COVID-19 update for the building and construction sector

Accord Newsflash 17 August 2021 - COVID-19 update for the building and construction sector

This evening, Tuesday 17 August 2021, the Prime Minister advised New Zealand will move to Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm.

Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula will remain at Alert Level 4 for an initial period of seven days, while the rest of New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 4 for three days.

Alert Levels may be updated by the Government at any time. Information and guidance on what you can do at Alert Level 4 is being updated – please keep checking the following websites for the latest information:

Health and Safety protocols at different alert levels(external link) -

Building and construction sector COVID-19 guidance, including information on essential services(external link) -

More information about COVID-19(external link) -

Please note building and construction work can only be carried out at Alert Level 4 if it meets the Government definition of an essential service. This includes work required to:

  • maintain human health and safety
  • avoid significant environmental harm
  • support critical infrastructure, for example electricity, gas, water and waste water (sanitation)
  • support essential services, for example food processing, food distribution, supermarkets, dairies and pharmacies
  • support regulatory service in relation to building consenting, compliance and resource consenting necessary for essential services outlined above
  • maintain the supply of products and materials necessary for essential services outlined above.

See the Accord's COVID-19 related guidance to assist clients and industry in the COVID-19 environment. Note that this page does not include guidance relating to working under Level 4. 

Last updated: 17 August 2021