New process will help people get essential non-food items

Businesses can sell essential non-food consumer products, provided they do so in a way that protects the public and minimises the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Businesses can sell essential non-food consumer products, but they must do so in a way that protects the public and minimises the risk of COVID-19 spreading. They must notify MBIE and they must take all public appropriate public health measures. 

Essential products cover only those products that keep people warm, replace key household appliances, and maintain people’s health. They may include, for example, blankets, heaters, kitchenware and appliances, whiteware, computer equipment, and mobile phones.

Businesses providing essential non-food consumer products must take online or phone orders only and deliver the orders in a contactless way. Storefronts must not be open, and the public should not be able to visit stores to select or collect goods.

More information is available on our Essential Businesses page (external link)

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