Building and Construction at COVID-19 Alert Level 4
Guidance on what work is deemed an Alert Level 4 business and service in the building, construction and maintenance sector.
The Construction Sector Accord urges employers to be responsible during Alert Level 4 and to show leadership on looking after their people and their customers. We want to see construction businesses supporting the letter and the spirit of the law, which is about keeping people safe.
Non-urgent work must wait
Building, construction and maintenance services may be able to operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions if they meet the Government criteria for Alert Level 4 businesses and services. If your work does not meet the criteria or you're unsure if it does, you should defer the work to when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Any work that can be delayed, should be delayed, to minimise the risk of person to person transmission of COVID-19.
It is the responsibility of all businesses in New Zealand to check whether they meet the criteria for operating at Alert Level 4. There is useful guidance on the webpage above with examples of the type of work that would meet the criteria, but MBIE cannot make these decisions on behalf of businesses.
Health and safety at Level 4
Health and safety of workers remains paramount during Alert Level 4. The Delta variant is more transmissible than previous forms of the virus, therefore guidelines are more stringent than previous lockdowns. Employers should limit the number of people on site so everyone can safely stay 2 metres apart. The updated Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) health and safety protocols reflect this, and provide detail the additional precautions that should be taken by workers. The CHASNZ guidance also calls out the importance of getting staff vaccinated, and ensuring that staff have time-off to receive their vaccines.
Read the updated CHASNZ protocols(external link) - chasnz.org
Contracts at Level 4
The Accord has published guidance for the construction sector in the COVID-19 environment. The Accord encourages open and transparent dialogue between clients and their supply chain partners to try and achieve the best outcome for the project. For practical tips on doing so, see the Accord's recently published COVID-19 Construction Risk Management guidance.
Where to go for more information
Building specific queries
- For COVID-19 guidance specific to the building and construction sector, including information on essential services, visit COVID-19: Building and construction sector guidance(external link) - building.govt.nz
- Any questions relating to the building and construction sector can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For MATES in Construction Mental Health services, people can contact 0800 111 315 or visit mates.net.nz(external link). Anybody who needs mental health or addiction support, should call or text 1737, anytime, free to talk to a trained counsellor.
Working during COVID-19 Level 4
- Health and Safety protocols at different alert levels(external link) - chasnz.org
- The Unite against COVID-19 website has information about doing business, who can work and who can have customers on their premises. Read about doing business at Alert Level 4(external link)
- business.govt.nz has information about workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels, including a list of essential consumer products. Read about Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels(external link)
- For businesses and individuals wanting more information on essential businesses, call 0800 424 946 or email AL4businessservices@mbie.govt.nz.
Other contacts during COVID-19 Level 4
- Questions about the enforcement of businesses to comply with the essential services definitions should be directed to NZ Police.
- Questions about the enforcement of health and safety practices at work in Level 4 settings should be directed to WorkSafe NZ.
- For general information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, visit Unite against COVID-19(external link).
- Any questions and concerns relating to COVID-19, can be directed to the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week).