Business operations during Covid-19 alert level 3

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Currently New Zealand businesses have to operate according to the COVID-19 level 3 guidelines. Businesses must self-assess their ability to meet the rules and operate safely.

Under Alert Level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. This plan will need to be discussed and shared with everyone at work, including workers, contractors and suppliers, before the work starts. The WorkSafe website has general and sector specific guidance that will help businesses determine if they should open, and how they can operate safely.

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Example: Restaurants, bars and cafes can sell prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages by contactless delivery and collection (including drive-through) during alert level 3. The MPI has provided a handy checklist for reopening a food business after COVID-19 level 4, which can be accessed here.

Remember at all alert levels your business needs to meet public health guidelines which include:

  • Regular disinfecting of surfaces.
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising.
  • Not having sick people in the workplace
  • Meeting physical distancing requirements.


On this website, the government has provided further guidelines for different businesses and operational requirements during all alert levels.

Disclaimer: Please note this information is up to date in accordance with the posting date and time of this particular blog article. Any further updates released by the government and its associated ministries can be found on 

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