Businesses and workplaces at Red

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

Key points

Visiting a business

If you enter a business as a visitor or customer, you may be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass.

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

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

Children under 12 years and 3 months can enter businesses without a My Vaccine Pass.

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.

Working at a business

Workplaces can open at Red.

You can work from home if it is appropriate for your job. Talk to your employer about what is appropriate for you.

Vaccination status for workers

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

COVID-19 vaccinations and work

Face masks at Red

We encourage you to wear a face mask whenever you leave the house.

It is mandatory to wear a face mask:

  • on domestic flights
  • on public transport and at arrival and departure points, this includes Cook Strait Ferries and school transport but does not include designated carriages on specified Kiwirail services
  • in taxis or ride share vehicles
  • inside a retail business, for example supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, petrol stations, and takeaway food stores
  • inside public venues or facilities, such as museums and libraries, but not at swimming pools
  • at a vet clinic
  • in an indoor setting at schools, for example a classroom and assemblies. This includes visitors, students in Years 4 to 13 and staff
  • inside at tertiary education facilities or when a visitor to a licensed early childhood service
  • in the public areas within courts, tribunals, local and central government agencies, social service providers, and NZ Police
  • in the public area of premises operated by NZ Post Limited
  • when visiting a health care service, for example a healthcare or aged care facility.

If you run a business

Following My Vaccine Pass requirements

Most businesses can choose whether they use My Vaccine Pass for customers and visitors, but there will be restrictions if they do not, including possibly needing to close.

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 should be well ventilated
  • high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, should 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.

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.

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

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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