Businesses at Alert Level 3

23 April 2020

  • Food businesses wanting to get up and running again in Alert Level 3 must take steps to ensure food is safe and suitable, and requirements are being met.
  • The Ministry for Primary Industries has provided advice for food businesses wanting to reopen in Alert Level 3. It includes guidance on making changes to the Food Act 2014, a Food Business Checklist and a summary of safe work practices. See more here.
  • A wide range of new content has been added to the website regarding workplace restrictions at different alert levels.
  • Worksafe has provided  “Transitioning from Alert Level 4” advice including the necessary health and safety requirements for businesses. Visit here for more information.

Online business

Development West Coast is working with EPIC Westport and Tai Poutini Polytechnic to create a directory of businesses operating online during Alert Level 3. They can also offer support for businesses to set up a website and offer online sales.

Contact Development West Coast on or visit their website for more information.

Golden Rules to Make Your Business Covid-19 Safe

  1. If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
  2. Your staff should work from home if they can.
  3. Customers cannot come onto your premises. Unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service
  4. Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
  5. Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
  6. If you used PPE in your business before COVID-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before COVID-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff. Visit for more advice.
  7. You must meet all other health and safety obligations.

Find out more at Covid19

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Businesses at Alert Level 3