COVID-19 requirements were all removed on 15 August, 2023. You do not have to isolate for seven days if you have COVID-19, or wear a face mask in healthcare facilities.
The decision to remove the remaining requirements does not mean COVID-19 has disappeared. COVID-19 remains active in the community, and it can make people sick if they catch it.
People who test positive for COVID-19 are recommended to isolate for five days and stay home until they have recovered.
There is no legal requirement for people to isolate when they test positive for COVID-19. However, employers should support employees to isolate in line with health guidance.
Employment New Zealand has guidance for employers and businesses around COVID-19 and the workplace.
COVID-19 and the workplace(external link) — Employment New Zealand
For most workplaces, COVID-19 is not a risk arising from their work that needs to be managed from a health and safety perspective. It is now like other community-based infectious illnesses that can impact workers and their work.
WorkSafe has guidance for businesses.
Financial support is available to help you and your business to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
Eligibility for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme ended on 15 August 2023, when the requirement to self-isolate ended.
The Small Business Cash Flow Loan Scheme remains open for applications until 31 December 2023.
It’s recommended that you wear a face mask when visiting healthcare facilities. You’re encouraged to wear one when you are in closed, crowded and confined spaces.
Detailed information on mask wearing recommendations is on the Unite against COVID-19 website.
Wearing a face mask(external link) — Unite against COVID-19