COVID-19 update

Wellington is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand, except for Auckland and Upper Hauraki, is also at Alert Level 2.

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Alert Level 2 means there is low risk of community transmission. However, to stay safe we need your support to protect New Zealand and eliminate Covid-19.

You are able to reconnect with friends and family, and socialise in groups, go shopping and travel domestically, if you follow the public health guidance.

You are allowed to return to the place where you work or learn, but alternative ways of working are still encouraged.

Businesses, schools, early learning services, tertiary education providers and public facilities, such as museums, libraries and pools are all open, but with additional health measures in place.

Businesses are open at Alert Level 2, but they legally must follow public health rules, including record keeping. All workers are to keep at least 1 metre apart, where possible.

Travel across alert level boundaries is strictly limited to stop the spread of the virus. You may need to seek additional permission to complete travel across alert level areas.

Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Quarantine-free travel to Australia is suspended. Quarantine-free travel to Rarotonga is currently paused.

Important websites

For up-to-date information about alert levels, community cases, and getting tested, visit the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website.

For up-to-date visa and travel information visit Immigration New Zealand’s website.

For more details on managed isolation and quarantine.

It is recommended that you follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines, public health measures and consider others around you.

Information about Alert Level guidelines for New Zealand.

Protect yourself and others

There are a few simple steps that will help to protect you and others:

  1. Maintain good hygiene - keep up basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds and drying thoroughly, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and keeping surfaces clean.
  2. Wear a face covering - you are legally required to wearing a face-covering in public places if you are over the age of 12. It helps keep you and others safe.
  3. Contact tracing - everyone over the age of 12 legally must keep a record of where they have been when visiting certain places so contact tracing can happen quickly. You must do this at all alert levels. At all alert levels, businesses legally must display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
  4. Get tested - if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms - tests are free
  5. Vaccinations - the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at Alert Level 2.
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Major events and business events in Wellington

Under Alert Level 2 gatherings are limited to up to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors, including weddings, funerals and tangihanga. Mandatory record keeping (as in Alert Level 1) and physical distancing are legally required.

If you would like help in regards to a future major event, please contact our Major Events team and we’ll assist you as much as we can.