See what to consider and the steps to take if you or one of your workers test positive for COVID-19.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must get a test. If you or one of your employees starts showing symptoms, stay home and take a rapid antigen test (RAT).
RATs are available for free as part of the public health response.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and get tested. If your RAT result is negative but your symptoms continue or worsen, it is recommended that you continue to stay at home and take a further test 48 hours later.
If you or one of your employees test positive for COVID-19, you’ll need to isolate for seven days after your symptoms first occurred, or for seven days after receiving your positive test result, whichever ends first. However, if a person is isolating and still has symptoms after seven days, they are advised to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.
From 11.59pm 12 September household contacts are no longer required to isolate but are recommended to test daily for five days. If they test positive, they must self-isolate for seven days.
Most people with COVID-19, especially those who are double vaccinated and boosted, are likely to have a mild to moderate illness and will be able to recover at home. The Ministry of Health has information on how to look after yourself if you have COVID-19, isolating at home, and the help and resources that are available.
There are various COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation.
The COVID-19 Support Payment and the Short-Term Absence Payment have closed.
If you have a business continuity plan for dealing with COVID-19 cases at your businesses, put it in action. It could include things like:
There are resources and support available to help you and your employees look after your mental health and wellbeing during this stressful time.
The Ministry of Health has the latest health, vaccination and isolation advice and guidance during the COVID-19 response.
Unite against COVID-19 has the latest information about what the general public needs to know about COVID-19.