Covid-19

What do Levels 2 and 3 mean again?

Auckland moves back into near-lockdown at Level 3 while the rest of the country shifts gears to Level 2. Here's a refresher course on what you'll have to do differently now.

With Auckland moving to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions, a range of public venues and workplaces will close in our largest city. 

The rest of the country will have to move too.

In the case of a move to Level 2, some businesses might have to move fast to realign their shops and restaurants for table service and social distancing again.

At Level 3

During the initial lockdown the Government didn't provide advice on wearing masks.

At Alert Level 3, masks are compulsory where physical distancing is not possible. 

Aucklanders will have to stay home and maintain physical distancing in public or on public transport on the rare occasions they do go out. 

Overall, people are encouraged to work from home or stay at home, but your bubble won't have to be as small as it was at Level 4.

Under Level 3 you are allowed to extend that bubble slightly to include family members who live locally or others who might be able to act as caregivers.

Public gatherings and venues will close down. That means no libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds or markets.

The only gatherings permitted are for weddings, funerals and tangihanga. Even then, only 10 people will be able to attend.

Primary and intermediate schools (years 1-10) and early education centres are allowed to open, but children and students are strongly encouraged to stay home. They will be operating at a lower capacity to allow for physical distancing. 

As at all levels, supermarkets and dairies will remain open. Contactless takeaway deliveries are allowed too. 

The construction industry can keep operating at Level 3 with special Covid protocols. 

You can call in a tradesperson to fix your plumbing too - you just have to maintain a decent physical distance of 2m.

At Level 2

Businesses will have to move quickly to put in new precautions even though Level 2 is a lot less restrictive than Level 3.

All businesses - except retailers - must allow for contact tracing, which means providing a QR code so that users can keep track of their movements with the Ministry of Health's contact tracing app or a paper register.

There's further advice on masks here too. You're advised to wear them at the shops, on public transport and in situations where physical distancing isn't possible. 

If you're going to work you need to maintain a physical distance of 1m from your colleagues and maintain that level of physical distancing at museums, libraries and pools.

Close contact businesses like gyms and hair salons will have to put in extra precautions. That means masks and face shields for hairdressers along with other sanitation restrictions. 

Hospitality businesses will have to move to table service with a single server.

You're no longer allowed any gatherings of more than 100 people so you won't be able to take on more than that number of people at any one venue. That applies to cinemas, stadiums, concert venues and casinos.

Retail stores might also have to change their store displays to allow people to maintain a physical distance from strangers of 2m. 

Educational institutions like schools, early learning services and universities can operate as normal. 

And of course it goes without saying: wash your hands.

For more detail on all of the above visit the official government Covid-19 website.

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