COVID-19 updates

Keep up to date with news about COVID-19

Changes to COVID-19 protection measures

13 September 2022

The Government has announced the removal of the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) from 11:59pm Monday 12 September.

Rapid antigen testing for business

2 December 2021

The Ministry of Health has released new guidance on the use of rapid antigen testing (RAT) by businesses.

New Covid-19 'traffic light' protocols released

29 November 2021

The new COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Protocols are now available for preview on the CHASNZ website.

Business travel across new upper Northland boundary

3 November 2021

At 11:59pm on Tuesday 2 November, the Government moved upper parts of Northland areas to Alert Level 3 for six days.

New Covid-19 'roadmap' for construction under development

22 October 2021

The Construction Sector Accord is working with government agencies on implementing a 'roadmap' with new safety protocols allowing construction to operate more freely.

Cainan's story: from anti-vaccine to "get vaxxed"

19 October 2021

Cainan was an anti-vaxxer – until he got Covid. Now he wants you to get vaccinated.

Vaccination super easy on Super Saturday

12 October 2021

Let the 20% unvaccinated know - it's super easy this Super Saturday, 16th of October 2021

Travel into and out of Waikato

4 October 2021

Travelling in and out of Waikato areas under Alert Level 3

Targeted surveillance testing for Auckland construction workers

28 September 2021

Increased surveillance testing for Auckland construction workers

Construction re-starts in Auckland at Alert Level 3

22 September 2021

Information about a safe return to work in building and construction at Alert Level 3. 

Authorisation process for Auckland building product manufacturers

9 September 2021

New MBIE processes for Auckland building product manufacturers and distributors seeking to operate in Alert Level 4.

COVID-19 contractual guidance

7 September 2021

Accord COVID-19-related guidance on additional costs and time, risk management, rapidly re-starting projects.

Accord Newsflash – How to book priority vaccinations for your essential workers(external link)

3 September 2021


Accord Newsflash – Alert Level 3 for building and construction(external link)

1 September 2021


Accord Newsflash – Business travel across Alert Level boundaries(external link)

28 August 2021


Accord Newsflash – Vaccination eligibility expanded – hardware & DIY, nationally important infrastructure workers(external link)

27 August 2021


Accord Newsflash – New CHASNZ protocols for Level 4(external link)

23 August 2021


Accord Newsflash – COVID-19 Level 4 FAQs for construction businesses(external link)

18 August 2021


Accord Newsflash – COVID-19 update for the building and construction sector(external link)

17 August 2021


Alert Level 2 & 3 update

17 August 2020

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the 14th of August 2020, find out more about the extension of Alert Levels 2 and 3.


New guidance on contract variations

11 May 2020

Government has worked with the Construction Sector Accord to release new advice to the sector as clients work with contractors to agree a fair value for contract variations due the COVID-19 lockdown.


Rapidly mobilising construction projects

11 May 2020

The Accord has today issued new guidance to local and central government agencies on getting construction projects up and running quickly following the COVID-19 disruption. Several models for rapid mobilisation have been outlined that will help agencies streamline processes and improve project efficiency.


Looking after mental health

15 April 2020

Agencies and organisations are stepping up to offer better mental health support during the COVID-19 shutdown. Many people in the workforce are already reaching out to MATES in Construction to talk and get help, and other organisations are providing free resources.


Government contract guidelines to support industry

7 April 2020

Government has implemented the first action from the Accord’s Construction Sector Response Plan and set out expectations and guidance to agencies on managing contracts during the shutdown.


Response plan for the construction sector

5 April 2020

The Accord Steering Group has released a response plan to support the sector during and after COVID-19.


Further steps to protect New Zealander's jobs

28 March 2020

The Government has modified the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown.


Information for building and construction sector (as at 24 March 2020)

25 March 2020

Some initial information has been created for those in the building and construction sector (as at 24 March).


$12.1 billion support for New Zealanders and business

17 March 2020

The Government has outlined a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealand in response to the global impact of COVID-19.



Last updated: 22 September 2021