COVID-19 and working at the current alert level

Update Friday 14 August: Alert Level 3 has been extended in Auckland until 11:59pm Wednesday 26 August. Alert Level 2 has been extended until 11:59pm Wednesday 26 August. Construction businesses can continue working under Alert Levels 2 & 3 - however they must follow health and safety protocols and guidance detailed below. These protocols will be updated to reflect current understanding of government requirements for business.

Inter-regional travel:
Travel into, out of, and through Auckland is heavily restricted while the city is at Alert Level 3. You can only travel if you are returning to your primary residence - not to a bach or holiday home. This means you should not be travelling into, out of, or through Auckland for construction work or business purposes. Those who wish to request an exemption should contact Ministry of Health at:

Read the full statement here.

The New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols provide a ‘how to’ guidance which sit below the COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations. These protocols are a living document which will be kept updated by a working party of health and safety practitioners from across industry and can be adapted on a site by site basis.

Download the latest standards document

Vertical and Horizontal Protocols

Download Protocols for Vertical (Commercial) and Horizontal (Civil) Construction
(updated 13 August)

Download Level 2 ProtocolsDownload Level 3 Protocols

Residential Construction Protocols

Download the Residential Construction Protocols

Download Level 2 ProtocolsDownload Level 3 Protocols

Display Home Protocols

Download the protocols relating to Residential Construction Display Home and Selection Centre Limited Operation

Download Level 2 ProtocolsDownload Level 3 Protocols

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Tools and Resources

These useful resources outline standards and protocols for health & safety standards across all COVID-19 Alert Levels

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Mental Health

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Where to get help?

Registered Master Builders Association

Free Phone: 0800 762 328

Master Plumbers

Free Phone: 0800 502 102

New Zealand Certified Builders Association

Free Phone: 0800 237 843

Civil Contractors New Zealand

Mobile: 021 786 479


Free Phone: 0800 CHASNZ (242 769)