Stay home

Everyone should stay at home. This is the best thing we can all do to stop the spread of COVID-19. This will save lives.

You can leave your house to access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy.

Vulnerable people in particular should stay at home and self-isolate.

Print your stay at home plan [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Learn more about staying at home and what you can and can’t do

Read more about self-isolating at home at Health.govt.nz(external link)

If you’re sick

If you have any of these symptoms, call your GP before you visit:  

  • a fever
  • cough  
  • shortness of breath  
  • sneezing or a runny nose  

If you do not have a GP, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

You also need to:  

  • stay at home  
  • avoid close or prolonged contact with people you live with
  • stop having visitors to your home, and  
  • stay off public transport

More information for self-isolating if you’re unwell

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