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Changes to the traffic light system

From 11:59pm on Friday 25th March, New Zealand’s traffic light settings will be updated and the COVID-19 Protection Framework will be simpler. It will help us manage life with Omicron while reducing the impact of future outbreaks.

My Vaccine Pass

From 11:59pm on the 4th April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. Until the 4th April, where My Vaccine Passes are not used, the current restrictions remain — but after this time, the new capacity limits will apply to everyone.

After the 4th April, businesses will still be able to use the system if they would like to.

At Red

  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities, such as gatherings and events, and food and drink businesses. My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4th April.
  • There will be a 200-person limit for indoor gatherings and events — My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4th April.
  • If My Vaccine Passes are not used, the gathering limits remain unchanged.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

At Orange

  • There will be no limit for outdoor gatherings.
  • There will be no limit for indoor gatherings.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

At Green

  • There will be no restrictions.
  • We encourage you to keep up good health behaviours.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Worker vaccine mandates

From 11:59pm on the 4th April 2022, some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.

Workers that will still be covered by a government vaccine mandate include:

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

Vaccine mandates remain in place for these sectors because workers in these areas have a high level of contact with people at risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19. For border workers, there is a high risk of exposure to new variants.

Businesses will be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements if appropriate to the workforce.

Source: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/changes-to-the-traffic-light-system/

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Bernadette Robert

Bernadette Robert