People at risk of COVID-19

Advice for people with underlying medical conditions and some older people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Advice for people at risk

People with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well controlled, and some older people are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. At all Alert Levels, when you leave the house you should maintain physical distancing and good hygiene practices.

Ministry of Health advice for people at risk (external link)

You should work with your GP or specialist if you need help understanding your own level of risk and how best to stay healthy. 

You should continue to access care for your medical condition. Health services such as your GP and hospitals have measures in place to keep both you and staff safe.

At Alert Level 1

Public health advice has informed the decision to move to Alert Level 1. This means the risk of COVID-19 has been managed. 

There are no restrictions at Alert Level 1, but it is best to stay vigilant when out and about. Maintain physical distance from others if you can and keep up good hygiene practices. 

Things you can do to stay safe:

  • Keep a 2 metre distance from people you don’t know in public places and take extra care with hygiene practices.
  • Avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands before and after you leave home.
  • Wipe keys, handrails and regularly touched surfaces.
  • Avoid passing around your mobile phone to other people.

If you are working and considered at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, talk with your employer about doing a risk assessment in your workplace to look at what the risk is for you and how it can be reduced.

At all Alert Levels

At all Alert Levels remember to:

  • regularly disinfect surfaces
  • wash and dry your hands
  • cough into your elbow
  • do not touch your face
  • stay home if you’re sick, and
  • get tested for COVID-19 if you have cold or flu symptoms.

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