Below is a summary of what this means for people residing in or visiting the region.
At Alert Level 2, everyone can go to work and school, but should follow public health measures and consider others around you. but:
- Stay at home if you’re sick and get a test if you have symptoms.
- Maintain good hygiene - wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your elbow.
- Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. Mandatory record keeping came into effect from 7 September 2021.
- Face coverings are mandatory at many places. Most staff, visitors and customers need to wear face coverings at businesses that involve customer contact.
- Keep 2 metres apart from people you do not know in public.
- Limit of 50 people applies for indoor gatherings, and 100 for outdoor gatherings. This includes private events.
- Mandatory record keeping comes into effect from 11.59 pm on 7 September 2021.
For full up-to-date information please visit www.covid19.govt.nz
Support for businesses
Two business support mechanisms have been triggered
- Eligible employers can apply for the wage subsidy scheme if they expect a loss of 40% revenue due to the lockdown. Applications for the wage subsidy scheme will open on Friday, with payments likely within three days of applying.
- Businesses can also apply for the resurgence support payment if they incur a loss of 30% in revenue. This is different from the wage subsidy scheme and can be used for other costs businesses have. Inland Revenue will open the resurgence support scheme as soon as possible.
For more information please visit www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/financial-support-for-businesses