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Take Note, Here’s Everything You Can And Can’t Do In New Zealand At Alert Level 2

By Armelle Frimpong
26th May 2020

An image of a blue kingfisher on a pink heart drawn on the side of a building in Christchurch.

As the alert numbers get smaller and our excitement levels rise, we need to remember to play it cool and follow the rules. We've rounded up the info on everything you can and can't do at Alert Level two so bone up, and proceed with caution.

Alert Level Two

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country is being moved down to alert level 2 as of midnight on May 13 2020 as we slowly ease restrictions imposed due to the threat of Covid 19. From noon May 29 the restrictions around group sizes that can gather will increase from 10 to 100. Happy days.

What's Open?

Provided that they can operate safely within distinct parameters (restaurants will need to make sure that everyone can be spaced out, seated and served by one person only for example), the following businesses are now open:

  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Malls
  • Cinemas
  • Playgrounds
  • Gyms
  • Cafes
  • Schools  
  • Bars  

Can I see my friends?

Yes! You'll be able to meet in groups of up to 100 people from Friday 29 May.

Can I go on a road trip?

Yes! We can now move freely around the country, but you'll need to make sure you're still adhering to social distancing measures as laid out by the government.

What should I keep in mind while out and about?

Remember where you've been and who you've seen. If you're feeling even a little under the weather, stay home. If you're clearly not feeling well, get tested. Wash, wash, wash your hands and be vigilant at all times. Be kind.

How long will alert level 2 lockdown last?

Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, four weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.

We'll keep this updated as anything changes but you can also check the Government's Covid 19 site for more specific details.

Alert Level Three

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country is being moved down to alert level 3 as of midnight on April 27 2020 as we slowly ease restrictions imposed due to the threat of Covid 19.

At this level there are only four reasons that people can leave their home:

  • Food and supplies
  • Medical care
  • Exercise
  • Work and education (though only if you are unable to work from home)

If you are working outside your home, measures must be put in place to ensure social distancing is adhered to. It's important to note that you should maintain a 2m distance between yourself and other people but this can be lessened to 1m if unavoidable.

Schools will be open for kids who have no one to look after them at home because their parents are going back to work, up to year 10. If there's someone home to look after kids under 14 then they must continue to learn from home. 

Can I see my friends?

No. At this level we are permitted to extend our bubble to include primary caregivers or people who live alone, but we must keep our bubbles small and exclusive. That means you can't get 10 of your mates who live apart together in the same 'bubble' unless you're attending:  

  • Funerals and tangihanga
  • Wedding ceremonies (not receptions).

Can I go for a drive?

You can't go for a drive just for a jolly, but you are allowed to drive to your nearest beach or park to do some exercise. We are permitted to drive up to 45 minutes but you should be staying as close to home as possible, and maintain the social distancing rule while you're outside.

Can I Get Takeaways?

Yes, if the restaurant or cafe has contactless delivery and/or pick up in place it's possible to get your hands on some hot food (praise be).  

Can I Go For A Surf?

Yes, if you're an experienced surfer you can go to the break, however if you've never been on a board in your life, now is not the time to start. You're also allowed to fish from the shore but don't take up any new activities that are likely to land you needing emergency treatment. This means boating and jetskis are still out. However, you can swim, kayak, canoe, snorkel, row, windsurf and paddle-board. Single waka ama is also possible. You must stay in your bubble. Do not share equipment with anyone outside your bubble (even with physical distancing) and only go out when conditions are calm and it is safe. Stay close to shore.

Can I Buy non-essential stuff?

Yes, online shopping will be possible, as long as couriers continue to maintain safe drop off practices. However, bear in mind that the world and his wife will probably be ordering more deliveries than usual so there may be a wait before you can get your hands on your fresh kicks.

How long will alert level 3 lockdown last?

Jacinda Ardern has indicated that we'll stay at alert level 3 until May 11, at which time there will be another review to see how we're tracking.

We'll keep this updated as anything changes but you can also check the Government's Covid 19 site for more specific details.

Alert Level Four

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country is being moved up to alert level 4 as of midnight on the 25 March 2020 as we battle to contain the virus that has swept over the globe. Here's what will be changing and what you need to know.

Should You Stay Home?

The advice from the Prime Minister is that unless essential, you should be staying at home and avoiding contact with others.

What Will Be Closed?

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Hot food delivery services such as UberEats, DeliverEasy, McDonald's etc
  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Casinos
  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor places of worship
  • Gyms
  • Indoor and outdoor sporting venues

What Will Still Be Open?

Businesses that are declared as "essential services" will remain open, they include the following:

  • Supermarkets
  • Vets and the SPCA
  • Self service laundrettes (two-metre physical distancing)
  • Petrol Stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Dairies (on a one in-one out basis)
  • Freight and logistics businesses
  • Food delivery services (of uncooked food only)
  • "Big box" retailers like Bunnings, Placemakers and Mitre 10 (open to trade only)

How Long Will Alert Level 4 Lockdown Last?

In a press conference on Monday, the Prime Minister declared that New Zealanders must expect the level 4 restrictions to remain in at least four weeks.

"I have a very keen sense of the magnitude of this moment in New Zealand's history and we did not take this decision lightly. But we all absolutely believe this is the right thing to do. We will save lives by taking these measures now."

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Image credit: Graffiti bird in Christchurch by Casey Horner

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