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COVID-19 Protection Framework: Guidance for the primary sector

Te Pou Tarāwaho Ārai KOWHEORI-19

Find out about the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework and what it means for the primary sector. 

COVID-19 Protection Framework 

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) introduces a new flexible 3-level approach to managing COVID-19 in the community:

  • Green – used when there’s limited COVID-19 in the community, hospitalisations are at a manageable level, and the health system is ready to respond.
  • Orange – used when there’s increasing community transmission of COVID-19, the whole health system has focused its resources but can manage the outbreak, and there is an increasing risk to the public.
  • Red – used when action is needed to protect the health system and to protect at-risk populations.

The new traffic light system is more flexible than the previous Alert Level system.  It takes into account aspects like vaccination coverage, COVID-19 transmission in communities, and the capacity of the health and disability system.

Testing, contact tracing, and isolation will continue as key tools to minimise any spread of the virus.

COVID-19 Protection Framework: Guidance for the primary sector [PDF, 1.9 MB]

The COVID-19 Protection Framework – COVID-19

The Protection Framework: What it means for businesses –

Regional traffic light settings

Traffic light settings are now in place for all of New Zealand.

New settings for each region – COVID-19

From December 15, people travelling out of Auckland will have to be either fully vaccinated or have a negative test within 72 hours of departure. This requirement will be in place for the core summer period, until 17 January 2022.

Auckland boundary to change 15 December – COVID-10

My Vaccine Pass – COVID-19


Frequently asked questions for primary industry businesses working under the framework

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Frequently asked questions about positive COVID-19 cases within the primary industries

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Frequently asked questions about vaccinations in the traffic light system

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