Government has announced some key changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, or Traffic Light System.

From 11.59pm on 25 March:

  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities, such as gatherings and events, and food and drink businesses
  • The limit for indoor gatherings and events is increased to 200 people — Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4 April
  • If Vaccine Passes are not used, the gathering limits remain unchanged
  • People do not need to wear a face mask outdoors
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings
  • People will no longer need to scan in
  • Business will no longer need to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

From 11.59pm on 4 April:

  • Vaccine passes will no longer be required
  • 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 and border workers.

Aotearoa New Zealand remains at the Red Traffic Light setting.

More details are available at

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