COVID-19 Protection Framework information (Traffic light system)

The next stage of the COVID-19 response is the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) which replaces the alert levels we have been previously operating under.

The purpose of the framework is to continue to protect our community, while also providing more certainty and new opportunities. It minimises the impact of COVID-19 through 3 settings — Red, Orange and Green.

These regions will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework as at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December.

All of the Auckland and Northland regions, and the following Territorial Local Authorities will move to Red:

  • Taupo and Rotorua Lakes
  • Kawerau, Whakatane, Opotiki
  • Gisborne
  • Wairoa
  • Rangitikei, Whanganui, Ruapehu
  •  All other regions will move to Orange. 

On Monday 13 December, cabinet will review the settings and provide an update on any changes. After that, there won’t be another update until January 17, then they will continue on a fortnightly basis.

Here is a map created by Harkanwal Singh to visually show the boundaries between these regions.