The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. On this page, we have key information and links for where to go for COVID-19 advice.
All of Aotearoa New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test. Staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.
Face coverings are still recommended on public transport and when you can't maintain physical distance from people you do not know, eg, in supermarkets. Read more about wearing a face covering.
It's also still important at all levels to follow basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and maintaining physical distancing.
The Government is encouraging everyone to use the COVID Tracer app to help you keep track of where you've been. You can download it here. If you don't have a smartphone, you can use this booklet to keep track of your movements.
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and 14-day managed isolation or quarantine.
These requirements are all to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Find out more about life at Alert Level 1.
See more COVID-19 outbreak topics or learn more about COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it.
Where to go for COVID-19 advice
The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. The NZ Government has created a Unite against COVID-19 website for all your COVID-19 questions, including those that are not health-related. They have translated resources available here. You can also follow Unite against COVID-19 on Facebook and get regular email updates by subscribing here.
Do I need to get tested (swabbed) for COVID-19?
If you're sick, get tested. If you are offered a test, please say yes.
Call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor, or visit a testing station to get a test if you:
Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold or loss of smell, with or without fever. However, some people may only have these symptoms: fever, diarrhoea (runny poos), headache, myalgia (muscle aches and pains), nausea/vomiting or confusion/irritability.
Need an interpreter or information in another language?
See also translations on the Unite against Covid site, and the Ministry of Health's easy to read resources translated by the Red Cross into other languages and the Northern Region DHBs and Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website with health-related information and advice on COVID-19 in more 45 languages. Find your language and click to see translated resources and/or helpful regional websites here.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
The Government has set up a number of community testing centres to provide safe places to get tested (swabbed) for COVID-19. Covid-19 tests are free. Read more about community testing centres. You can also contact your doctor as many also offer testing.
Resources for Māori
COVID-19 has the potential to have a serious impact on Māori, so Māori need access to tailored and relevant information, resources and practical guidance and advice on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Pasifika communities
Prepare Pacific is a website that has been set up to help get information out to Pasifika communities to help in the battle against Coronavirus.
Learn more about COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it.
Unite against COVID-19 NZ Government, 2020
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Ministry of Health, NZ
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak World Health Organization
Easy to read information about COVID-19 Ministry of Health, NZ
Translated information about COVID-19 NZ Government, 2020