Covid-19 Alert Level-2

Alert Level 2 information on personal movement, exercise, education, work, business, travel and gatherings.

Everyday Life

At Alert Level 2, you can go to work and school, but should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

If you are unwell

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Get tested if you have cold, flu, or Covid-19 symptoms. Tests are free.

Self-isolation, quarantine and testing

At Alert Level 2 there may be some situations where you need to self-isolate or go into a quarantine facility.

Good hygiene

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

Keep track of where you’ve been

You should keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required.

Businesses are legally required to display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster. They legally must also have an alternative contact tracing system.

Personal movement

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

Physical distancing

Keep your distance when outside your home.

You should keep a distance of at least:

  • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops
  • 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.

Face coverings

At Alert Level 2 the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher.


  • legally must wear a face covering on public transport and on domestic flights
  • are encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops.

Local travel

You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.

You should not travel if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate.

Travel between regions

You can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 2 or lower.

Gatherings and events

No more than 100 people at social gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

There are specific restrictions at Alert Level 2 depending on the type of gathering:

  • Gatherings, event facilities and public facilities
  • Eating out and getting takeaways safely
  • Going out to bars and night clubs
  • Funerals and tangihanga
  • Religious communities

Exercise, sport and recreation

You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, if you can do them safely.

Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

Workplaces and businesses

Businesses can open, but they legally must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing and record keeping.

Funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, up to 100 people in each defined space can attend a funeral, tangihanga, kawe/hari mate or unveiling ceremony/hura kōhatu.

Social gathering rules apply to funerals and tangihanga held at:

  • funeral homes
  • churches, mosques and other faith-based institutions
  • hired venues or facilities
  • private dwellings.

Organisers do not need to register with the Ministry of Health to hold a funeral or tangihanga.

The organiser legally must ensure that contact tracing requirements are met.

If you’re attending a funeral or tangihanga

  • Do not attend the gathering if the number of people is more than 100 in a defined space
  • If there are people at the gathering you do not know, make sure you scan the QR code or give your details to an organiser.

We recommend avoiding physical contact such as harirū, hongi, kissing, and hugging except if you:

  • live with them
  • are whānau
  • close friends.