Alert Level 2 Guidance

This page was last updated on 17th February 2021

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 17th February 2021 Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1. 

Rules that apply for everyone at all alert levels

Display of QR codes in workplaces

All workplaces including clubs must ensure that a copy of the NZ COVID Tracer QR code for the workplace is displayed in a prominent place at or near the main entrance of the workplace.

More in-depth information on contact tracing can be found below.

Alert Level 2 requirements to prevent outbreak or spread of COVID 19

The order separates out the physical distancing requirements for different types of businesses and services. A requirement for a particular activity applies to a business or service to the extent that the activity it carried out.

In a club situation, different activities can run in accordance with the relevant requirements for that activity. The activities must be distinctly separate with no overlap.

Activities such as sports, class 4 gaming, libraries will be subject to the requirements for controlled businesses and services as outlined in section 18 of the order. When food and drink is added into the mix the requirements for food and drink businesses kick in.

Contact Tracing requirements for all workplaces.

In addition to ensuring that a copy of the NZ COVID Tracer QR code is displayed in a prominent place at or near the main entrance of the club, you must also have other record-keeping systems and processes in place to ensure that a contact tracing record is kept of all people that enter the club.

For most clubs this is going to be a manual register for those members that cannot scan the NZ COVID Tracer QR Code.

If a member or guest refuses or cannot scan the NZ COVID Tracer QR code, their visit needs to be recorded manually or within another system that the club has in operation.

Physical Distancing Requirements for Food and Drink businesses and services

The below requirements relate to ALL food and drink businesses, you will see that clause (c) provides an additional requirement for those in Auckland only to ensure that no more than 10 customers or clients are seated at a table together.

Businesses and services must, in relation to that activity, —

a) permit no more than 100 customers or clients to be in any 1 defined space in the workplace at any 1 time; and

b) ensure that each customer or client is seated at a table other than when—

i. entering, using a toilet or bathroom, paying, or departing; or

ii. ordering or collecting food and drink, except in on-licence premises or club licence premises; and

c) ensure that there is at least a 1-metre separation between adjacent tables where customers or clients are seated; and

d) ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that only 1 worker serves at any table; and

e) maintain compliance with the 1-metre physical distancing rule (rather than the 2-metre physical distancing rule) for all customers and clients when they are not seated at a table to the greatest extent practicable.

Physical distancing requirements for controlled-access businesses and services

Controlled access businesses and services (club activities where no food and beverage is involved) must maintain compliance with the 1-metre physical distancing rule to the greatest extent practicable; and permit no more than 100 customers or clients to be in any 1 defined space in the facility at any 1 time (not including workers).

As soon as food and beverage is involved the rules for food and beverage businesses and services apply.

Social Gatherings

A social gathering does NOT include an activity undertaken within a business in compliance with clauses 13 to 20 but does include a gathering held at a facility or venue that has been hired for the gathering i.e. private functions.

Requirements for Social Gatherings

An organiser (the person hiring the venues) and the person in control of the premises of a social gathering must ensure that the social gathering does not exceed, and is not likely to exceed, the number limit for the gathering in clause 21 or 22.

The organiser of a social gathering, and the person in control of the defined space or premises in which a social gathering is held, must ensure that contact tracing records of people attending the social gathering are kept to enable contact tracing in relation to the social gathering.