Businesses and workplaces at Orange

Businesses and workplaces can open at Orange. Some workers may need to be vaccinated.

Working at a business

Workplaces are open at Orange.

Employees should talk to their employers about working at Orange.

Following My Vaccine Pass requirements

Most businesses and workplaces can choose whether they check My Vaccine Pass for customers and visitors. If they do not, they may have to follow some restrictions.

They can also switch between requiring My Vaccine Pass and not requiring My Vaccine Pass. This could happen in places such as funeral homes where they have different groups entering the venue after each other.

If a business chooses to switch:

  • there must be no mingling of groups
  • rooms must be well ventilated
  • high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, must be cleaned between groups
  • everyone, both staff and visitors, must be told what the vaccine pass requirements are—whether it is for people with My Vaccine Pass, or a mix of people with and without My Vaccine Pass.

Advice for businesses on checking and verifying My Vaccine Passes | (external link)

Vaccination status for workers

Some workplaces may be covered by vaccine mandates. This means workers in businesses covered by the mandate need to be vaccinated.

This applies to food and drink services (excluding takeaway-only businesses), events, close-proximity businesses and indoor exercise facilities like gyms. 

Workers in these businesses must be fully vaccinated, even if the business chooses not to operate with My Vaccine Pass requirements.

If a business is only offering takeaway food and drink, then workers do not need to be vaccinated.

Vaccine information for businesses

Get your work ready for COVID-19

If you are a business owner or manager, now is the time to start thinking about what steps you can take to protect your staff and customers, if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in your workplace.

Use the step by step guide on to develop a plan for your business.

Managing the impact of COVID-19 cases at your business | (external link)

Visiting a business

If you enter a business as a visitor or customer, follow the My Vaccine Pass requirements at the venue.

Businesses may check your My Vaccine Pass, either by looking at it, or scanning the QR code on your My Vaccine Pass with the NZ Pass Verifier app.

Businesses that are subject to My Vaccine Pass requirements are expected to check My Vaccine Pass for people on their premises, including workers.

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

Scan the QR code or keep a record of where you go. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.

Where you must wear a face mask at Orange

Face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

There are some places where you must wear a face mask:

  • on domestic air transport services
  • public transport
  • arrival and departure points of public transport services
  • retail
  • public venues/facilities (not swimming pools)
  • pharmacies
  • veterinary services and animal health and welfare services
  • courts and tribunals
  • specified social services
  • the public area of premises operate by NZ Post Limited
  • premises operated by a central government agency, a local authority, or NZ Police
  • anyone who is not a patient or worker of a health service other than pharmacies
  • public-facing workers (paid and non-paid) at food and drink businesses and services, including within events
  • workers (paid and non-paid) at close-proximity businesses
  • workers (paid and non-paid) at gatherings, excluding performers and formal speakers.

We encourage you wear a face mask whenever you leave your home, including at the gym, hairdresser, and at work.

At events, workers (excluding performers where it is impractical) are strongly encouraged to wear face masks.

When to wear a face mask

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities. Slow the spread of the virus by keeping up healthy habits.

Keep up healthy habits

More information for businesses

Businesses can find more detailed information on

COVID-19 Protection Framework | (external link)

If your workplace is in the primary sector, the Ministry for Primary Industries also has information:

Operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework | (external link)

Social service providers can find more information from the Ministry of Social Development.

COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance for social service providers | (external link)

Display posters to let everyone know what My Vaccine Pass requirements are in place at your business. 

Download My Vaccine Pass posters

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