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COVID-19 - Essential Business and Non-essential Businesses

Essential Businesses during Alert Level 4

Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand during Alert Level 4.

This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.

For a full list of essential businesses, visit the COVID-19 Government website.

If your business is considered essential, you must operate in a way that minimises the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Businesses should:

  • minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions among staff and with and between customers;
  • ensure appropriate health, hygiene and safety measures are in place;
  • restrict activity to only what is essential during the Alert Level 4 period.

If you have any queries about what an essential service is and if it applies to your business sector, you can get in touch with general enquiries at 0800 22 66 57 or email essential@mbie.govt.nz for advice regarding your specific business.

This page was last updated on 2 April at 2.20pm