COVID-19 Alert Levels

We are working with Taranaki DHB and other agencies to ensure readiness and support the response to Stamp Out cases in New Zealand.

The Prime Minister announced a new 4-Level COVID-19 alert level system(external link) at midday today, Saturday 21 March 2020.

  • Alert level 1:  The disease is in NZ but is contained
  • Alert level 2:  The disease in NZ is contained but the risk is growing
  • Alert level 3:  The disease in NZ has become difficult to contain and some public venues may be closed
  • Alert level 4:  Sustained community transmission is in NZ – people are advised to stay at home.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2. Key actions at this level include:

  • People over 70, compromised immunity, or underlying conditions to stay at home as much as they can
  • Workplaces asked to enable plans where possible for remote working and reduced workplace density, increased physical spacing
  • All non-essential travel needs to be limited – it increases the risk of the disease traveling
  • Schools will be closed if there is a case that affects a school. This may change if we move to a higher alert level
  • More detailed guidance at link)
  • Shops and essential services will continue
  • Updates will be regular and the alert level will be emphasised.  People should be mindful that the alert level can change quickly.

In Taranaki multiple channels are used to make sure as many people as possible receive the information they need.

This includes: radio and television, websites, social media, emergency mobile alerts and others such as apps.