Information for Parents/Caregivers and Students

We are currently at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

If you're sick

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.

What to do if you’re sick
  • Get a test if you have symptoms
  • 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.

Maintain good hygiene

Keep up good hand washing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Keep surfaces clean.

Face coverings help keep you and others safe

  • Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • We encourage you to use face coverings on public transport and when you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know, for example in supermarkets
  • Be prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.

Wearing face coverings when travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 2 region on public transport

You do not have to wear face coverings at Alert Level 1. However, you legally must wear a face covering if you are travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 2 region on public transport or aircraft.

Keep your distance

COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

NZ COVID Tracer app
The ability to quickly trace close contacts of a confirmed case is a key defence against further transmission of COVID-19. We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that