New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2

The Government has announced that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2.

New Zealand is remaining at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions in the Auckland region for gatherings, funerals and tangihanga.

The Government will next review the Alert Levels on Monday 21 September. It has agreed, in principle, to move New Zealand down to Alert Level 1 and Auckland to Alert Level 2 with eased restrictions on gatherings. The Government will make a final decision on 21 September.

If the restrictions do change, the date will depend on where you are in New Zealand:

  • For Auckland, this will be at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September.
  • For the rest of New Zealand, this will be at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Update on physical distancing on public transport

From today, public transport operators including airlines, buses and trains, do not need to maintain any seating restrictions or limit passenger capacity at Alert Level 2. This is due to passengers taking the use of face coverings seriously and regularly scanning QR codes.

It’s still a good idea to try and maintain physical distance on public transport where possible. You should also follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.

This applies to all New Zealand including Auckland.

Wearing face coverings is still mandatory on public transport.

If you use public transport, remember to practise good hygiene — sanitise your hands, cough into your elbow and stay home if you are sick.