COVID-19

PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

TRAFFIC LIGHTS (RED, ORANGE, GREEN)

New Zealand has moved to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system

This new system replaces the Alert Levels that we’ve been used to and allows more freedoms for vaccinated New Zealanders.

The Traffic Light will help us have more freedom to move about as safely as possible with COVID-19 cases in our community.

It also means the health system won’t be overwhelmed as we are aiming to keep the spread of COVID-19 and hospitilisations at as low a level as possible. Outbreaks will be contained and controlled, and if practical, stamped out. 

There will likely be some level of cases in the community on an ongoing basis.

The good news is if you are vaccinated, life is almost back to normal for you.

Our high rates of vaccination in New Zealand is key in protecting people and minimising the spread of COVID-19.

It is important to always have a face mask (or face covering) when you leave your home, have your My Vaccine Pass ready to show at places that require them for entry and use the NZ COVID Tracer app for contact tracing.

You will be legally required to provide your My Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place under the traffic lights. This may include hospitality venues, events, gatherings and gyms.

You cannot be asked to provide your My Vaccine Pass to access basic needs services, such as supermarkets, public transport, and essential health care. 

At all stages of the traffic light system, schools, supermarkets, petrol stations and the doctors will be open.

…but you will need a vaccine pass to get you into most of these.

However, you won’t need a vaccine pass to get into the following, like petrol stations.

RED

COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system.

This usually means stop but in this case it means things can move, but with some restrictions in place to help protect people who are most at-risk if they get COVID-19 and to also look after our hospitals so they can cope.

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RED

This usually means stop but in this case it means things can move, but with some restrictions in place to help protect people who are most at-risk if they get COVID-19 and to also look after our hospitals so they can cope.

You can meet family and friends inside and outside, go shopping, access healthcare, attend school and travel.

Being vaccinated will give you greater protection.

If you’re vaccinated, up to one hundred people can gather at church, weddings, funerals and family events. Gyms, restaurants and bars using vaccination certificates can have up to 100 people. 

Tertiary students with a vaccine certificate can attend class in person, otherwise it will have to be online learning.

If you’re not vaccinated you can only have up to 25 people at these places.

Read more about life at RED here.

ORANGE

COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system.

This means there’s still a risk that COVID can put our health system under pressure, so we still need some restrictions in place but not as many as Red.

At orange you can do more things if your My Vaccine Pass is used.

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ORANGE

This means there’s still a risk that COVID can put our health system under pressure, so we still need some restrictions in place but not as many as Red.

At orange you can do more things if your My Vaccine Pass is used.

There are no limits at places including indoor and outdoor events and places like gyms.  

But if you are not vaccinated only 50 people will be allowed.  

Read more about life at ORANGE here.

GREEN

COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system.

This is where we are aiming for. At Green there are some COVID-19 cases in the community but it’s not a big problem for the health system to manage them.

Life looks quite normal at green if you’re vaccinated.

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GREEN

This is where we are aiming for. At Green there are some COVID-19 cases in the community but it’s not a big problem for the health system to manage them.

Life looks quite normal at green if you’re vaccinated.

You can have a big wedding, attend your regular church services and play sports. There are no limits to the number of people you can have there.

But if you’re not vaccinated you are only allowed up to 100 people to attend these types of events.

Read more about life at GREEN here.