The Government is advising that the general rule for Alert Level 2 is to play it safe.
This means that if you are feeling sick you should stay home. Do not go to work or school feeling unwell. Do not socialise, and if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 you should avoid using public transport when travelling to a medical appointment.
Under Alert Level 2, the Government says you can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way. This means:
Public transport will continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements in place. Per Government advice, it is recommended that you maintain physical distancing from people you don’t know while on public transport and please scan the Ministry of Health’s NZ COVID Tracer app QR code.
Face coverings are mandatory on public transport, and the Government says to consider wearing a face covering under Alert Level 2 when you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know elsewhere.
“I want to thank Aucklanders for their efforts over the last few days. I know it hasn’t been easy,” says Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
“However, a short sharp lockdown was necessary to hit this outbreak on the head. We are not fully out of the woods yet, so we need to be cautious. The vital thing now is for people to keep following the rules: wear a mask on public transport, continue scanning the QR codes and get tested if you are feeling unwell.”
Fares will continue to be charged during Alert Level 2. Cash will not be accepted on public transport. Customers must tag on/off with their AT HOP card and we strongly recommend that you register your AT HOP card to help with contact tracing should it be required. This will also allow us to monitor passenger numbers and make fast adjustments to services if required due to changes in demand.
Those travelling on public transport should still avoid peak times unless it is necessary. This is to further ensure that safe physical distancing between staff and customers can be maintained. AT’s customer service centres remain open, and customers can plan their journey ahead with the AT Mobile app or the journey planner on our website.
AT has taken numerous measures to help keep customers safe on our network and maintain effective and safe public transport services for our customers, these include:
In addition, parking in AT buildings and on-street will continue as will the enforcement of parking restrictions, bus lanes and other special vehicle lanes.
Parking and transport compliance staff will also be assisting authorities by monitoring physical distancing behaviour across our network and assisting essential healthcare and community testing facilities with any transport related issues.
e-scooters and e-bike rentals
Shared micromobility schemes such as e-scooters and e-bike rentals can return under Alert Level 2 provided they meet the physical distancing guidelines and other public health guidance (including cleaning guidelines), as per Government advice.
Work sites will continue to operate under strict Health and Safety protocols based on Ministry of Health Guidance and industry best practice. These measures will continue to include: physical distancing, compulsory PPE, hygiene practices, recording site entry and exit and separating teams into zones on our larger sites.
Inductions for new project staff and compulsory COVID 19 education and training will be part of ongoing site protocols while in Alert Level 2, plus any new restarted work will require contractors to submit COVID-19 Health and Safety plans and protocols to demonstrate a safe working environment.
Contacting Auckland Transport
Engagement (both informing and consulting communities on upcoming projects) will continue under Alert Level 2 except for the following channels:
Instead of face-to-face communication, AT will engage via channels such as telephone calls, teleconference calls, e-mail and webcasts.
All AT offices will open at Alert Level 2. During Alert Level 2 external visitors are not encouraged to come into our offices unless absolutely essential. Any visitor that does enter an AT office will be asked to register their full contact details at reception areas and will be expected to comply with physical distancing measures that will be in place.
Be mindful that the Government’s advice continues to be that the best defence against COVID-19 is to limit our interactions with others and practice good hygiene.
We know this is once again a challenging time for us all. We ask that people be understanding and patient of everyone else who is in the same situation.
The best place to find the latest information about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is on the Government’s COVID-19 website.
Mayor Goff welcomes move to Alert Level 2 from Thursday
“I want to thank Aucklanders for their efforts over the last few days. I know it has not been easy.
“However, today’s cases show us a short sharp lockdown was necessary to hit this outbreak on the head. We are not fully out of the woods yet, so we need to be cautious.
“The vital thing now is for people to continue scanning their QR codes and get tested if they are feeling unwell.
The Mayor said even with the move to Level 2, the last three days had put Auckland businesses under pressure.
“This is the third time Auckland has been at level three in less than 12 months and the cumulative impact on businesses is real. We need to ensure there is flexibility from the government to help those businesses most affected by even relatively short periods at Level 3, as well as those that are most impacted by Level 2 restrictions.”