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COVID-19 Update from the New Zealand Government

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The COVID-19 Government Response team today sent out the following update on alert levels in Auckland.

AUCKLAND UPDATE Restrictions will be eased in Auckland when the region moves to Alert Level 3, Step 2 from 11:59 Tuesday night (9 November).

Auckland reached the vaccination milestone of 90% first doses and 80% second doses at the weekend, one of the considerations for the decision to move Auckland. The Alert Level 3 settings in Auckland and parts of the Waikato will next be reviewed on 15 November.


  1. Outdoor gathering numbers will increase to 25, with the two-household restriction removed. People should wear masks and physical distancing between household bubbles is strongly encouraged. 
  2. Retail and public facilities like museums can re-open, with customers required to wear a face-covering, scan-in and keep 2 metres physical distance from people outside their household bubble. People should check the facility’s website for opening hours, and reopening dates.


  1. Work from home where they can
  2. Wear a face covering whenever they leave the house
  3. Keep a record of wherever they go, preferably by scanning
  4. Get vaccinated if they haven’t already, or get a second shot if three weeks has passed since their first shot; and
  5. Get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild.

Auckland is on track to have 90% of people aged 12 and above vaccinated this month. It is therefore expected that Auckland will move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework following Cabinet’s check-in on 29 November. 


Upper Northland will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm on Thursday, 11 November.

There have been very high testing rates in the area, tripling in the last seven days, with between 10 to 15% of the population having had a test.

While there were additional cases today, these can be managed through ongoing contact tracing, testing and isolation.

People in upper Northland should continue to follow the Alert Level 3 rules by staying home, wearing a face covering when they leave the house, and keeping a record of wherever they go.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, should get tested. People should get vaccinated if they haven’t already or get a second shot if three weeks have passed since their dose. 


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