During Alert Level 4 you were told to stay two metres away from everyone except for the people you live with and essential support workers. This group of people who you need to have close contact with is called your “bubble”.

During Alert Level 3 you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers. These people do not need to live in the same household, but must be local. It’s important to protect your bubble once it’s been extended. Keep your bubble exclusive and only include people where it will keep you and them safe and well.

If you are concerned about having contact with more people it is ok to keep the same bubble you had during Alert Level 4.

If anyone within your extended bubble becomes unwell then they should isolate themselves and keep their distance, even from people within their bubble.

If you were in the wrong place when the restrictions came into place, and need to get home, you can now move throughout New Zealand to do so. You can only move once, and in one direction. New Zealanders can move to or from the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau once, and in one direction.