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The Traffic Light System Explained | BuckettLaw

The Traffic Light System Explained

November 26th, 2021

Key Dates

29 November – Cabinet will confirm the decision to move Auckland and the rest of New Zealand into the new traffic light system.

2 December - At 11:59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the traffic light system. Auckland will move to Red. Settings for the rest of New Zealand are yet to be decided on.

15 December – People travelling out of Auckland will need to be fully vaccinated, or have a negative test 72 hours prior to departure, to leave Auckland and visit other parts of the country. This requirement will remain in place during the core summer period, until 17 January 2022. 

In the coming weeks, the Government will also announce further information about how testing, contact tracing, care in the community and social support will be provided for those who get COVID-19. Detailed individual sector guidance for the new traffic light system will also be released. 

 

About the new system

The traffic light system (also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework) brings us a world where we are freer to move and live with less disruption and offers the stability businesses need to plan for the future. It introduces a new traffic light system to manage COVID-19 in the community:

  • Green

  • Orange

  • Red

Green

Green is when there are some COVID-19 cases in the community, and sporadic imported cases. Community transmission will be limited and COVID-19 hospitalisations will be at a manageable level. The health system will be ready to respond, including primary care, public health, and hospitals.

How we stay safe at Green

  • Record keeping and scanning will be required.

  • Face coverings are mandatory on flights and encouraged indoors.

Where we can go at Green

  • Public facilities.

  • Retail.

  • Workplaces.

  • ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary providers.

  • Specified outdoor community events.

  • Regional boundary restrictions will not apply.

Places with vaccination certificate requirements

There will be no limits if vaccination certificates are used for:

  • hospitality

  • gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae

  • weddings and civil union ceremonies

  • funerals and tangihanga

  • events (indoor/outdoor)

  • close contact businesses (for example, hairdressers)

  • gyms.

Places where vaccination certificates are not used

If a business, organisation or service, does not request proof of vaccine, restrictions will apply.

  • Hospitality — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing, seated and separated.

  • Gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

  • Weddings and civil union ceremonies — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

  • Funerals and tangihanga — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

  • Events (indoor/outdoor) — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing, seated and separated.

  • Close contact businesses — face coverings for staff, 1 metre distancing between customers.

  • Gyms — up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing. 

Orange

At Orange, there will be increasing community transmission that is putting pressure on our health system. The whole of the health system will focus its resources, but can continue to manage primary care, public health, and hospitals. There may also be an increasing risk for at-risk people.

How we stay safe at Orange

  • Record keeping and scanning will be required.

  • Face coverings will be mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public venues, and encouraged elsewhere.

Where we can go at Orange

  • Public facilities will be open with capacity limits based on 1 metre distancing.

  • Retail will be open with capacity limits based on 1 metre distancing.

  • ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary providers, with public health measures in place.

  • Workplaces.

  • Specified outdoor community events.

  • Regional boundary restrictions will not apply.

Places with vaccination certificate requirements

There will be no limits if vaccination certificates are used at:

  • hospitality

  • gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae

  • weddings and civil union ceremonies

  • funerals and tangihanga

  • events (indoor/outdoor)

  • close contact businesses (for example hairdressers)

  • gyms.

Places where vaccination certificates are not used

If a business, organisation or service, does not request proof of vaccine, restrictions will apply.

  • Hospitality — contactless only.

  • Gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae — up to 50 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

  • Weddings and civil union ceremonies — up to 50 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

  • Funerals and tangihanga — up to 50 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing.

These places will not be able to operate without a vaccine certificate requirement:

  • events (indoor/outdoor)

  • gyms

  • close contact businesses (for example hairdressers).*

Red

At Red, action will need to be taken to protect both at-risk people and protect our health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations.

How we stay safe at Red

  • Record keeping and scanning will be required.

  • Face coverings will be mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public venues, and recommended whenever leaving the house.

Where we can go at Red

  • Public facilities — open with up to 100 people, based on 1 metre distancing.

  • Retail — open with capacity limits based on 1 metre distancing.

  • Workplaces — working from home encouraged.

  • ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary, with public health measures in place.

  • Specified outdoor community events — allowed with capacity limits.

  • Regional boundary restrictions may apply.

Places with vaccination certificate requirements

There will be restrictions if vaccination certificates are used.

These places will be able to open with up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing:

  • hospitality

  • gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae

  • weddings and civil union ceremonies

  • funerals and tangihanga

  • events (indoor/outdoor)

  • gyms.

These places will be able to open with other requirements:

  • close contact businesses with public health requirements in place

  • tertiary education — vaccines required for onsite delivery, with capacity based on 1 metre distancing.

Places where vaccination certificates are not used

If a business, organisation or service, does not request proof of vaccine, restrictions will apply.

  • Hospitality — contactless only.

  • Gatherings, such as at places of worship or marae — up to 10 people.

  • Weddings and civil union ceremonies — up to 10 people.

  • Funerals and tangihanga — up to 10 people.

  • Tertiary education — distance learning only.

These places will not be able to operate without a vaccine certificate requirement:

  • events (indoor and outdoor)

  • close contact businesses (for example hairdressers)

  • gyms.

 

Please contact Buckett Law for advice and assistance on how this effects you.

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