From 6am Sunday 28 February, Auckland has moved to Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to Level 2

Operating at Level 3 and Level 2

Click on the links at the bottom of this page for detailed guidance for Level 3 and Level 2.


Covid-19 financial support for businesses

There is some new support available for businesses in both Level 3 and Level 2.

COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment

A new COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment is now available. It’s to help businesses keep paying eligible workers who:

  • cannot work from home, and
  • need to miss work to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).

There’s a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker.

It will also be available to self-employed workers.

Parents or caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents who are staying at home awaiting a test result will also be eligible. 

COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

Resurgence Support Payment

A Resurgence Support Payment will also be available from 23 February 2021 for eligible businesses throughout New Zealand, if there's a move to Alert Level 2 or above for 7 or more consecutive days. This one-off payment is to help businesses affected by the Alert Level upgrade with wages and fixed costs.  Businesses can apply through myIR from Tuesday 23 February.

Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme continues to be available.
The payment rates are:

  • $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate)
  • $350 for people working less than 20 hours per week (part-time rate)

The Leave Support Scheme is for employees and self-employed people who meet certain health criteria (for example workers who are sick with COVID-19 or meet the other eligibility criteria).

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

The Wage Subsidy Scheme will be in place if there is an escalation to Alert Levels 3 or 4 anywhere in New Zealand, for 7 days or more.
Payment rates will be:

  • $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate)
  • $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week (part-time rate)

Support will be provided in two-weekly payments and total support will match the duration at Alert Level 3 or 4 rounded to the nearest fortnight. As with the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy paid earlier this year, the payment is to support employers (or self-employed people) to pay their employees.