Primary sector businesses, services, and support services

Advice for primary sector businesses, services and support services through the COVID-19 Alert Levels.


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Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 at 6am on 28 February 2021, while the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.

The new Alert Level settings will remain in place until 6am on 7 March 2021. 

The primary sector can continue to operate at both Alert Levels 2 and 3. Businesses and workers need to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 alert level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry. 

Alert Levels summary - COVID-19

An Alert Level boundary is in place around Auckland. 

Many primary sector businesses will be able to travel across the Alert Level boundary.

These include businesses involved in:

  • primary processing, production and supply of food and drink. It also includes businesses involved in the production of packaging for food or drink, and all businesses transporting freight.
  • veterinary and animal health and welfare services, but only if travel between Alert Level areas is necessary to enable the service to be provided and not providing the service would result in animal welfare concerns.

More information on alert level boundaries - business.govt.nz

Register to travel


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has developed a Business Travel Register to enable businesses and organisations to request travel documents for permitted activities. You can also use the register to seek an exemption to travel from the Director-General of Health if your business activity does not appear on the permitted activities list referred to above.

Register for business travel - business.govt.nz


The Business Travel Register will generate Business Travel Documents for workers to display at checkpoints. This includes a QR code, which enables Police at the cordon to verify the document digitally against the travel register. It is important that you register your businesses for travel.

If you requested and received Business Travel Documents during Alert Level 3 in Auckland earlier in February, you can use those documents.

More information

Primary sector businesses can contact MPI for more information.

Freephone: 0800 00 83 33

Email: info@mpi.govt.nz 

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