Today the Prime Minister announced New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on 21 September. Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September.
At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.
All the latest and official information can be found at www.covid19.govt.nz(external link)
Keep tracking your movements
At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required.
You can use the NZ COVID Tracer app on public transport, in workplaces and when visiting businesses and shops. You can also add manual entries for places you've been that do not have a QR code poster.
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Alternatively, you can keep your own diary with details of places you’ve visited, at what time and who with.
If you are sick
Staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test.
Maintain good hygiene
Keep up good hand washing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Keep surfaces clean.
It’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.