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Our response to COVID-19

Updated 27 March 2020

Update 26 March: New Zealand is now at COVID Alert Level 4 - Eliminate. We are now in self-isolation as a nation, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. If you are not part of essential services, stay home and stop interactions with those outside your household.

Visit covid19.govt.nz for the the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus, including the alert levels, health, travel, education, business and community issues.

We know people are feeling anxious about COVID-19. While the situation is serious, New Zealand has a world-class health system and we’re well-prepared to keep New Zealanders safe.

Click here to find out what we're doing to support businesses, workers, and the New Zealand economy.

Click here for a rundown of the latest developments from the week, including press conferences, Facebook lives and more from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Government are making tough decisions to make sure we can contain the virus by going hard and going early. The situation here in NZ is moving fast and so must we to avoid what we’ve seen overseas.

Everyone has a responsibility to help get us through this.

We have a window of opportunity to ensure that our health system is not inundated, risking tens of thousands of lives. We can stop the spread most effectively by staying at home and reducing contact with others. We need to make sure we continue to do what New Zealanders do best: look out for one another, check in on people who may be at risk, and unite against COVID-19.

If you are concerned about coronavirus, you can phone Healthline’s free dedicated COVID-19 number at 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS), for health advice and information.

We’ve announced the most significant peace-time economic plan for New Zealand to help us weather the impact of COVID-19. This package is designed to keep Kiwis healthy, keep Kiwis in work, keep Kiwi businesses going, and position our country for recovery. Click here for more details.