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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Work to develop comprehensive sector guidance for the COVID-19 Protection Framework, known as the traffic lights, is entering the final stages ahead of New Zealand’s transition on Friday 3 December. 

The COVID-19 Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) has been leading cross-agency coordination over the past few weeks to make sure detailed, practical guidance, informed by public health advice, is developed for sectors and that important changes are consulted on. 

This includes guidance for business and sectors such as transport, education, sport, and local government. As part of the transition, sectors are working through the information and advice that their key audiences and stakeholders need, so that the move into the new framework is made easier for everyone. 

The shift will ultimately provide more certainty and more freedoms for all of us, while ensuring communities at higher risk are protected from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Following cross-sector engagement and detailed work developing guidance for the framework colour settings, updates have been made including 2 key updates for the Red setting: 

  • There will no longer be a cap of 100 people who can visit a public facility at Red at any one time (this includes zoos, museums, public swimming pools and libraries). Instead, the capacity limit will be based on the number of people who can visit based on 1m physical distancing. 
  • Gathering limits at Red, including outdoor and indoor gatherings, have been increased from 10 people to 25 people where My Vaccine Passes are not used. The limit where Vaccine Passes are used is still 100 people. 

Gatherings include those held at home, weddings, funerals and tangihanga, marae, social sports and places of worship. 

Further information about the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)

Guidance for business under the framework is available at (external link)

Information for transport operators is available at (external link)

As detailed sector guidance is finalised, agencies and organisations will be updating their websites and providing information and advice to their stakeholders.