This update (23 March) shares key information about the Government’s response to COVID-19.  

Fact sheet for people with disabilities

Fact sheet for the aged care sector

Key things to note:

  • All of New Zealand currently remains at the Red setting.
  • From 11:59 pm on Friday 25 March 2022, the traffic light system is changing.
  • Changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, known as the traffic light system, were announced today.
  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework is being kept in place.
  • My Vaccine Pass will no longer be required.
  • QR Codes and mandatory record-keeping will no longer be required.
  • From 11:59 pm on 4 April 2022, some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.
  • A review of the colour settings will take place on 4 April. 
  • There are 19,649 new cases in the community and 43 new cases identified at the border.
  • A total of 11 deaths were reported today.

Update on Changes to COVID-19 settings

  • New Zealand’s successful management of the Omicron outbreak and high rates of vaccination mean it’s now safe to ease the restrictions that have successfully prevented widespread health and economic damage.
  • The focus now is to make life simpler and closer to normal but retain the things that are most effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting people.
  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework will be simpler.  It will help us manage life with Omicron while reducing the impact of future outbreaks.

Changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework will come into place from 11:59 pm this Friday 25 March.  Changes to different colour settings include:

 Red Setting

  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities, such as gatherings and events, and food and drink businesses.  My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59 pm on 4 April
  • 200-person limit for indoor gatherings and events with My Vaccine Pass.
  • Masks still required in most indoor settings, but not outdoors.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Orange Setting

  • No limit for outdoor gatherings.
  • No limit for indoor gatherings.
  • Face masks required in most indoor settings, but not outdoors.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Green Setting

  • No restrictions.
  • People are encouraged to wear face masks and keep up good health behaviours.
  • No requirement to scan a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

  • The COVID-19 Protection Framework – or traffic light system remains in place in order to offer ongoing protection in the event of a new variant or in case of future surges cases.
  • From 11:59 pm Monday 4 April, My Vaccine Passes will no longer be required.
  • There will be some businesses, events or venues which may still wish to use them, and they can do so if they wish.
  • Should there be a new variant or a change in circumstances, they may be needed again.
  • From 11:59 pm this Friday 25 March scanning will no longer be required.
  • Businesses and locations will no longer need to display QR code posters or have mandatory record-keeping systems and processes in place.
  • People are encouraged not to remove the COVID-19 tracer app from their phone just yet.
  • From 11:59 pm on 4 April 2022, some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.
  • Workers that will still be covered by a government vaccine mandate include:
  • Health and disability sector workers
  • Prison staff
  • Border and MIQ workers
  • Vaccine mandates remain in place for these sectors because workers in these areas have a high level of contact with people at risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.  For border workers, there is a high risk of exposure to new variants.
  • Businesses will be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements if appropriate to the workforce.
  • A review of the colour settings will take place on 4 April.