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.

Visiting friends and whānau at home

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

Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), household bubbles do not exist.

Examples include:

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

Follow the advice for private gatherings.

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.

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

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

Visiting aged healthcare 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.

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)

Wear a face covering

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

Wear a face covering

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

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

Visiting hospital

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

Each facility may have their own requirements to keep their staff 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.

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.

Wear a face covering

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

Wear a face covering

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

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

More information for health professionals

Health professionals can find more information on health.govt.nz

COVID-19: Information for health professionals | health.govt.nz (external link)

Visiting prison

From 11.59pm on Sunday 23 January 2022 there will be no face-to-face visits 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)

Where you must wear a face covering at Red

Face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

There are some circumstance where you must wear a face covering:

  • 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 operated 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
  • 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 covering whenever you leave your home, including at the gym, hairdresser, and at work.

At events, workers (excluding performers and formal speakers) and others are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.

When to wear a face covering

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities.

To slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know.

  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.

Keep up healthy habits

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