COVID update: Here’s what you need to know

This afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Auckland and Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3, and the rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2, and this will continue to be reviewed by Cabinet on a weekly basis. 

The government announced that they will be taking a three-step ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown restrictions for Auckland, and this will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis, to be reviewed again next Monday 11th of October. We will update you as we find out more, but in the meantime, keep an eye on the government COVID website.

The first step
From 11:59pm Tuesday 5th, Aucklanders will be allowed to open up their bubble to a group of 10 people, from no more than two households, but this must be done outside. You will also be able to move around for recreational purposes. 

In case you missed yesterday afternoon’s press conference, Waikato moved to Alert level 3 from 11:59pm Sunday 3rd October for 5 days, until 11:59pm this Friday the 8th of October.

An alert level boundary map has now been published on the Covid-19 website. The interactive map allows people to search addresses to find out if they are within the boundary. There is also guidance for boundaries along a road and dividing a property.

If you are located in Auckland or Waikato:

If in doubt, refer to the golden rules for businesses at Alert Level 3

  • If your business requires close physical contact it cannot operate.
  • We recommend your staff work from home if they can.
  • Remember to have your NZ COVID Tracer app QR code displayed at your workplace entrance or on your work vehicle. To order a poster or reprint one, click here.
  • Your business legally must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up legally must also be contactless.
  • Other measures, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings, are highly recommended to be used where appropriate.
  • Basic hygiene measures should be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
  • Staff must remain a minimum of 1 metre apart at all times where practical. 


If you are located in the rest of the country:
If in doubt, refer to the golden rules for businesses at Alert Level 2

  • All businesses can operate if they can do so safely.
  • Talk with your workers about how you will keep them and others safe from exposure to COVID-19.
  • Ask everyone — workers, contractors and customers — with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
  • Keep workers 1 metre apart and customers in retail businesses 2 metres apart.
  • Keep groups of customers at least 1 metre apart, or 2 metres for retail businesses.
  • Businesses are legally required to display a QR code and provide an alternative contact tracing system.
  • We recommend workers wear a face covering if they are in close contact with others.
  • Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Follow all other health and safety obligations

For information on vaccinations and how to find a vaccination location near you, check out these resources:

Supply update
Due to courier delays, we are currently experiencing a slight delay in the supply of our construction Hazard Boards. We appreciate your patience at this time, and hope to be back on track in the next few days. 

You can refer to our COVID News page on our website for additional resources and a more in-depth look at operating at Alert Levels. 

We’re here to support you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our advisory team if you would like further information on the Covid-19 restrictions and how they impact you. Give us a call on 0800 555 339 or email

Stay safe,
The HazardCo Team

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