What can you do at Alert Level 3 in Auckland?

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What can you do at Alert Level 3 in Auckland?

Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021. The government has said that the Alert Level settings will be reviewed on Monday 4 October, which is at the start of the first week of the school holidays.

For full information on what you can do at Alert Level 3 please visit: covid19.govt.nz. We have summarised the key points for Auckland families and children below.

How to stay safe at Alert Level 3

  1. Stay at home as much as possible. Everyone should work at home if they can. Children and young people should learn from home. You should work from home if you can. You can go to supermarkets and some food retailers, banks, pharmacies, self-service laundries and petrol stations. Other businesses can open if they have contactless pick-up or delivery, including takeaways. You must stay within your household bubble whenever you are not at work or school.

  2. Keep your bubble as small as possible.  Your household bubble is the group of people you have day to day physical contact with. At Alert Level 3, it includes the people you live with and if necessary, close family, isolated people or caregivers. You cannot invite friends, whānau and extended family who are not in your bubble to your home. The government’s website states if you need to “You can extend your household bubble to 2 or more homes to bring in close whānau, caregivers, or people who live alone or may be isolated.”  Everyone who is over 18 needs to agree to the extended bubble. Find out more about Household bubbles at Alert Level 3 here: covid19.govt.nz/activities/household-bubbles/#household-bubbles-at-alert-level-3

  3. Shared custody – At Alert Level 3, children can travel between their parents’ or caregivers’ homes under a shared custody arrangement.

  4. Carer for your children – You can extend your household bubble to include a carer for your children. The carer can leave their home to provide childcare for your children. They cannot join another household bubble.

  5. Gatherings – The other gatherings allowed are for weddings and civil union ceremonies, funerals and tangihanga with up to 10 people.

  6. Schools are only open in a limited capacity for parents and caregivers who need to return to work at Alert Level 3.

  7. Early learning centres can open to provide childcare for tamariki (children) whose parents need to go into work. Play centres and playgroups must close. 

  8. Tertiary education providers should deliver their courses online.

  9. Exercise and recreation – you can exercise but stay close to home. Playgrounds are closed at Alert Level 3.
    If you are experienced you can go surfing, tramping, mountain biking (on trails under grade 3), swimming close to the shore, horse riding and playing golf. Stay within 200 metres from shore if you are kayaking, canoeing, rowing, surfing, wind surfing or paddle boarding. You can fish lcoally from a wharf or the shore but not from a boat or the rocks.

  10. Wear a face covering, unless you have an exemption. In supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, shopping malls, indoor market places, takeaway food stores, public transport, taxis,  healthcare facilities you must legally wear a face covering. At other places the government encourages you to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres distance from others when leaving your home.

    Children under 12 do not have to wear a face covering. Students on school buses do not have to wear a face covering. You do not have to wear a face covering if you have a physical or mental illness or condition or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable. If you cannot wear a mask you can get an exemption card by contacting the Disabled Persons Assembly ZN on 04 801 9100 or email at info@dap.org.nz

  11. Scan in using the NZ COVID tracer app if you can, or use another method to keep track of where you have been.

  12.  Book your free vaccination for anyone aged 12 and over here: bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz

  13. Get a test if you are unwell.

  14. Maintain good hygiene including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing in your elbow and cleaning surfaces.

  15. Regularly check the locations of interest.

Travel and Transport at Alert Level 3

“At Alert Level 3, travel is restricted and only allowed for permitted movement in your local area — for example going to work or school if you need to, shopping, visiting people in your bubble or getting exercise. Some business travel is permitted.”

What can’t you do at Alert Level 3?

  • Playgrounds are closed. You cannot use the basketball courts, pump tracks or skateparks either. Drinking fountains are turned off in Auckland parks at Alert level 3.

  • You can’t attend events. 

  • You cannot participate in team sports and training with people outside of your household bubble. You cannot go to they gym, swimming pool or other indoor recreation facility.

  • All public facilities and venues such as museums, cinemas and libraries are closed.

  • You are not able to visit friends and whānau in a rest home or aged care facility. You are encouraged to connect with them virtually. The government states that  “You can apply for an exemption to visit whānau on compassionate grounds, such as visiting those whānau who are in palliative care. You will need to talk to the healthcare provider about an exemption.”

  • At Alert Level 3, places of worship can only open to members of the public for weddings, civil union ceremonies, funerals and tangihanga. These services are limited to 10 people — this includes the faith-based leader officiating the wedding, civil union, funeral or tangihanga.

  • You can’t go to the hairdresser or businesses offering close contact personal care services.

  • A cleaner can not come into your home

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