New Zealand shifted to Alert Level 4

NZ shifted to Alert Level 4 at midnight, August 18th. Essentially the country is in lockdown. Alert Level 4 is expected to continue for a minimum of 4 weeks at this stage.

Under Alert Level 4 all non-essential businesses must close. This includes bars, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds.
Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.

View list of essential businesses

If you are unsure if your business is an essential service, you can ring 0508 377 388 or email


  • People are instructed to stay at home.
  • People must work from home so contact with others is limited.
  • All non-essential businesses must close.
  • From midnight Wednesday, all businesses which provide takeaway services must close their doors.
  • All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed.
  • Schools will be closed from Tuesday except to the children of essential services such as doctors, police and ambulance drivers. This will give them time to plan.
  • Schools will close entirely from midnight Wednesday.
  • Public transport will begin to transition. It will remain for essential workers and transporting freight.