We need your support to protect New Zealand and eliminate COVID-19.

  • At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.
  • You can go to work, and all businesses and services can open but legally must follow public health rules.
  • Early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open to everyone.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

Wear a face covering
We encourage you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance from others — for example, in crowded indoor places.
You legally must wear a face covering when:
– on public transport
– on flights.

Face covering advice and requirements

Keep track of where you have been
Mandatory record keeping comes into effect from 11:59 pm on 7 September 2021.

Everyone aged 12 and over legally must keep a record of where they have been when visiting certain places so contact tracing can happen quickly. You must do this at all Alert Levels.

Keep track of where you have been at all Alert Levels

Use the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
At all Alert Levels, businesses and workplaces legally must display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each location.

Get your NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster

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

How to practise good hygiene and stay healthy

If you are unwell
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.

A health professional will let you know the next steps and if you should get a test.

COVID-19 symptoms

Travel and transport
At Alert Level 2, you can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.

You can use taxis and ride-share services to travel anywhere in New Zealand. Apart from the driver, only travel with people you know — for example, friends and family.
You can take a domestic flight for recreation and tourism.
You should not travel if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, or if you need to self-isolate.

Travelling over Alert Level boundaries
Anyone wanting to travel across an Alert Level boundary needs to check whether they are eligible to travel.

Alert Level boundary map

International air travel
Visitors and tourists can use international air services to travel home.

International travel and transit

If you are unwell or at risk
You should not travel if you:

  • have been requested to self-isolate
  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

If you are unwell or at risk, you should not leave your home at all.
If you are unwell and you need to travel, you should use private transport if possible. If private transport is not available, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

Work and business
Businesses can open at Alert Level 2, but they legally must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing and record keeping.

How to do business at Alert Level 2

Travelling in or out of an Alert Level 2 area for business
Business travel across an Alert Level boundary is only allowed for permitted reasons. If your employees need to cross the Alert Level boundary, they will need evidence that their travel is permitted.

 Food, shopping and services
At Alert Level 2, all shops and services can operate but with extra safety measures. You can go in store to shop.
Remember to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, and turn on Bluetooth tracing.

 Meeting friends and whānau
At Alert Level 2, you can get together with friends and whānau but gatherings are limited to 100 people.

Meeting friends and whānau at Alert Level 2

Events and entertainment
At Alert Level 2, you can hold social gatherings including weddings, civil union ceremonies, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga, but they are limited to 100 people.

There are specific restrictions at Alert Level 2, depending on the type of gathering. Public facilities such as libraries, swimming pools, cinemas and museums can open.

 Cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs
At Alert Level 2, cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open, but with extra safety measures.
Bars and night clubs can open with seated service only. Dance floors are closed.

Cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs at Alert Level 2

Funerals and tangihanga
At Alert Level 2, funerals, tangihanga, kawe/hari mate, unveiling ceremonies/hura kōhatu and other faith-based or religious ceremonies can go ahead, but are limited to 100 people.

Funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2

 Education
At Alert Level 2, all early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open to everyone.

Schools should put extra public health control measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep staff, ākonga (students) and tamariki (children) safe.

Education at Alert Level 2

 Shared custody and childcare
At Alert Level 2, tamariki (children) can travel between their parents’ or caregiver’s home under a shared custody arrangement.

If you or your child are unwell or have been asked to self-isolate, please stay home.

Shared custody and childcare at Alert Level 2

Sport, exercise and recreation
At Alert Level 2, you can do your usual sport and recreation activities if you can do them safely.Public parks and playgrounds are open.
Indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and health clubs can open, but with extra safety measures.
Team sports events can continue, but are limited to 100 people. This includes both indoor and outdoor venues.
Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

How to exercise safely at Alert Level 2

 Healthcare and emergencies
At Alert Level 2, health and disability services will open and operate as normal, where possible.
Emergency care is still available, but some appointments will move to online or over the phone where possible.   Healthcare businesses, such as pharmacies, can open.