Traffic Lights

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) provides a guide to protecting one another, keeping our health system running well and businesses open.

Currently all of Aotearoa, except for Northland is in the ORANGE setting of the traffic light system.

We’ve provided a summary of the red and orange traffic light settings.

Life at Red (Whero)

• You must wear a face covering on flights, public transport, taxis, shops, education (Year 4+) and public venues (mandatory)

• You can visit public places like libraries and shops (with limits based on the size of venue) 

• Go to workplaces 

• Go to kura or wānanga (but with health measures in place) 

My Vaccine Pass allows you to go to the following with no limits:

• Cafes, restaurants and bars

• Gatherings like weddings and funerals, and gatherings at home

• Indoor and outdoor events

• Close-proximity businesses like your hairdresser

• The gym or other member- based businesses like dance or martial art studios.

• You can also attend tertiary education in person (capacity limits will apply based on venue sizes).

*Up to 100 people based on the size of the venue

• For gatherings at home, you can have up to 100 regardless of the size of the house.

Without my Vaccine Pass there are restrictions that apply:

•Contactless pickups only at cafes, restaurants and bars 

• Small gatherings up to 25 people, based on the size of the venue. If held at home, maximum of 25 people 

• Cannot attend indoor or outdoor events, like concerts

• Up to 25 people can attend outdoor community events with uncontrolled access

• Only distance learning for tertiary education.

Life at Orange (Kāraka)

• You must wear a face covering on flights public transport, taxis, shops and public venues 

• You can visit public places like libraries and shops (with limits based on the size of venue) 

• Go to workplaces 

• Go to kura or wānanga (but with health measures in place) 

My Vaccine Pass allows you to go to the following with no limits:

• Cafes, restaurants and bars 

• Gatherings like weddings and funerals, and gatherings at home 

• Close-proximity businesses like hairdressers 

• Gym or other places like dance or martial art studios 

Without my Vaccine Pass there are restrictions that apply:

•Contactless pickups only at cafes, restaurants and bars 

• Small gatherings up to 50 people, based on the size of the venue. If held at home, maximum of 50 people 

• Cannot attend other indoor or outdoor events 

• Outdoor community events with uncontrolled access have a maximum of 50 people 

• Cannot go to the gym or other places like dance or martial art studios 

• Cannot go to the hairdressers or other close-proximity businesses 

Marae Guidelines

This guidance outlines the minimum constraints on gatherings held at marae under the red and orange traffic light settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Marae will decide whether to allow gatherings or those that are unvaccinated on marae. Restrictions will apply depending on the vaccine status of individuals or roopu (groups), followed by hygiene and cleaning practices in line with the public health guidance.

Marae at Whero (Red)

  • Record keeping and/or tracer app scanning required
  • No restrictions on kai service – options like takeaway lunches or outside dining may be considered for unvaccinated groups
  • If you are serving or handling kai, you must wear a face covering
  • People working or volunteering must wear a face covering
  • Other rules around face coverings to be determined by marae

With Vaccine Pass the following applies:

Unexpected gatherings (e.g. tangihanga) 

• Up to 100 vaccinated people on marae at any one time (incl. whānau pani and ringawera etc.) 

• Multiple groups of up to 100 people can come through the marae as long as the previous group have left the marae complex and cleaning has been carried out using public health guidelines. 

Planned gatherings (e.g. wānanga, unveilings) 

• Up to 100 attendees. 

If Vaccine Pass is not used, restrictions apply:

Unexpected gatherings (e.g. tangihanga) 

• If marae allow, groups of up to 25 unvaccinated people can attend but must be in a separate session from fully vaccinated groups and be followed by cleaning using public health guidelines. 

Planned gatherings (e.g. wānanga, unveilings) 

• Up to 25 attendees. 

Marae at Kāraka (Orange)

  • Record keeping and/or tracer app scanning required
  • No restrictions on kai service – options like takeaway lunches or outside dining may be considered for unvaccinated groups
  • If you are serving or handling kai, you must wear a face covering
  • People working or volunteering must wear a face covering
  • Other rules around face coverings to be determined by marae

With Vaccine Pass the following applies:

Unexpected gatherings (e.g. tangihanga)

 Unexpected or planned gatherings 

• No limits on attendance.

If Vaccine Pass is not used, restrictions apply:

Unexpected gatherings (e.g. tangihanga) 

• If marae allow, groups of up to 50 unvaccinated people can attend but must be in a separate session from fully vaccinated groups and be followed by cleaning using public health guidelines. 

Planned gatherings (e.g. wānanga, unveilings) 

• Up to 50 attendees. 

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