Covid-19: Information for building and construction sector (as at 24 March 2020)

The Prime Minister has announced New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 3, moving to Alert Level 4 from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 25 March for a period of four weeks.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.

We understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone, and appreciate you will have questions and concerns about what this means for you and the building and construction sector.

Please be assured that the Accord Steering Group (ASG) is working closely with the Government and relevant agencies to advise on the support and information needed across the Construction Sector.

On Monday, the ASG met with Minister Salesa to discuss the situation and inform the action needed from Government to support the industry during this uncertain time. We will keep you updated as the ASG and Government work together to help the sector through this period.

Some initial information has been created for those in the building and construction sector (as at 24 March). This is a very fast-moving situation with information being updated regularly. Please visit https://www.building.govt.nz/covid-19(external link)

Please visit covid19.govt.nz(external link) for all information relating to COVID-19. This website is being updated regularly with information from a range of agencies to help you find the latest information and to help answer your questions.

What are essential businesses for Building and Construction (as at 24 March)?

Building and construction

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

  • Any entity involved in building and construction related to essential services and critical infrastructure
  • Any entity involved in building and construction required immediately to maintain human health and safety at home or work
  • Any entity that performs or is involved in building and resource consenting necessary for the above purposes

If you have any questions that are not answered or would like to know more, please email accord@mbie.govt.nz. This will help inform the further advice and guidance provided on covid.govt.nz for our sector.

Further information:

What are essential businesss?(external link) 

Financial support during this time(external link)

Advice for businesses, organisations and employees(external link)

Last updated: 25 March 2020