Primary sector business in Alert Level 2

New Zealand is in Level 2 restrictions in response to COVID-19.

Alert levels- what you need to know

At Alert Level 2, all primary industries and support services can operate with appropriate measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19, including those which operated at level 3 and 4.

The key focus at Alert Level 2 is on maintaining appropriate physical distancing and contact tracing registers. Customers will be allowed on the premises of all businesses (this will include butchers, greengrocers, pet and agriculture supply stores etc.).

Contact tracing -Worksafe

To operate in Alert 2, you’ll need to:

  • Maintain a contact tracing register wherever workers, contractors or customers interact
  • Use alternative ways of working, if possible, to reduce the level of people movement and interaction, such as staggered breaks, shift working and flexible working.

No registration or verification of health measures is required.

Under Alert Level 2, all businesses can operate and interact with the public, so long as they do it in a safe way.

Alert Level 2 - COVID-19

Employer and worker obligations

Recognised seasonal employer (RSE) workers may need to move to where labour is needed to support continued food production.

Any movement of RSE workers will be carefully managed by their employer. Their employer is fully responsible for the arrangement and safety of their workers while in transit.

If a RSE worker currently in New Zealand is required to isolate themselves for 14 days during their time here, their employer must make appropriate accommodation and pastoral care facilities available.

RSE COVID-19 information

If a worker is sick with COVID-19

Businesses should ensure staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms (cold or flu-like symptoms) do not work.  People with even the slightest cold or flu-like symptoms should call their GP or Healthline (on 0800 358 5453) to get advice on testing. It is important people do not turn up to a GP’s office without calling ahead.

If someone becomes sick with COVID-19 it’s critical they self-isolate, which means stay at home and recover. 

Staying at home - COVID-19

Further help and advice for businesses

The COVID-19 website and Worksafe are sources of information for businesses, including financial support available.


Workplace operations -

Business owners should also seek advice from to their key sector groups (such as DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb NZ, Restaurant Association of New Zealand and Horticulture New Zealand), their co-op, and Federated Farmers regarding aspects such as business continuity, animal welfare and labour needs.

Support for the primary sectors during the COVID-19 response

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