Alert level 2 information for the building and construction sector

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During COVID-19 Alert Level 2, most work can be carried out in the building and construction sector but physical distancing still remains in place.

On 11 May the Government announced New Zealand will be moving into COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May.

Unlike the shift from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3, there aren’t any major changes for the building and construction sector between Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2. Businesses and worksites will still need to have a COVID-19 control plan in place and ensure they are following public health requirements.

Meeting health and safety and physical distancing requirements

To operate under Alert Level 2, businesses must have a COVID-19 control plan in place to protect employees and customers. Read more information about health and safety requirements.

Construction and trade sector information

At Alert Level 2, most work is permitted for the Building and Construction sector, provided a COVID-19 control plan is in place. Inter-regional travel is also permitted. Read more about the construction and trade sector under level 2.

Retailer and supplier information

At Alert Level 2, retailers and suppliers can re-open storefronts to sell building and construction goods to all customers. Read more about retailers and suppliers under level 2.

Council and professional services information

At Alert Level 2, councils and professional services can perform their usual functions with appropriate public health requirements in place. Read more about councils and professional services under level 2.

Home and building owner and tenant information

At Alert Level 2, home and building owners and tenants may carry out DIY repairs and maintenance, go to a hardware shop and hire a tradesperson. Read more about how owners and tenants can comply with level 2.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: