Coronavirus: basic rules

Read the rules that apply indoors and outdoors.

Most recently amended: Wednesday 21 July.

Basic rules for everyone

  • Experiencing symptoms? Stay at home and get tested.
  • Keep at a distance of 1.5 metres from each other, indoors and outdoors.
  • Wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air.

Face masks

The requirement to wear a face mask applies in situations where staying 1.5 apart is impossible:

  • on public transport
  • at stations and airports
  • in secondary schools

You can read about these rules on the National Government website.

COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act will enter into force. The Act lays down the existing measures in law. It also gives a parliament a bigger role in the approach to tackling the virus. The new law means some measures will change. You can read about this law on the National Government website.