Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.5 with extra restrictions, please check before going out with your family to see what is still operating.

New Zealand is at Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April

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New Zealand is at Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April

New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown on Monday 28 April at 11:59pm and will be in Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April.

The Government said that Alert Level 3 will hold for two weeks, before Cabinet makes any further decisions based on how New Zealand is tracking on 11 May 2020.

The full rules for Alert Level 3 can be found at: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-3/

Some key points for Auckland families to note are:

  1.  Stay home if you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials.

  2. Work from home if you can

  3. Children should learn from home if they can. 

    Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to year 10 families that need them.  Where possible children should remain home and learn via distance.

    At-risk students and staff should stay home. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 families that need them.

    Play centres and playgroups will be closed.

    All children in years 11 to 13 will continue to learn at home.

    Most tertiary education will be through distance learning.

  4. Stay regional.

    Keep as close to home as you can and stay within your region. For example go to your closest beach not your favourite beach.

    You cannot travel to other regions. For example, you should not travel from Auckland to Hamilton.

    Staying overnight at a bach or holiday home is not permitted.

  5. You can do recreation activities that are local, which you can do safely and to not involve interacting with other people, or equipment touched by other people.

    Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside your bubble.

    Do not share equipment outside you bubble, such as balls or frisbees.

    Organised sports and group activities with anyone outside your bubble is not allowed outside your bubble.

    Playgrounds, including those in parks and schools are closed and cannot be used as viruses can stay alive on surfaces and playgrounds are also places where people usually congregate.

    You can exercise at parks, fields or beaches within your region, but the closer to home the better. Water fountains and playgrounds should not be used. You care able to drive within your region to play in a public space. 

    Boating and sailing is not allowed and kite boarding is discouraged.

    You can go fishing from a wharf or the shore, but don’t cast off the rocks or fish from a boat.

    You can go swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, windsurfing and paddle boarding when you stay within your bubble, do not share equipment, stay close to shore, do not gather with others, and only go out when conditions are calm.

    Tramping is allowed for a short day walk on easy trails and if you are experienced and know the trail.

    Mountain biking on know trails for experienced mountain bikers is permitted.

    Horse riding is allowed if it can be done safely and in your local area.

    Gyms and public pools cannot open. You cannot rent an e-scooter.

    Further details on what play, active recreation and sport is allowed at Level 3 can be found here: https://sportnz.cwp.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Play-Active-Recreation-and-Sport-at-Alert-Levels-4-4.pdf

  6. Keep your bubble as small as possible. 

  7. Wash your hands often with soap, then dry them. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

  8. If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test.

  9. Most businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3.

    Workplaces must operate safely and workers must work from home if they can.

    Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up.

    You cannot go onto a businesses premises unless they are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.

    Hairdressers, house cleaners and other businesses with face-to-face contact or sustained close contact cannot open. These businesses can resume under Alert Level 2, with appropriate health measures in place.

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