

If you work in a managed isolation or quarantine facility, or you provide an essential health service, you can leave home to go to work earlier than day 5. You must meet other criteria. 

These instructions are outlined in section 70 orders | health.govt.nz (external link)

What is a Section 70

Section 70 of the Health Act 1956 gives special powers to a medical officer of health to prevent the outbreak or spread of any infectious disease.

A Section 70 order is issued to make sure you understand it is very important that you follow the advice given by public health units.

A Section 70 order allows a medical officer of health to require those in the order to:

  • meet public health requirements
  • undergo testing
  • isolate until they get a test result.

People must follow the order immediately.

Find out more about Section 70 orders | health.govt.nz (external link)

If your business is a location of interest

The Ministry of Health has guidance to support New Zealand businesses that have been identified as a location of interest after a visit by a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.

In most cases, a public health official will call and talk you through what this means for your business. However, there may be some occasions, for example outside business hours, when it may not be possible to contact you immediately.

Guidance for businesses | health.govt.nz (external link)

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