The Government has asked all people in New Zealand to stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As long as you are not unwell, you can leave your house to:
If you do leave your house, you must keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times. Police may be monitoring people and asking questions of people who are out and about during the Alert Level 4 lockdown to check what they are doing.
If you have COVID-19 it’s critical you self-isolate, which means stay at home and recover.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 like a cough, fever, shortness of breath, sneezing or a runny nose, you should call your doctor.
If you do not have a regular doctor, you can call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.
If you are in need of urgent assistance, contact emergency services (dial 111).
Staying at home may present its own challenges, but there are things you can do to make it easier:
Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events such as COVID-19. Parents, caregivers and whānau will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time.
Take common sense precautions to limit close contact with those you live with. Everybody you live with must stay at home, unless they work for an essential service.
Don’t invite or allow social visitors, such as friends, family and whānau, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or other means of contact.
It is okay for friends, family, whānau or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies. They should leave these at the door.
All New Zealand employers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. This includes all employers, contractors, sole traders, self-employed people, registered charities and incorporated societies.
To qualify for the subsidy, you have to meet certain conditions, including
There have also been some changes to the obligations for the wage subsidy.
From 3pm on 27 March 2020, the COVID-19 Leave Payment is no longer available for employers. Applications already submitted will continue to be processed and paid.
The Government is providing temporary accommodation to those required to self-isolate who are unable to do so in their own homes or are travellers visiting New Zealand and do not already have suitable self-isolation accommodation arranged.
There is a cost for temporary accommodation and the Government will work with each individual or household who uses the service on how to meet this cost.
Right now, public transport and domestic air travel is restricted only for medical reasons, to get to the supermarket and for those involved in essential services and freight. Air travel is permitted in some cases for people to leave the country and to get home to self-isolate.
Ferry services, road and rail will still be available for the transport of essential goods.
You can use your own transport means (car, bike etc) when you need to access essential services.
Self-isolation is about staying home and limiting travel. We are asking everyone to limit their movement around the country to help us contain COVID-19.