Visiting friends and whānau at Red

You can visit friends and whānau at home, in social housing, aged care facilities, healthcare facilities and prisons at Red.

Key points

  • Friends and whānau can visit each other's homes at every traffic light setting.
  • There may be restrictions on who can visit rest homes, aged care facilities, hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • You must wear a face mask when visiting an aged care facility, hospital or healthcare facility.

Visiting friends and whānau at home

Household bubbles do not exist under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights).

You can visit friends and whānau at their homes, and invite them to yours, at every traffic light setting.

Examples include:

  • catching up with friends and whānau at their home or your home
  • parties and other gatherings at their home or your home.

You and your guests do not need to wear face masks.

Learn more about private gatherings at Red


Visiting social housing

You can visit friends and whānau who live in social or community housing.

Tenants in social and community housing should check with their landlord about any requirements for visitors, and which shared facilities are open.


Visiting an aged care facility

You can visit friends and whānau in a rest home or aged care facility, but there may be restrictions.

Some facilities may only allow fully vaccinated people to visit. Check with the aged care or rest home before you visit.

You must wear a face mask when visiting an aged care facility.

Do not visit an aged care facility or rest home if you are unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, are self-isolating or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.

Guidance for aged care providers | health.govt.nz (external link)


Visiting hospital

You can visit friends and whānau in hospital or healthcare facilities.

Each facility may have their own requirements to keep workers and patients safe. This could include restricting the number of daily visitors, or only allowing fully vaccinated people to visit. Check with the healthcare provider before you visit.

You must wear a face mask when visiting hospital and other healthcare facilities.

Do not visit a healthcare facility if you are unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, are self-isolating or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.

Guidance for health professionals | health.govt.nz (external link)


Visiting prison

There are currently no face-to-face visits allowed for private and legal visitors. When visits start again, all private visitors are required to be fully vaccinated.

Visiting friends and whānau in prison | corrections.govt.nz(external link) (external link)


Face masks

You do not need to wear a face mask if you are visiting friends and whānau at their home, or hosting a gathering for them at your own home.

You must wear a face mask when visiting an aged care facility, hospital or healthcare facility. 

Learn more about when you need to wear a face mask


Keep up healthy habits

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

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