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Alert Level 3 coming

Published 16 Apr 2020

The Government today indicated NZ may come down to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in one weeks' time if the current trends of declining infections continues.

Most, but not all businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3 albeit with extra health measures to keep their workers safe.

  • Workers must work from home if they can
  • Workplaces must operate safely – keeping one metre between workers, recording who is working together, limiting interaction between groups of workers, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining high hygiene standards
  • Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers cannot enter stores
  • Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can continue to allow customers into their stores, with the same restrictions and measures in place as Alert Level 4
  • Businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hairdressing, massage, house cleaning, or door-to-door salespeople)
  • Other in home services can be delivered if it is safe to do so (like tradespeople for repairs or installations) – keep two metre separation from those in the house
  • Most workers will not require PPE to stay safe at work. Incorrectly used PPE can create more risk. Good hygiene measures like hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing, sneeze and cough etiquette, and wiping down surfaces is the best defence against COVID-19.
Travel is still restricted, and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area. Public transport is available. You can use it to travel to work or school, but be aware there will be limited capacity. You should sit 2 metres away from other people on public transport and was hyour hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.

Gatherings of a maximum number of 10 people for funerals or weddings are allowed.

More details and expectations to follow over the coming days.