This page was last updated 27 March 2020.
New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4. Only businesses that are essential may remain open during the Level 4 Alert period.
If a business isn’t sure if it provides services or products which qualify as essential, it should close. If you are a business or worker in a non-essential business, you may still work – as long as this is from home. If you cannot work remotely, you must stay home.
A list and guidance about essential services is available on covid19.govt.nz.
Essential services will continue working, but will put in place alternative ways of working to keep employees safe, including shift-based working, staggered meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements and physical distancing of staff of two metres.
For more information on preventing infection, go to Face masks and hygiene advice.
A free 0800 number will be set up to help answer questions about this and the number will be posted here when it is ready.