On 29 November 2021, the Government announced New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic lights system, on 3 December.

At all levels

  • Signage must be displayed in a prominent place near the main entrance of the premises indicating whether customers and/or workers do or do not require a My Vaccine Pass. Workers should also have a clear understanding of My Vaccine Pass requirements.
  • Vaccination for all workers is required. Only one dose will be required for workers up until the 17 January 2022. For information on worker vaccination requirements, please see the Employment New Zealand website here.
  • Workplaces must display NZ COVID tracing app QR codes, but vehicles are not required to do this. Workplaces must also undertake record keeping for contact tracing purposes (i.e. all those in this part of the workplace must scan QR tracer codes, or other record keeping must be used). In-home services must keep contact records for their workers.

You can find guidance for close contact businesses here.

You can find out more information about the Covid-19 Protection Framework here.

It is HITO’s expectation that all employers and apprentices follow the government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Any specific questions regarding these requirements should be directed to Employment New Zealand.

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