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11 May Media Conference | Alert Level 2


The Government has announced New Zealand will move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May. Until then we are still in Alert Level 3.
 
Temporary limits on gathering numbers will be in place when we first move to Alert Level 2.
Cabinet will review Alert Level 2 restrictions on Monday 25 May.
 

Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities — but we have to do so safely.
  • Most businesses can open if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.
  • We can go in-store at local businesses.
  • Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open.
  • We can travel between regions.
  • Initially gatherings like weddings, funerals, tangihanga, religious ceremonies and social gatherings can have up to 10 people.
  • We can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family, in groups of 10.
  • We can visit local cafes and restaurants bars and pubs to have a meal.
  • We can return to our regular recreation activities, at first keeping to 10 people.

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At Alert Level 2, you can leave home to do more things, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

Follow these physical distancing rules:

  • Keep your distance when out and about (ideally 2 metres).
  • 1 metre from others in most other environments, unless there are mitigating measures. Examples of times where you should keep 1 metre between groups include cafes, church groups, gatherings, restaurants and retail stores.
  • Take extra care if you interact with people you don’t know. These situations include playgrounds, parks, shopping malls or walking along the street.

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 measures to manage public health risks. Examples include hairdressing, physiotherapists, home help, and public transport.

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Gathering at your home
You can have friends and family over to your home, but gatherings are limited to up to 10 people, or the people who usually live in your house.
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
  • funerals and tangihanga
  • family events
  • religious services
  • public meetings.
Gatherings must:
  • have no more than 10 people
  • not be longer than 2 hours
  • keep high hygiene standards
  • record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.
You can’t participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
 
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).
Venues must:
  • keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart
  • not have groups larger than 10 people
  • not have more than 100 people in total — this excludes staff.
Hospitality venues can only serve customers if they are there to dine.
Some venues will stay shut if they can’t open safely.
 

You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
COVID-19 is a disease you can spread without knowing you have it. You can travel around the country if you follow good personal health measures. You will need to keep records of what travel services you use and keep track of who you have been in contact with. You should 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.
Tips for minimising risk while travelling:
  • Try to limit taking public transport, or use at off-peak times.
  • Avoid sitting next to someone you don’t know, or standing.
  • If you’re flying or taking other forms of transport that involve bookings, follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
  • You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if you need to self-isolate.

Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities will all open at Alert Level 2.
On the advice of public health officials, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
 
Early learning services and schools
All early learning centres and schools will be physically open including years 11 to 13. Distance learning will be available for those unable to attend school, for example where people are self-isolating.
 
Early learning services and schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
 
Tertiary education
Tertiary education facilities are open.
 
Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning.  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.
 
Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.
 

At Alert Level 2, people who are probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of a case, will have to self-isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by a doctor.
 
People arriving from overseas will continue to be placed in managed-isolation for 14 days, or quarantine if they are showing symptoms.
 
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested — contact your doctor or Healthline.