COVID-19 and working at the current alert level

Updated Wednesday, 7th October 2020. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Auckland joined the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is encouraging travellers to wear masks on public transport, as well as at stops, terminals and railway stations. “Please also remember to continue the good practices we have learned over recent months: Stay home and get tested if you’re sick, wash your hands frequently, and keep track of your movements with the NZ COVID Tracer app.”  See the COVID-19 website for more details. Construction businesses working under Alert Level 1 must follow health and safety protocols and guidance detailed below. These protocols will be regularly updated to reflect Government requirements for businesses.

The New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols provide ‘how to’ guidance which sit below the COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations. These protocols are live documents, 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 1 ProtocolsDownload Level 2 Protocols

Residential Construction Protocols

Download the Residential Construction Protocols (updated 25 August)

Download Level 1 ProtocolsDownload Level 2 Protocols

Display Home Protocols

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

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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)