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The Government has revealed what life will look like when the country moves to alert level 2 – we can leave our bubbles to see our families and friends, and bars, malls, hairdressers and schools will reopen, with precautions. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the aim at level 2 was still to reduce close contact with strangers. “It is very unlikely we have hunted down every case of Covid-19. So we all have to stay on guard.”

So, what are the rules at Level 2?

Play it safe:

• Covid-19 is still out there. Play it safe
• Keep your distance from other people in public
• If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise
• If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get tested
• Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands
• Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces
• If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately
• Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen

Life at Level 2:

Life at alert level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities — but we have to do so safely.

• All businesses can open if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work
• We can go in-store at local businesses
• Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open
• We can travel between regions
• We can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family
• We can visit local restaurants, cafes and bars
• We can return to our regular recreation activities
• We can celebrate life’s important moments with our loved ones such as weddings, funerals, birthdays and anniversaries
• Small religious gatherings and ceremonies can be held with public health measures in place

Controls at Level 2:

Alert level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

• We need to maintain physical distancing
• We will keep tight controls in place at our borders
• Our wide-scale testing will continue
• We will find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell and their close contacts
• There will be measures in place to allow some safe travel and socialising
• Only small, controlled gatherings will be permitted
• Early childhood centres, schools and tertiary organisations will see most people returning — with controls in place
• Physical distancing, hygiene standards and contact registers will make businesses safe

Personal movement:

At alert level 2, you can leave home to do more things, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

Follow these physical distancing rules:

• Keep your distance in public from people you do not know (ideally two metres)
• One-metre physical distancing in most other environments, unless there are mitigating measures. Examples of environments where you should maintain one metre distancing include cafes, church groups, gatherings, restaurants and retail stores
• Take extra care if you interact with people you don’t know as it won’t be easy to do contact tracing if necessary. These situations include playgrounds, parks, shopping malls or walking along the street

There will be a few instances at alert level 2 where it won’t be practical to maintain physical distancing, so there will be other measures to manage public health risks. Examples include hairdressing, physiotherapists, home help, and public transport.

Gatherings and Events:

You can attend gatherings of no more than 100 people, like weddings, funerals, family events, concerts, religious services and public meetings, provided public health measures (see conditions below) can be maintained.

You can have friends and family over to your home, but play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practise safe distancing.

All gatherings outside of the home (indoors and outdoors) can have no more than 100 attendees, excluding staff like waiters. Indoor gatherings should be seated if possible, and should be approximately two hours long.

Exercise, sport and recreation:

You can do your usual exercise, sport and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.

This includes activities that were restricted previously, including:

• Walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
• Swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
• Going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
• Boating and motorised watersports
• Hunting during duck shooting season — start date to be announced.

You can play sports that involve close contact, but only if good contact tracing is maintained for training and games. Make sure you know who you’re training and playing with, in case someone gets sick. No one should train or play if they have Covid-19 symptoms.

Alert Level 2 Rules for business:

At alert level 2 businesses can operate if they’re able to do so safely.

Engaging with customers

At alert level 2 businesses can have customers on their premises if they can meet public health requirements. This means businesses should:

• Have a contact tracing system in place to record everyone who you interact with on your premises
• Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre between groups of customers

Services can also be provided on customers’ premises, for example, cleaning and home help.

This means that most businesses can open their premises to the public, including:

• Bars and cafes
• Hardware, gardening, and clothing retailers
• Butchers, bakeries, and fishmongers.

Hospitality businesses should keep groups seated, separated, and use a single server if possible.

Work involving close personal contact

For some businesses, close personal contact is required to deliver a service. This includes:

• Hairdressers
• Home help providers

These businesses can operate if they have measures like:

• A robust contact tracing system in place
• Maintain good hygiene practices
• Minimise contact to the extent possible

Specific guidance for key sectors is being developed by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe.

Doing business safely

The key public health requirements stay the same at alert level 2. Businesses should maintain hygiene measures, including physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces.

All businesses are encouraged to use alternative ways of working if possible. This means businesses that don’t normally have customers on their premises could continue to have staff work from home.

If workers are sick with symptoms of Covid-19, they should stay home.

Golden rules for business at alert level 2

Do everything you can to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission at work — we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.

• Covid-19 is still out there. Play it safe
• All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are still encouraged where possible
•Talk with your workers to identify risks and ways to manage them
• Ask everyone, workers, contractors and customers, with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises
• Keep groups of customers 1 metre apart
• Keep contact-tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction (workers, contractors or customers)
• Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them
• Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands



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