Shopping at Red

Shops and retail outlets can open at Red with restrictions.

Key points

  • Shops and retail outlets can open at Red.
  • The number of people allowed at a retail outlet depends on how large the premises is.
  • Some retail businesses can choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements.
  • You must wear a face mask when visiting shops and retail outlets.

Shops, markets, banks and takeaways can open

Shops, including outdoor markets, banks and takeaway-only businesses, can open at Red. The number of people allowed at a retail outlet depends on how large the premises is.

It is the responsibility of the business to ensure it complies with capacity limits based on its defined space and 1-metre physical distancing.

Defined spaces and capacity limits | business.govt.nz (external link)

Some retail businesses can choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, though this does not change how many people can be there. If they do, they can require you to show your My Vaccine Pass to be at the shop. 

Access to basic needs

You will always be able to access basic needs like food. Supermarkets and dairies are not allowed to stop you from shopping there based on your vaccination status.

Access to basic needs at Red

Close-proximity businesses

Examples of close-proximity businesses include hairdressers and beauty salons.

If you are at a close-proximity service within a retail setting, for example a make-up artist within a makeup store, then you must follow the rules for close-proximity businesses. The rest of the retail store only needs to follow the retail rules.

Close-proximity businesses at Red

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.

Face mask

You must wear a face mask when visiting shops, outdoor markets, banks and takeaway-only businesses.

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 retailers

Retailers can find more detailed information at business.govt.nz.

Advice for retailers | business.govt.nz. (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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