Alert Level 4 businesses and services
Information for Alert Level 4 businesses, services and support services.
There is no requirement to register with MPI as an "essential business or service". Primary sector businesses described below can continue to operate and provide services with appropriate COVID-19 safety practices in place.
You will be considered an Alert Level 4 business or service, if you are one of the following:
- Primary industries (being food and beverage production for both domestic consumption or export, plus the relevant support services) and veterinary and animal health and welfare services.
- Freight services (including those for transporting livestock) provided by means of road, rail, air, or sea
- Services involved in diagnostics for critical businesses or services like biosecurity, food safety, or public health
- Key utilities, such as providing solid fuel including firewood
- Pest management services
- Essential elements of pulp and paper plants
- Businesses or services necessary to maintain other Alert Level 4 businesses or services.
Businesses are also able to undertake any necessary work in any premises for either of the following:
- minimum basic operations required to:
- maintain the condition or value of, or clean, the premises, or any plant, equipment, or goods in the premises
- care for animals
- receive stock or freight (including livestock)
- enable workers to work, or to continue to work, remotely from their homes or places of residence
- to prepare the premises for opening (and to meet public health guidance).
Support services and inputs that may be considered as an Alert Level 4 business and service
MPI wants to help ensure the supply of critical goods and services to food and beverage, packaging, production, and processing businesses during the Level 4 Alert. However, businesses should only be operating if:
- those goods and services are essential during the Level 4 Alert, and
- are vital to the ongoing operation of the primary industry essential service (for example, if failing to provide the goods or services now would cause significant disruption in the weeks after the Level 4 Alert).
- Support services and inputs that may be considered Alert Level 4 business and service include:
- livestock and primary produce transporters
- veterinary service providers
- feed or fodder transporters
- feed, supplement, and agri-chemical manufacturers, processers, suppliers, and stores
- manufacturers and distributors of animal medicines
- pet shops and services (for online orders and contactless pick ups/deliveries, or to care for animals kept in store)
- marine farming hatcheries, and suppliers of gear used in marine farms and fishing (such as ropes, nets, float manufacture, installation, and maintenance to maintain marine farm crop lines)
- animal control
- workers caring for animals in containment
- rural contractors who are providing essential services that cannot be deferred over the next 4 weeks, especially for animal welfare purposes (such as artificial insemination technicians, stock agents managing and directing stock movements, winter re-grassing for feed, fertiliser supply and application, shearing where necessary for animal welfare)
- fertiliser manufacture and distribution.
Employers must protect the safety of their staff and the public. If that cannot be achieved then operations should close for the duration of the Level 4 Alert.
Wool and forestry operators and businesses are not considered Alert Level 4 businesses and services during a Level 4 Alert unless they are providing critical goods or services into other essential services (such as packaging or power generation).
For a full list of businesses and services able to operate at AL4, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
Travelling to work at Alert Level 4
If your employees need to go into the premises or work on site, they can use public transport to commute.
Employees may be asked to show who they work for so they can prove they have a reason to travel. We recommend you provide your employees with a letter to confirm who they are, and their role.
Everyone legally must wear a face covering on all public transport, unless they have an exemption.
If you are a business that requires travel across the alert level boundary for work, information about permitted travel, the Business Travel Register, and exemptions is available on MBIE’s website.
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’s important to note that you cannot use the same travel documentation used during previous alert level events and must apply again.
For information about testing of essential workers crossing the Alert Level boundary, visit the COVID-19 website.
Businesses and workers need to continue to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 alert level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry.