Living at Alert Level 4

Information about Alert Level 4
At Alert Level 4:

Stay at home

  • Do not leave the house unless it is for essential personal movement like going to the supermarket.
  • Work and study from home. All schools and universities are closed.
  • Some businesses can continue to operate, but there are severe restrictions on these. Only supermarkets, dairies and petrol/service stations can open their retail premises to the public.  Other workplaces can only open if:
    – there is only one worker in the premises (or household bubble), OR
    – workers cannot work from home, and
    – they are operating safely, and
    – they are classed as an Alert Level 4 service.
  • No public gatherings can be held. This includes sports games, weddings, funerals and tangihanga. You must not physically interact with anybody outside of your household bubble.
  • Travel between regions is only permitted under special circumstances. Anyone attempting to travel across the regional boundaries should expect to be stopped and asked for proof of essential travel.
  • All public venues must close. This includes libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools and markets.
  • Low-risk exercise and recreation activities are limited to your local area – for example, you may walk or run close to your home. Now is not the time to take up new activities.

Get vaccinated if you have an appointment

  • You still can get your vaccine if you have already booked you appointment in.
  • All health services remain open at Alert Level 4, we encourage as many people to get their first or second dose of vaccine as planned

Keep track of where you have been

  • If you leave the house for essential personal movement, use the NZ COVID Tracer app, a COVID-19 tracer booklet, or written notes. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
  • Go to the closest park for exercise or supermarket to shop, not your favourite one.
  • If you leave the house, we recommend you wear a face covering. You must wear one if you are taking public transport.

Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms 

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

  • Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453
  • your doctor or nurse, or
  • your iwi health provider.

Physically distance 

  • Stay at least 2 metres away from people in other household bubbles when leaving the house for essential personal movement.
  • It is important to protect everyone in your household bubble. Do not visit anybody who lives outside of your household bubble. Do not allow any other guests into your household bubble.
  • There may be extended bubbles where there are shared care and custody arrangements.
  • Anyone who feels unwell must immediately self-isolate from others in their bubble.

Wash and dry your hands often

  • It is important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces regularly.

In an emergency

  • Healthcare services, emergency services, utilities and goods transport will continue operating. Employers in those sectors must continue to meet all health and safety obligations.
  • If there is an emergency (for example, fire, earthquake or tsunami), follow normal emergency procedures. Emergency requirements override COVID-19 Alert System requirements, but where possible physical distancing should be maintained.

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