Advice to Members Monday 15 February 15 Feb 2021 Advice to Members Monday 15 FebruaryNew Zealand has changed alert levels, Auckland to Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to Level 2, following three positive cases of COVID-19 in the community. For all official government information about this development see here.The Auckland region is now in Alert Level 3 until midnight Wednesday 17th February. Alert Level 3 means stay home, business must be contactless, travel is restricted, and schools are closed (except for children of essential workers). The geographic boundary is that of the Auckland Super City. At Alert Level 3, some businesses and services can operate under the required public health measures, but there are restrictions on the businesses that can operate with customers on their premises. For more see here. In December 2020 the settings for businesses and services at Alert Level 3 were updated to:Provide that contactless pick-up be permitted to take place within malls, outside individual stores rather than outside the mall itself; andAllow butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers to operate on the same basis as supermarkets and dairies – i.e. with customers on their premises.The rest of New Zealand is now in Alert Level 2 until midnight on Wednesday 17th February. Social distancing measures apply. Mass gatherings are limited to 100 people. All other guidance about Level 2 applies. Mask use is required on public transport, and encouraged in public places.For businesses operating at Alert Level 2 here’s some further information.Finally, here is a list of places that were visited in Auckland and in Taranaki that are of interest. There is health advice alongside each of the locations. If you or your staff are required to isolate, there is financial assistance available. The Short Term Absence Payment and Leave Support Payment is available, see more details here.