This update shares key information about the Government’s response to COVID-19. It is intended to provide consistent information across central government, local government, CDEM and its key partners. You are welcome to share this update with others.

Key things to note:
• Aotearoa New Zealand is in the second phase of the Omicron plan.
• Changes to case notification and reporting are now updated.
• Hardship assistance for low income workers extended through to 30 June.

Phase 2 and Omicron plan update
• The key features of the next phase of the Government’s Omicron response are below, with updated links to the Ministry of Health website:
-a reduction in isolation periods required for cases and household contacts (down to 10 days) and other close contacts (down to 7 days); COVID-19: Information for Close Contacts | Ministry of Health NZ
-the use of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to allow critical workers who are close contacts of a case to be able to go to work if they test negative; Rapid antigen testing | Ministry of Health NZ
-a greater use of digital tools to support cases and contacts; Advice for people with COVID-19 | Ministry of Health NZ

Extension of hardship assistance
• Hardship assistance for low income workers extended through to 30 June, where the increased income limits mean single people 18 years and over, earning under $800 a week, or couples earning under $1600 a week may be eligible for assistance.
• This extra support will help cover food and essential items for people in need, and supports the Government’s COVID-19 response by providing people with more options for support if they need to self-isolate.
• More information is available here: Government Further Extends Hardship Assistance for Low Income Workers | Beehive.govt.nz

Information in other languages and alternate formats
• You can find a wide variety of COVID-19 information in 27 languages and 4 alternate formats on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Key information includes:
COVID-19 Our Isolation Plan
-Getting your booster dose
-Support for if you get COVID-19
-Support for individuals and families
-We will continue to update our translated information as the situation develops.