Hawke's Bay, NZ

Just as we were all starting to get our heads around the Alert Level Framework, along comes a new kid on the block – the Protection Framework.

This framework has been developed with the most effective parts of the Alert Level Framework that will already be familiar to you (e.g. mask use, QR code scanning, and social distancing), combined with new rules (e.g. use of Vaccine Passports).

Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce has put together an informative guide to help you better understand what the new Protection Framework means for you and your business.



What setting is my city/district moving to?

  • Hastings, Napier & Central Hawke’s Bay will move to Orange
  • Wairoa will move to Red.


What does the new framework mean for local businesses?

  • Businesses can choose whether or not to require customers to have My Vaccine Passes as a condition of entry.  For some businesses, this decision will affect the rules they must operate under.
  • If your business does require Vaccine Passes for entry, you must display posters advertising this requirement, see here for downloadable posters.
  • The requirements apply by activity. If your business carries out a number of different activities, you may need to apply different rules in different areas of your business. Check the requirements for each activity to be sure you are implementing the right rules for your business.


What does the Orange level mean?

Orange is used when there is transmission occurring in the community, applying pressure on our health system. There may be an increased risk for at-risk people.

General requirements at Orange:

  • Record keeping and scanning are required.
  • Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, retail, and public venues.

Detailed information about Life at Orange


What does the Red level mean?

Red is used where the health system is at risk of being burdened by an unsustainable level of hospitalisations.

General requirements at Red:

  • Record keeping and scanning are required.
  • Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, education (Year 4 and up, including tertiary), public venues, and encouraged elsewhere.

Detailed information about Life at Red


When does my business need to require Vaccine Passes?

Unless your industry is covered by a current mandate (e.g. health & disability sector, education, border, corrections, MIQ/isolation facility, aircrew) you have the option of choosing whether or not you will require vaccine passes as a condition of entry to your premises.

If you choose to require passes, all customers, visitors, and staff will be legally required to provide a Vaccine Pass.

If you choose not to require vaccine passes, you may need to readjust the way you do business. Many businesses will not be able to operate at all under Red setting, if vaccine passes are not used.

Protection Framework - Simplified
Protection Framework, Simplified. Image created by Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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