14 May 2020
We’ve united against Covid-19 and by continuing to work together we can earn the opportunity to move to Alert Level 2. When we move to Alert Level 2 we can leave our bubbles and reconnect with friends and family.
We’ll move to Alert Level 2 when we’re confident there is no community transmission and that the disease is contained.
When we do, we’ll have measures in place to track and stop any new transmission and stamp out any outbreaks.
Cabinet is reviewing whether we are ready to move to Alert Level 2 on Monday, 11 May.
You have more freedom of movement at Alert Level 2, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.
These are the most important things that you can do:
Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities – but we have to do so safely.
Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.
At Alert Level 2, you can leave home to do more things, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.
Follow these physical distancing rules:
There will be a few instances at Alert Level 2 where it won’t be practical to maintain the required physical distancing, so there will be other measures to manage public health risks. Examples include hairdressing, physiotherapists, home help, and public transport.
You can attend gatherings, of no more than 100 people, like weddings, funerals, family events, concerts, religious services and public meetings, provided public health measures (see conditions below) can be maintained.
You can have friends and family over for events in your home, but play it safe – keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe distancing.
All gatherings outside of the home (indoors and outdoors) can have no more than 100 attendees, excluding staff like waiters. Indoor gatherings should be seated if possible, and should be approximately two hours long.
Food and drink consumption is fine at gatherings, so you can have food at wedding receptions or after a funeral or tangihanga. It should be prepared carefully and served individually, for example not from a buffet.
Additional conditions on gatherings:
Many public venues – such as museums, food courts and markets – will be open again at Alert Level 2.
However, there will be restrictions in place including the requirement to keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart.
This might require limiting the number of people inside at once. Some venues may stay shut if they can’t open safely.
You can do your usual exercise, sport and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.
This includes activities that were restricted previously, including:
You can play sports that involve close contact, but only if good contact tracing is maintained for training and games. Make sure you know who you’re training and playing with, in case someone gets sick. No one should train or play if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
For sports where it is possible to maintain physical distancing, such as tennis, you should try your best to keep 2 metres from other people.
NZ Super Rugby and ANZ Premiership Netball professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces. The details for these events will be developed with Sport New Zealand and WorkSafe. Initially they will happen without crowds but they can be broadcast.
High Performance Sport New Zealand activities can take place at Alert Level 2 using a controlled workplace approach in consultation with WorkSafe.
At Alert Level 2 businesses can operate if they’re able to do so safely.
At Alert Level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should:
Services can also be provided on customers’ premises, for example cleaning and home help.
This means that most businesses can open their premises to the public, including:
Hospitality businesses should keep groups seated, separated, and use a single server if possible.
For some businesses close personal contact is required to deliver a service.
These businesses can operate if they have measures like:
Specific guidance for key sectors is being developed by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe.
The key public health requirements stay the same at Alert Level 2. Businesses should maintain hygiene measures, including physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces.
All businesses are encouraged to use alternative ways of working if possible. This means businesses that don’t normally have customers on their premises could continue to have staff work from home.
If workers are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home.
Do everything you can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work – we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.
You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
COVID-19 is a disease you can spread without knowing you have it. You can travel around the country if you follow good personal health measures. You will need to keep records of what travel services you use, and keep track of who you have been in contact with. You should keep your distance from groups of people you don’t know. Y ou should minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.
You must not travel to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.
Tips for minimising risk while travelling:
Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities will all open at Alert Level 2.
On the advice of public health officials, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
All early learning centres and schools will be physically open — including years 11 to 13. Distance learning will be available for those unable to attend school, for example where people are self-isolating.
Early learning services and schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
Tertiary education facilities are open.
Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning. They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of COVID-19.
Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.
There is guidance for people at higher risk of COVID-19. It includes advice under the different Alert Levels, who is at higher risk, and how they can protect themselves.
At Alert Level 2, people who are probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, will have to self-isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by a doctor.
People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed-isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested – contact your doctor or Healthline.