Life at Orange

At Orange, there will be community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system. 

About Orange 

At Orange, there are some restrictions in place to protect our communities. You can continue to do everyday activities including: 

  • Meeting with friends and family 
  • Attending events and gatherings 
  • Going shopping 
  • Going to hospitality venues 
  • Accessing healthcare 
  • Attending early learning centres, schools and university 
  • Traveling 
  • Moving to a new house 

There are no indoor or outdoor capacity limits at Orange. Mask wearing is a key feature of Orange. My Vaccine Passes are also no longer required. 

Find out more about Orange settings in English 

Face masks at Orange 

As a general rule, you should wear a face mask whenever you are indoors. The exceptions are at your home or your place of work if it is not public facing. Your employer may encourage you to wear a face mask even if your job is not public facing. 

We also encourage you to wear a face mask whenever you leave the house. There are some places where wearing a face mask is required, including:  

  • on domestic flights 
  • on public transport 
  • in taxis or ride share vehicles 
  • inside retail businesses, e.g., supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, petrol stations, and takeaway food stores  
  • inside public venues or facilities, e.g., museums and libraries, but not at swimming pools  
  • at vet clinics 
  • in the public areas of courts, tribunals, local and central government agencies, social service providers, and NZ Police  
  • in the public area of premises operated by NZ Post Limited 
  • when visiting health care services, e.g., aged care facilities.  

Some people must wear a face mask while they are at work — unless they are exempt. 

You must wear a medical grade face mask if you work: 

  • in hospitality 
  • in a close-proximity business, for example if you are a hairdresser 
  • at an event (note, at gatherings workers are only required to wear regular masks)  

Face masks are no longer required outdoors at all traffic light settings. This includes venues, and outdoor arrival and departure points such as bus stops, or train stations.  

Face masks must be attached to the face by loops around the ears or head. This means people can no longer use scarves, bandannas or t-shirts as face coverings. 

Advice for people who cannot wear a face mask 

We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face mask. The reason for their exemption may not be obvious. Please be kind. 

If you have an exemption, you should not worry if a business owner or employee approaches you to ask whether you’re able to wear a mask. They are just ensuring the safety of you and others. It is not appropriate for a business owner or employee to ask about the nature of your disability or condition. However, it is reasonable for them to check whether you’re exempt from wearing a face mask.  

Capacity limits at Orange 

You can have or attend an event or gathering at Orange, for example, meeting friends, holding a wedding, or attending a place of worship.  

There are no indoor or outdoor capacity limits at Orange. This includes in hospitality, retail, education and workplace settings.  

Vaccination requirements 

My Vaccine Passes are no longer required. However, businesses can choose to continue using them.  

Government vaccine mandates remain in place for some sectors because workers in these areas have frequent contact with people at risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19, or there is an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure.  

Vaccinations and work 


You can travel anywhere for any reason at Orange. 

If you’re planning to travel: 

  • Don’t travel if you’re unwell. 
  • Don’t travel if you have been told to self-isolate. 

If you’re travelling into a different region with a different traffic light setting, you will need to follow the guidance for that area. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 while away from home, you may need to isolate where you are staying. Make sure you have a plan in case this happens. You will need to cover your own costs if you need to self-isolate while travelling.  

Face masks are required on all public transport and in ride share services, unless you’re able to be outside (for example, the deck of a ferry). 

There are no physical distancing requirements on transport services or in airports, train stations or bus terminals. 

Keep up healthy habits to protect us  

Slow the spread of the virus by keeping up healthy habits.  

  • Stay home if you’re sick 
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow 
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces regularly 
  • Improve ventilation 
  • Keep your distance from people where possible 

Help while you’re self-isolating

There may be help if you and your family need extra support while you’re self-isolating because of COVID-19.  

Help while you’re self-isolating 

COVID-19 support for employers 

You can apply for financial support to contribute to the costs of the wages or salaries of your employees or yourself if you’re self-employed. 

COVID-19 support for employers | Work and Income 

If you’re sick or need time off work because of COVID-19 

Work and Income may be able to help you if you need support while self-isolating, or help your employer pay your wages if you can’t work because of COVID-19. 

If you’re sick or need time off work because of COVID-19 | Work and Income 

Help for you and your family during COVID-19 

Find out what extra support for food, essential items, mental health and wellbeing is available to you and your family.  

Support for individuals and families 

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