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from 11.59pm on friday 25 march 2022 the traffic light system is changing

Changes to the traffic light system:

Aotearoas efforts to manage the Omicron outbreak and the high rates of vaccination mean restrictions will now be easing. The focus now is to make life simpler and more normal while retaining the things that are most effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting people. The COVID-19 Protection Framework will be simpler.  It aims to help us manage life with Omicron while reducing the impact of future outbreaks.

  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework is being kept in place. The COVID-19 Protection Framework – or traffic light system remains in place in order to offer ongoing protection in the event of a new variant or in case of future surges cases.
  • My Vaccine Passes will no longer be required.
  • QR Codes and mandatory record keeping will no longer be required.
  • Some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.  

when changes to the covid-19 settings come in to effect:

  • From 11:59pm Monday 4 April, My Vaccine Passes will no longer be required.
    • There will be some business, events or venues which may still wish to use them, and they can do so if they wish.
    • Should there be a new variant or a change in circumstances, they may be needed again.
  • From 11:59pm this Friday 25 March scanning will no longer be required.
    • Businesses and locations will no longer need to display QR code posters or have mandatory record keeping systems and processes in place.
    • People are encouraged not to remove the COVID-19 tracer app from their phone just yet.
  • From 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.
  • Workers that will still be covered by a government vaccine mandate include:
    • Health and disability sector worker
    • Prison staff
    • Border and MIQ workers
  • Vaccine mandates remain in place for these sectors because workers in these areas have a high level of contact with people at risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.  For border workers, there is a high risk of exposure to new variants.
  • Businesses will be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements if appropriate to the workforce.
  • All of New Zealand currently remains at the Red setting, with a review on 4th April.

Life at Red

  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities, such as gatherings and events, and food and drink businesses. My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4 April.
  • 200-person limit for indoor gatherings and events with My Vaccine Pass.
  • Masks still required in most indoor settings, but not outdoors.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

LIFe at orange

  • No limit for outdoor gatherings.
  • No limit for indoor gatherings.
  • Face masks required in most indoor settings, but not outdoors.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Green Setting 

  • No restrictions.
  • People are encouraged to wear face masks and keep up good health behaviours.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Download a Changes to the Traffic Lights poster here.


THE GOLDEN RULES

These are the Prevention and Precautionary rules that have been invented to combat COVID. The more time we spend with it, the further our knowledge evolves.

  • Hygiene
  • Social distancing
  • Staying home if sick
  • Mask wearing
  • Sneezing in your elbow
  • Air ventilation
  • Track and Trace movements
  • Keeping to gathering numbers
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