Alert Level 2 - Guidelines and Information

In Alert Level 2 the following guidelines have been introduced for our continued safety at this time.

Delayne Tutemahurangi

 Personal movement and space

  • When moving about in public, ideally stay two metres away from strangers. Take extra care if you interact with people you don't know as contact tracing won't be easy. These situations include playgrounds, parks, shopping malls or walking along the street.

  • A one-metre physical distancing rule will be used in most other environments, unless example below. Examples of environments where you should maintain one metre distancing include cafes, church groups, gatherings, restaurants and retail stores.

  • There will be some business where you won’t be able to maintain a two metres physical distancing, so there will be other measures to manage public health risks. Examples include hairdressing, physiotherapists, home help and public transport.

Gatherings and events

  •  Physical distancing, infection prevention and control requirements must be met.

  •  All gatherings should record attendees to help for contact tracing if needed.

  • Gatherings are currently limited to no more that 10.

  • Up to 50 people can attend funerals or tangihanga.

  • According to the official Government website on Covid-19, food and drink is allowed at gatherings, meaning you can have food at wedding receptions or after a funeral or tangihanga. It should be prepared carefully and served individually, for example, not from a buffet.

  •  You can have friends and family over to visit your home, but play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe distancing.

  •  No one can attend any gatherings or events if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they need to be in isolation/quarantine for any reason.

Businesses, workplaces and public venues

  • Under alert level 2 all businesses can open if they can do it safely. Businesses must follow public health guidance about physical distancing and contact tracing. Alternative ways of working are still encouraged where possible. For example; remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing, staggering meal breaks and flexible leave.

When engaging with customers businesses should:

  • Maintain good contact registers, or contact tracing records, to record everyone who they interact with on the premises.

  • Maintain physical distancing of one metre between groups of customers.

  • Hospitality businesses should keep groups seated, separated, and use a single server if possible. This means each group has one server, though servers can each serve more than one table.

  • For some businesses, close personal contact is required to deliver a service. In addition to maintaining robust contact registers and good hygiene practices, specific guidance for key sectors is being developed by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe.

  • Many public venues, such as museums, cinemas, food courts and markets, will be open following the Government's announcement of that timing. However, restrictions will include the one metre physical distancing rule. This might require limiting the number of people inside at once. Some venues may stay shut if they can't open safely.

Exercise, sport and recreation

  • You will be able to resume walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land. Public swimming pools and gyms will reopen with restrictions. Boating and motorised watersports will resume.

  • Sport activities (including those that involve close contact) are allowed but only if good contact registers are maintained, the conditions on gatherings are observed and - where practical – physical distancing is used. No one should train or play if they have symptoms of Covid-19.


Public health advice is that schools and early learning services are safe to open onsite at alert level 2 to all learners. Schools will not make this transition midweek but at the start of next week.

  • According to the Ministry of Education website, playground, sports equipment use and sports, including contact sports, can resume under certain conditions.

  • School transport services will also return to normal schedules.

Tertiary education

Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context. They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of Covid-19.

  • Physical distancing and contact tracing measures are expected.

  • According to a Ministry of Education bulletin last week, hand sanitiser should be available at entry to classrooms and lecture theatres. Students and staff should ensure they are regularly washing and drying their hands.

  • Similarly, surfaces that multiple people might touch such as desks, door handles and keyboards should be cleaned as often as is practical.

  • On-campus businesses such as gyms, pharmacies, cafes, restaurant, etc. must operate in accordance with the public health control measures that apply to that type of business.

  • Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.


  • You can travel around the country but must keep records of what travel services you use and who you have been in contact with. Keep your distance from groups of people you don't know. You should minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.

  • You must not travel to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at alert level 2.

  • Try to limit taking public transport, or use it at off-peak times. Avoid sitting or standing next to someone you don't know