Safe work practices during Alert Level 3

Under Alert Level 3 there are actions businesses can take to protect workers by limiting interactions and reducing the spread of COVID-19.

It is necessary to follow basic hygiene measures to keep yourself and your co-workers from COVID-19. They are the most important way to stop the spread of infections.

Actions include:

  • Regular disinfecting of surfaces.
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising.
  • Not having sick people in the workplace.
  • Meeting physical distancing requirements.

Safety assurances

Under Alert Level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely.

For businesses operating as an essential service under Alert Level 4, a start up plan is not required. However, the controls they have in place need to continue once we transition to Alert Level 3.

You can find more about what you need to include in your safety plan on the Worksafe website.

Your COVID-19 safety plan – Worksafe   

Under Alert Level 3, businesses do not need to register with MPI.

Contact tracing and physical distancing

At Alert Levels 2, 3 and 4, businesses must take measures to allow contact tracing. This includes keeping track of all people (staff and customers) on workplaces. This guidance may change over time.

Businesses also need to be aware that physical distancing requirements in the workplace differ based on alert level:

  • Alert Level 1: no physical distancing requirement.
  • Alert Level 2: people should keep 1 metre apart
  • Alert Level 3: people should keep 1 metre in controlled environments such as workplaces. Otherwise 2 metres apart outside home where possible.
  • Alert Level 4: Businesses should strive for 2 metres of social distancing.

Physical distancing - COVID-19

Information on infection prevention and control advice in the community, including social distancing

Travelling to work places

At Alert Level 3 you can leave your house to go to work, but those who can work from home should do so. It is necessary to follow basic hygiene measures to keep yourself and your co-workers safe from COVID-19.

If a worker is sick with Covid-19

Businesses should ensure staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms do not work. Report the situation to the Healthline or local GP. Telephone – do not arrive in person.

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 is a source of information for businesses relating to essential services and on financial support available.


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

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