Level 1 information

Information last updated 7 September 2020 

Alert Level 1 guidance

For the most part Alert Level 1 is very much a return to business as usual for you with good hygiene practices, with people who are unwell staying away remaining a priority. 

Under Alert Level 1:

  •  Indoor minimum temperature returns to 16 degrees Celsius although 18 degrees is recommended where practical.
  •  No restrictions on personal movement, so all children and staff continue to be safe to go to their service
  • No requirement to keep a contact tracing register – continue to display your QR code and encourage members and visitors to use this as well as signing in via the tablet
  •  Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  •  No restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

Centres should also:

  •  Ask people to stay home when unwell (and to phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP to get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  •  Regularly wash and dry hands, and follow good cleaning and hygiene practices
  •  Encourage good sneeze/cough etiquette
  •  Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.


At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

You can find further Ministry of Education guidance and licensing information here – Health and safety in licensed early learning services and kōhanga reo COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR ALERT LEVELS 1 – 4