Masks or face coverings should be worn in COVID-19 Alert Levels 2 and above in any situation where it is not possible to practice physical distancing (for example, in shops, or in any crowded environment).
As of Monday 31 August 2020, face masks or face coverings are now mandatory on all public transport in New Zealand in Alert Levels 2 and above. Read more here
COVID-19 Alert Level 1 - You will not need to wear a mask because there is no evidence of community transmission.
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 - You should wear a mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible. Face masks are mandatory on all public transport.
COVID-19 Alert Level 3 - It is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you are out in public. This is because the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher, and there is a risk that it is not contained.
COVID-19 Alert Level 4 - It is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you are out in public – however unless you are delivering or accessing essential services, there will be very limited freedom of movement in public places. You should stay at home as much as possible.
There are different face masks and coverings available:
Face masks for the general public don’t need to be medical grade. Homemade, fabric, reusable and disposable masks) are all suitable.
However, for those people most at risk of severe health impacts from COVID-19, higher quality masks are recommended if leaving your home. For people who are high risk, staying at home is still the best way to protect yourself.
Respiratory patients most at risk from severe health impacts from COVID-19 are those with uncontrolled or pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as chronic lung disease, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema, and people who have severe asthma which needs multiple medications and medical care.
For more information on the use of face masks or face coverings, visit the New Zealand COVID-19 website here