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Information for whānau living in Auckland

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Auckland is currently the most significantly impacted region by COVID-19 in Aotearoa. 

There are a number of restrictions in place that are specific to Auckland, as a way to protect you, your whānau and
the wider community. 

The Government has introduced a road map which describes the three steps towards safely easing the restrictions that are in place for Auckland. 


Auckland is at Alert Level 3 Step 1 and you should continue to:

  • work or study from home if you can

  • wear a face covering when you leave your home and when physical distancing is not possible

  • use the COVID tracer app or keep a record of where you go. 


Social Activities 


Social gatherings are restricted to the outdoors, like a park or your backyard. 


  • there should be no more than 10 people

  • only people from 1 other household

  • tamariki can play together but they can’t play inside

  • you are encouraged to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart from your manuhiri.


Having manuhiri in your home is not permitted. 


Traveling around Auckland

You can travel within the Auckland region for day trips to do the following recreation activities:  golf, hunting, sailing, and boating (limited to people from the same household), fishing from a private motorised boat or vessel, scuba diving, jet skiing and recreational flying. 


No more than 2 households (up to 10 people) can gather.  


You must maintain 2 metres physical distancing. 


Outdoor exercise classes(like yoga or bootcamp) for 10 people from 10 separate households (including the gym instructor )are permitted.  Everyone must be 2 metres apart.  You should wear a face covering when not exercising.  


You can’t use any indoor changing facilities. 


Early learning facilities


  • early learning facilities can reopen to all tamariki, with a maximum of 10 tamariki in each bubble

  • parent and care givers must wear a face covering when picking up and dropping off their tamariki

  • early childhood teachers are being encourage (it is not a requirement) to get tested for COVID-19 before the return to teaching even if they do not have symptoms.  


The following are not permitted at Step 1: 

  • gyms and indoor recreation facilities cannot open

  • overnight stays for example at your batch or in AirBnB accommodation 

  • most team sports, such as basketball or volleyball 

  • camping including hiring a campervan, 

  • businesses must still be contact less, so close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and barbers cannot operate or visit your home including your backyard

  • dentists remain closed except for emergency or urgent care 

  • commercial tour or recreational businesses such as kayak hire or boat tours should not operate

  • you can only travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) if you are a resident, people who have a holiday home in these places should not go over to he islands. 



Auckland will move to Alert Level 3, Step 2  when the public health assessment indicates that it is safe. 


At Step 2: 

  • retail can operate, with customers able to enter premises, wearing face masks and keeping 2 metres apart

  • public facilities like pools, libraries and museums can reopen, with face coverings and 2 metre physical distance required

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead.



Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, but Step 3 will be agreed if the public health assessment tells us, it is safe.   


At step 3:


  • hospitality venues, like cafes, bars and restaurants can reopen with a limit of 50 people

  • event facilities like cinemas, casinos and theatres can open with a limit of 50 people in a defined space, wearing face coverings and 2-meter physical distancing

  • close contact businesses, like hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons can reopen, with workers wearing face coverings, 

  • Social gatherings, indoors and outdoors, can take place with a limit of 50 people in a defined space. 

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