As of Tuesday 28 April 2020, Aotearoa is now in Alert Level 3.
We stay at Alert Level 3 for 2 weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May 2020.
Find out more about Alert Levels and what we can and can’t do at each level.
The Golden Rules for Alert Level 3 are summarised below. For more detail about what Level 3 means for you, go to the Government’s COVID-19 website for the latest information about:
- Personal movement
- Recreation - what you can and can’t do
- Workers and businesses
- Travel and transport
- At risk people
- Staying safe and well
Are you at risk of severe illness?
Download the Guidance factsheet for people at risk of severe illness because of age and/or existing and underlying health conditions.
The Golden Rules for life at Alert Level 3
- Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home, the same as at Alert Level 4.
- Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.
- Make your business COVID-19 safe. COVID-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn’t spread the virus.
- Stay regional. You can exercise at parks or beaches within your region, but the closer to home the better. Activities must be safe – keep 2 metres away from anybody not in your bubble. Make minimal trips.
- Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.
- Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test. There is no stigma to COVID-19. We will only be successful if everyone is willing to play their part in finding it wherever it is.
The Golden Rules for businesses at Alert Level 3
- If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
- Your staff should work from home if they can.
- Customers cannot come onto your premises. Unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
- Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
- Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
- If you used PPE in your business before COVID-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before COVID-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff.
Visit health.govt.nz for more advice
- You must meet all other health and safety obligations.
Leave support for workers extended
Workers at higher risk from COVID-19 are being supported through an expansion of the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme as we move to Alert Level 3.
The Leave Support Scheme has been broadened to be available to all businesses, organisations, and self-employed people, not just essential services. (Note that the other criteria remain the same - including that businesses must be experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.)
Who does it cover?
It covers workers who are unable to work from home and need to self-isolate. This could be because they, or someone in their bubble, are sick, have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or are at higher risk of becoming severely sick if they contract COVID-19. The weekly rates of the scheme will remain at $585.80 for full-time workers and $350 for part-time workers.
Applications for cover
The expanded COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme will be open for applications from Friday 1 May 2020, and will continue to be administered by the Ministry of Social Development.
Applications received for Essential Workers Leave Support prior to the shift to Alert Level 3 will continue to be processed and approved.