COVID-19: Advice for workplaces

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

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.

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