PM Jacinda Ardern reveals what what life will look like in Level 2

Publish Date
Thursday, 7 May 2020, 1:49PM

Today Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave an overview of what life under Alert Level 2 will look like for Kiwis.

It has not yet been decided when New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 - that will be revealed on Monday, May 11 - and for now will remain at Alert Level 3.

To date, there are 1489 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, while 1332 people have recovered from the deadly virus.

This is what life under Alert Level 2 will look like ...

Life under Alert Level 2

  • The principle behind Level 2 is to "play it safe".
  • Public health measures remain the same if you are sick stay home.
  • If you have symptoms get a test.
  • Reduce close contact with strangers.
  • Physical distancing of one metre outside the home (including on public transport).
  • Continuation of high hygiene standards.

Key difference from Level 3

  • You can see friends and family again, you no longer need to stick to your bubble but keep the numbers small.


  • Business can restart for staff and customers.
  • Good hygiene practises must be in place.
  • Have a conversation with your employer about staggered start times, alternative hours or working from home if possible.
  • Malls will reopen but with a limited number of people able to enter, similar to supermarkets.
  • Hairdressers and beauticians can reopen but must use appropriate PPE gear.
  • Cafes, restaurants or bar can reopen but must have no more than 100 people and follow the three 'S's: Seated - every patron must be seated, Separated - social distancing within the venue, Single server - table service only with one person.
  • If businesses are unable to do this they will be shut down.


  • Children are allowed schools and early learning.
  • Tertiary learning may also reopen.
  • Distance learning will continue if needed.
  • Keep children at home even if they are even slightly sick.


  • Border measures remain unchanged from Alert Level 3.
  • People are allowed to travel domestically around the country.
  • Social distance on public transport and airports must be put in place.

Recreations and sport

  • Gyms and swimming pools may reopen.
  • Professional sport may resume domestically.
  • Museums and markets can also reopen but social distancing must be put in place.
  • Both Indoor and Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people.

Life events

  • Funerals, weddings, religious ceremonies can be held with a maximum of 100 people.

Find out more information about Alert Level 2 at

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