New Zealand has a 4-level Alert System specifying measures to be taken against COVID-19 at each level.

Designer Cottage conforms to any requirements specified by the NZ Government in relation to the management of the COVID 19 risk.

New Zealand is now at the lowest Alert Level 1.

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 8 June 2020. 

Alert Level 1 — Prepare

The disease is contained in New Zealand.

Risk assessment

  • COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas.
  • Isolated household transmission could be occurring in New Zealand.

Range of measures that can be applied locally or nationally

  • Border entry measures to minimise risk of importing COVID-19 cases.
  • Intensive testing for COVID-19.
  • Rapid contact tracing of any positive case.
  • Self-isolation and quarantine required.
  • Schools and workplaces open, and must operate safely.
  • No restrictions on personal movement but people are encouraged to maintain a record of where they have been.
  • No restrictions on gatherings but organisers encouraged to maintain records to enable contact tracing.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash and dry your hands, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face.
  • No restrictions on domestic transport — avoid public transport or travel if you're sick.
  • No restrictions on workplaces or services but they are encouraged to maintain records to enable contact tracing.

COVID-19 Alert System

The Alert System was introduced in March 2020 to manage and minimise the risk of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The system helps people understand the current level of risk and the restrictions that must be followed. 

The measures may be updated on the basis of:

  • new scientific knowledge about COVID-19, and
  • information about the effectiveness of intervention measures in New Zealand and elsewhere.

The Alert Levels may be applied at a town, city, territorial local authority, regional or national level.

What all Alert Levels have in common

At all levels, essential services including health services, emergency services, utilities, and goods transport will remain up and running. Employers in those sectors must continue to meet their health and safety obligations.

At all levels, if there is another emergency, follow normal emergency procedures. Emergency evacuation orders will override COVID-19 Alert System requirements to stay at home.

Dates when different Alert Levels came into force

  • COVID-19 Alert Level 4 came into force at 11:59pm Wednesday 25 March 2020.
  • COVID-19 Alert Level 3 came into force at 11:59pm Monday 27 April 2020.
  • COVID-19 Alert Level 2 came into force at 11:59pm Wednesday 13 May 2020.
  • COVID-19 Alert Level 1 came into force at 11:59pm Monday 8 June 2020.