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Covid-19 Essential Information

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Covid-19 update


Working in Auckland under Alert Level 3

Please note, if you are operating a plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying business that is outside of the Auckland region, but you regularly work within the Auckland Region, you now require an exemption to be able to travel through checkpoints to carry out your work.

Auckland Region

The Auckland region is everything in the Auckland Council Boundary –from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the South. You can find a copy of the Auckland Boundary Map here:

Businesses based within the Boundary

If your Plumbing, Gasfitting or Drainlaying business is within the Auckland boundary then you may continue to operate. However, you should make sure that you practice good hygiene, social distancing, and wear appropriate PPE. You should also ensure that you have a means of contract tracing operating that identifies where all staff work and who they come into contact with.

Businesses based outside boundary

Travel into, out of and through the Auckland Region is heavily restricted while the region is at Alert Level 3. Police are enforcing this at checkpoints and you will be asked why you are travelling.

Some plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying businesses are based outside the Auckland boundary but carry on a lot of their work within the Auckland boundary. This is especially so for those businesses that are situated very near to the boundary.

If you are outside the Auckland region but intend to operate your business within the Auckland region then you will need to apply to the Director-General of Health for permission to travel into and out of the Auckland Region.

Applying for an exemption

To apply for an exemption to travel into and out of Auckland you need to email:

You must include:

  • Your contact details
  • That the exemption is for business purposes
  • Who you want the exemption to cover, including the number of people or organisations
  • The reasons why you think the exemption is necessary
  • How the exemption promotes the purposes of the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 and the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Alert Levels 3 and 2) Order 2020.
  • What steps you will take to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
  • What the consequences are if an exemption is not granted.

When you apply you will be contacted when your application is received. Someone will also contact you with the outcome of the application.


The main points:

Update 11.50am - Wed 12 Aug

Construction Health & Safety New Zealand Trust has provided protocols for working at Alert Levels 2 & 3 on their website.

NZ Construction COVID Protocols
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