New Zealand’s history of COVID-19 Alert Levels

New Zealand’s history of COVID-19 Alert Levels

Most recently updated on 18 March 2021

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The history and timeline of the COVID-19 Alert Levels in Auckland and New Zealand during 2020 and 2021.

A State of National Emergency was declared due to COVID-19. It was in force between 12:21pm on 25 March 2020 and 12:21pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

14 March 2020

The New Zealand Government announces anyone entering New Zealand must self-isolate for 14 days, expect those arriving from the Pacific.

19 March 2020

Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people were cancelled.

New Zealand’s borders were closed to everyone except New Zealand citizens and permanent residents

21 March 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2

The New Zealand Government introduced a 4-tier Alert Level system and the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand would be at Alert Level 2.

23 March 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3

The Prime Minister announced that New Zealand had moved to Alert Level 3 immediately at 1:30pm on 23 March 2020, and that in 48 hours New Zealand would move to Alert Level 4.

25 March 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4

At 11:59pm New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4, and everyone went into self isolation. 

27 April 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm.

13 May 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2

8 June 2020 - New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1

8 June to 11 Aug 2020 - New Zealand remained at Alert Level 1

12 Aug 2020 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2

20 Aug 2020 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 with extra restrictions on travel and gatherings and the rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2

21 Sep 2020 - Auckland remains at Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 1

23 Sep 2020 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 with extra restrictions on travel and gatherings

7 Oct 2020 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 1 and all of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1

7 Oct 2020 to 14 February 2021 New Zealand remained at Alert Level 1

New Zealand stayed at Alert Level 1 for just over four months from 7 October in Spring 2020 until 14 February in Summer 2021.

14 February 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2

This lock down was due to a new community case and was referred to as the Valentine’s Day Cluster as it commenced on the 14th February 2021 which was Valentines Day in New Zealand.

17 February 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 and rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 1

22 February 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 1 and all of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1

28 February 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 and rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2

7 March 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 and rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 1

12 March 2021 - Auckland moves to Alert Level 1 and now all of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1

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