COVID-19 information

On Friday, 3 December 2021, all of New Zealand moved to a traffic light system under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. This framework provides a guide to protecting one another, keeping our health system running well, and businesses open.

It is recommended that you continue to scan QR codes and keep a record of everywhere you go at all new levels. Ensure you get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Being fully vaccinated opens up new freedoms under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

If you experience cold or flu symptoms, isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice about a test.

The latest information is now available on the Government’s COVID-19 website(external link) which also has information in nearly 30 different languages(external link).

Life at Red

Life at Red means that:

  • You must wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave the house.
  • You must keep physically distant where possible.
  • Workplaces are open – where appropriate staff may work from home.
  • Everyone can go to school – public health measures will be in place.
  • Public facilities and retail businesses may open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing, and the use of My Vaccine Pass.
  • Hospitality and close-proximity businesses (e.g. hairdressers) may open with the use of My Vaccine Pass and public health requirements in place
  • Events and social gatherings can take place with capacity limits of up to 100 people with the use My Vaccine Pass and 1m distancing.

Make sure you have your My Vaccine Pass ready to be checked – most places will have restrictions in place. 

Life at Orange

Life at Orange means that:

  • You must take you face covering or mask wherever you go – these are mandatory in most public spaces and encouraged everywhere else.
  • You must keep physically distant where possible.
  • Everyone can go to school – public health measures will be in place.
  • Public facilities, retail businesses, hospitality and close-proximity businesses may open with no capacity limits with the use of My Vaccine Pass.
  • Events and social gatherings can take place with no capacity limits with the use of My Vaccine Pass.

Make sure you have your my My Vaccine Pass ready to be checked – most places will have restrictions in place.

Life at Green

Life at Green means that:

  • Face masks or coverings will remain mandatory on flights and are encouraged in most public spaces.
  • Workplaces are open – where appropriate staff may work from home.
  • Everyone can go to school – public health measures will be in place.
  • Public facilities, retail businesses, hospitality and close-proximity businesses may open with no capacity limits with the use of My Vaccine Pass.
  • Events and social gatherings can take place with no capacity limits with the use of My Vaccine Pass.

If My Vaccine Pass is not being used, different restrictions will apply. These details are available at covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights(external link) 

More information

COVID-19 resources(external link) - This includes official COVID-19 material, translated and accessible information for New Zealanders.

COVID-19 information about Kāinga Ora development sites(external link) - To keep you informed during COVID-19.

COVID-19 services and support(external link) - Additional support if you have been affected by COVID-19.

Looking after yourself and others

 

There are some simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Follow the Government instructions and self-isolate
  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Stay home if you're unwell.
  • Keep track of where you've been
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after caring for sick people.

Please remember to be kind, be patient, and to look after one another.
He waka eke noa
We are all in this together

Page updated: 8 September 2021