Level 3 refresh

Posted at 12:29pm Monday 15 Feb, 2021

For more detailed information, visit covid19.govt.nz

Getting a test

If you have cold, flu or Covid-19 symptoms, call:

• Healthline on 0800 358 5453

• your doctor or Nurse Practitioner, or

• your iwi health provider.

A health professional will let you know the next steps and if you should get a test.

If you need a test, you can get one at your general practice (GP) or the Community Testing Centre at Coast to Coast Health in Wellsford.


At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble whenever you're not at work or school. You can expand this to:

• connect with close family and whānau

• bring in caregivers, or

• support isolated people.

It's important to protect your bubble. Keep your bubble exclusive and only include people where it will keep you and them safe and healthy. If anyone within your bubble feels unwell, they legally must immediately self-isolate from everyone else within the bubble.

Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as friends, extended family and whānau, to enter your home.


There are restrictions to keep workers safe, limit interaction with customers and help prevent the spread of Covid-19. It is recommended staff work from home if they can.

  •   •  If your business requires close physical contact, it can't operate.

  •   •  Businesses need to display a QR code and have an alternative contact tracing system.

  •   •  Customers cannot come onto the premises – unless it is a supermarket, dairy, butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.

  •   •  All businesses legally must be contactless. Customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up legally must also be contactless.

  •   •  Basic hygiene measures legally must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers legally must stay home if they are sick.

  •   •  Staff legally must remain a minimum of one metre apart at all times where practical. Other measures, such as PPE including face coverings, are recommended where appropriate.

  •   •  Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff.

  •   •  All other health and safety obligations must also be met.

  • Events

    Gatherings of up to 10 people can continue, but only for wedding services and funerals and tangihanga. The person organising the wedding, funeral or tangihanga legally must record attendees to make sure contact tracing can happen if needed.

    Public venues legally must close. This includes libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets.


    Play centres and playgroups will be closed.

    Early learning/education centres and schools are open for children up to and including Year 10, with appropriate public health measures in place. All young people in years 11 to 13 will continue to learn at home. Where possible, it is recommended that students remain at home and continue distance learning. Where parents or caregivers need to, they can send their children to school.


    Checkpoints have been set-up north and south of Auckland. Travel should be restricted to going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise.

    People are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when outside their home and in a place where it's hard to stay two metres away from other people, like in shops.

    Do not travel outside of your region unless your local area crosses a regional boundary.

    Remember, any unnecessary travel may spread Covid-19.

    Public transport

    You legally must wear a face covering on public transport. There are some situations when you do not have to wear them. Face coverings on public transport information

    Walking, cycling and active transport

    Walking and other active transport like cycling or scootering are fine, provided you keep a two metre distance from anybody outside of your bubble.

    Source, covid19.govt.nz


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