ALERT LEVEL 3

Our 3-step plan to keep Auckland safe and ease restrictions

In Auckland, restrictions under Alert Level 3 are being eased in 3 steps. This will allow friends and whānau to reconnect with each other and start to enjoy recreation, outings, and shopping at safe limits.

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ALERT LEVEL 3 RULES

Our 3-step plan

to keep Auckland safe and ease restrictions.

In Auckland, restrictions under Alert Level 3 are being eased in 3 steps. This will allow friends and whānau to reconnect with each other and start to enjoy recreation, outings, and shopping at safe limits.

  • At Alert Level 3, you must continue to wear a face covering at certain places, and to keep 2 metres away from people who are not in your bubble. Scan in to keep track of where you go.

  • The easing of Alert Level 3 restrictions does not extend to the Northland and Waikato Alert Level 3 areas.

  • There are no changes to the reasons for personal and business travel.

  • The air and road boundaries between Auckland and the rest of the New Zealand, including the Alert Level 3 area in Northland and Waikato, remain in place.

  • Schools can reopen from 18 October 2021, depending on public health advice. A decision will be made closer to the time. Children aged 12 and over are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

  • Moving to each step will depend on public health advice. Each step will be reviewed weekly.

STEP 1:

Auckland is now at Step 1 at Alert Level 3. Some restrictions have eased to allow you to meet close friends and whānau.

  • You should continue to work or study from home if you can.

  • You are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering when you leave your home and when physical distancing is not possible.

  • Keep scanning QR codes, or keep another record of where you go.

Park Activities

Outdoor social gatherings between 2 households

Outdoor social gatherings between 2 households can go ahead, with a maximum of 10 people. The natural ventilation outside makes it harder for the virus to spread. You are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from the other household. 

You can, for example, invite people from another household over for dinner in your backyard, but they cannot enter your house or use indoor facilities.

Tamariki (children) can have playdates with 1 other household at a time — as long it is outside and they do not go inside or use indoor facilities.

You can meet close friends and whānau from 1 other household at the park for a picnic or BBQ. You cannot travel in the same vehicle as people from the other household.

Recreation

You can travel throughout the Auckland region for day trips to do an expanded range of outdoor recreation activities. A maximum of  2 households can gather, with a limit of 10 people. You must maintain 2 metre physical distancing. 

The following activities are permitted:

  • golf
  • hunting
  • sailing and boating — all boating activities should be limited to people from the same household
  • fishing from a private motorised boat or vessel
  • scuba diving
  • jetskiing
  • recreational flying


People from outside the Auckland region cannot travel into Auckland for recreation purposes.

Outdoor exercise classes

Outdoor exercise classes, for example, yoga or bootcamp, can take place with a maximum of 10 people, from 10 households. The limit includes the instructor taking the class. 

Everyone must stay 2 metres apart. We encourage you to wear a face covering when you are not exercising. You will not be able to use any indoor changing facilities. 

Early learning centres

  • Early learning centres can reopen to all children, with a maximum of 10 children in each bubble.

  • Parents and caregivers must wear a face covering when picking up and dropping off their tamariki.

  • The Ministry of Health is asking early childhood teachers to get tested for COVID-19 before the return to teaching, even if they do not have symptoms. This testing is not a requirement, but is encouraged. Regular testing helps us to identify any undetected chains of transmission in the community.

  • Find out more about education at Alert Level 3 in Auckland

Activities that cannot go ahead

At Step 1 many activities cannot go ahead, and most facilities remain closed. 

  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities cannot open.

  • Most team sports, such as basketball or volleyball, cannot go ahead.

  • Overnight stays, for example at your bach or in AirBnB accommodation, cannot happen.

  • Camping, including hiring a campervan, cannot happen.

  • Businesses must still be contactless, so close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and barbers cannot operate or visit your home, including your backyard.

  • Dentists remain closed except for emergency or urgent care.

  • You can only travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) for recreation if you are a resident there.

Commercial tour or recreational businesses, such as kayak hire or boat tours, should not operate.

STEP 2:

Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but if the public health assessment tells us it is safe to do so, at step 2:

  • retail can operate, with customers able to enter premises, wearing face coverings and keeping 2 metres apart

  • public facilities like pools, libraries and museums can reopen, with face coverings and 2-metre physical distancing required

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead.

STEP 3:

Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but if the public health assessment tells us it is safe to do so, at step 3:

  • hospitality venues, like cafes, bars, and restaurants, can reopen with a limit of 50 people

  • event facilities likes cinemas, casinos, and theatres can open with a limit of 50 people in a defined space, wearing face coverings and 2-metre physical distancing

  • close contact businesses, like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, can reopen, with workers wearing face coverings

  • social gatherings, indoors and outdoors, can take place with a limit of 50 people in a defined space.

