Travel and transport
You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
COVID-19 is a disease you can spread without knowing you have it. You can travel around the country if you follow good personal health measures. You will need to keep records of what travel services you use and keep track of who you have been in contact with. You should keep your distance from groups of people you don't know. You should minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.
You must not travel to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.
Tips for minimising risk while travelling:
If you can, try to take public transport at off-peak times.
Avoid sitting next to someone you don't know, or standing.
If you're flying or taking other forms of transport that involve bookings, follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if you need to self-isolate.
Gatherings, events, and public venues
Gathering at your home
You can have friends and family over to your home, but gatherings are limited to up to 10 people, or the people who usually live in your house.
Play it safe - keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe physical distancing.
Gathering outside your home
You can attend gatherings in controlled settings outside of your home. Gatherings include:
- funerals and tangihanga
- family events
- religious services
- public meetings.
- have no more than 10 people
- not be longer than 2 hours
- keep high hygiene standards
- record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary.
You can't participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
Many public venues will be open again at Alert Level 2. This includes:
- museums and libraries
- restaurants, cafes and bars (only for dining at first).
Detailed guidance about the numbers allowed in public venues like museums and libraries will be released soon. They must maintain appropriate physical distancing.
- keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart
- not have groups larger than 10 people
- not have more than 100 people in total - this excludes staff.
Hospitality venues can only serve customers if they are there to dine.
Some venues will stay shut if they can't open safely.
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 Saturday 23 May.
Government is working with community sports organisations to work through how sport can be restarted safely.
High-level sporting events
NZ Super Rugby and ANZ Premiership Netball professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces. The details for these events will be developed with Sport New Zealand and WorkSafe. Initially, they will happen without crowds but they can be broadcast.
High Performance Sport New Zealand activities can take place at Alert Level 2 using a controlled workplace approach in consultation with WorkSafe.