Latest COVID alert levels

September 7, 2021 8:02 am

All of New Zealand outside Auckland are at Alert Level 2. Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until at least September 21.

Road Transport Association Chief Operating Officer Simon Carson says while Level 2 gives people some more freedom, he reminds people who are out and about to work to respect the restrictions in line with the government’s announcement. 

Rules for Level 2 — now referred to as Delta 2 — have been toughened up. Masks and scanning are now mandatory in more places, however everyone is encouraged to wear masks in public places and to scan in wherever they go.  Indoor hospitality venues are now limited to 50 people.  

Essential workers, including truck drivers, crossing Auckland’s boundary will be required to have a COVID-19 test every seven days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield say the requirements will help ensure COVID does not spread outside Auckland and will help New Zealand to eliminate the highly contagious Delta variant.

Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett has voiced his concerns over the decision. He says while the forum is not against testing, he is concerned at the lack of consultation and the logistics of the move.

Road Transport Association Chief Operating Officer Simon Carson says while Level 2 gives people some more freedom, he reminds people who are out and about to work to respect the restrictions in line with the government’s announcement.

For more details and links, see the Road Transport Forum’s COVID-19 page: