At Alert Level 2, you can leave home to do more things, but you should consider the safety and comfort of people around you, and follow the rules about keeping your distance.

  • Stay 2 metres away from people you do not know in public and in places where contact tracing is not possible, like retail stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, parks and playgrounds.
  • Stay 1 metre away from people you do not know in places where contact tracing is possible, like workplaces, marae, church, clubs or groups, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Write down who you see each day

There will be a few times at Alert Level 2 where it won’t be possible to maintain physical distance, so there will be other rules to follow to keep everyone safe.

Visiting friends and family

You can leave your home to connect with your friends, family and loved ones. You don’t need to follow physical distancing with them so you can give them a hug. Remember that no more than 10 people are allowed to gather together at once.

You should check with people first before you visit them to make sure they want you to visit. If they are at high risk of becoming very unwell if they get COVID-19 they might prefer not to meet in person.

Gathering at your home

You can have friends and family over to your home, but gatherings are limited to up to 10 people. This includes the people who usually live in your house. If more than 10 people normally live in your house, then no more can join.

Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe physical distancing.

Gathering outside your home

You can attend gatherings in controlled settings outside of your home. Gatherings include:

  • weddings
  • family events
  • religious services
  • private functions, like a birthday.

Gatherings must:

  • have no more than 10 people
  • keep high hygiene standards
  • record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.

You shouldn’t participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.

Funerals and tangihanga

Up to 50 people can attend funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2, as long as the funeral director registers with the Ministry of Health and follows the rules about physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Food and drink is permitted after the service provided the venue can meet the physical distancing and hygiene requirements for food preparation and serving. This includes groups of no more than 10 people eating together, food served as individual portions and not from a buffet, and no alcohol may be served or consumed on the premises.

Talk to your funeral director to find out the rules for attending, and what you will need to do.

Public venues

Many public venues will be open again at Alert Level 2. This includes:

  • museums and libraries
  • cinemas
  • markets
  • restaurants, cafes and bars (only for dining at first).

All public venues must keep records to enable contact tracing and manage their numbers to ensure that:

  • every individual or group of 10 is kept 1 metre apart
  • no group has more than 10 people.

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