Contact Tracing
Work from home

ALERT LEVEL 4

PREPARE, PREVENT, PROTECT

New Zealand needs your support to eliminate COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Everyone must now stay home in their bubble.

You can only leave home for essential personal movement, like to: shop for groceries, access necessary healthcare, get a COVID-19 test or vaccination, exercise in your local area, go to work if you are an Alert Level 4 worker and you cannot work from home.

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ALERT LEVEL 4

New Zealand needs your support to eliminate COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Everyone must now stay home in their bubble. You can only leave home for essential personal movement, like to:

  • shop for groceries access necessary healthcare

  • get a COVID-19 test or vaccination exercise in your local area

  • go to work if you are an Alert Level 4 worker and you cannot work from home.

Only make physical contact with those in your household bubble.

If you live alone, you may arrange with another person living alone or a household to be part of your household bubble. This arrangement must be exclusive between you and the other household.

At Alert Level 4 you can still access all the essentials you need, including medicine and food.

Covid-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and breathing by a type of Coronavirus. 

There are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family and fight the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Prevention Tips

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.

  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (for free) if you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the Coronavirus.

Vaccination Center

NEW COVID-19

PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

GREEN, ORANGE, RED

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. 

The simplified framework has three levels: green, orange and red. 

Auckland will move to red, once all the District Health Boards have reached 90% full vaccinations.

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COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

Factors for considering a shift between levels:

vaccination coverage; capacity of the health and disability system; testing, contact tracing and case management capacity; and the transmission of COVID-19 within the community, including its impact on key populations.

Localised lockdowns:

will be used as part of the public health response in the new framework across all levels, and there may still be a need to use wider lockdowns (similar to the measures in Alert Level 3 or 4).

Vaccination certificates:

Requiring vaccination certificates will be optional for many locations. There are some higher-risk settings where they will be
a requirement in order to open to the public. Some places won’t be able to introduce vaccination requirements, to ensure everyone can access basic services, including supermarkets and pharmacies.

GREEN

COVID-19 across New Zealand, including sporadic imported cases. Limited community transmission. COVID-19 hospitalisations are at a manageable level. Whole of health system is ready to respond – primary care, public health, and hospitals.

General settings

  • Record keeping/scanning required

  • Face coverings mandatory on flights, encouraged indoors

  • Public facilities – open

  • Retail – open

  • Workplaces – open

  • Education (schools, ECE, tertiary) – open

  • Specified outdoor community events – allowed

No limits if vaccination certificates are used for:

  • Hospitality

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae)

  • Events (indoor/outdoor)

  • Close contact businesses

  • Gyms

If vaccination certificates are not used, the following restrictions apply:

  • Hospitality – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing, seated and separated

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae) – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing

  • Events (indoor/outdoor) – up to 100 people based on 1m distancing, seated and separated

  • Close contact businesses – face coverings for staff, 1m distancing between customers

  • Gyms – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing

ORANGE

Increasing community transmission with increasing pressure on health system. Whole of health system is focusing resources but can manage – primary care, public health, and hospitals. Increasing risk to at risk populations.

General settings

  • Record keeping/scanning required

  • Face coverings mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, retail, public venues, encouraged elsewhere

  • Public facilities – open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing

  • Retail – open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing

  • Workplaces – open

  • Education – open with public health measures in place

  • Specified outdoor community events – allowed

No limits if vaccination certificates are used for:

  • Hospitality

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae)

  • Events (indoor/outdoor)

  • Close contact businesses

  • Gyms

If vaccination certificates are not used, the following restrictions apply:

  • Hospitality – contactless only

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae) – up to 50 people, based on 1m distancing

  • Close contact businesses, events (indoor/outdoor) and gyms are not able to operate

RED

Action needed to protect health system – system facing unsustainable number of hospitalisations. Action needed to protect at-risk populations.

General settings

  • Record keeping/scanning required

  • Face coverings mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, retail, public venues, recommended whenever leaving the house

  • Public facilities – open with up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing

  • Retail – open with capacity limits based on 1m distancing

  • Workplaces – working from home encouraged

  • Education – schools and ECE open with public health measures and controls

  • Specified outdoor community events – allowed with capacity limits

With vaccination certificates, the following restrictions apply:

  • Hospitality – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing, seated and separated

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae) – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing

  • Events (indoor/outdoor) – up to 100 people based on 1m distancing, seated and separated

  • Close contact businesses – public health requirements in place

  • Gyms – up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing

  • Tertiary education – vaccinations required for onsite delivery, with capacity based on 1m distancing

If vaccination certificates are not used, the following restrictions apply:

  • Hospitality – contactless only

  • Gatherings (e.g. weddings, places of worship, marae) – up to 10 people

  • Close contact businesses, events (indoor/outdoor) and gyms are not able to operate

  • Tertiary education – distance learning only

Family at the park