What Are Considered Essential Services During Lockdown?

Date Aug 23, 2021
Blog category Power
By Staff Writer

What are considered essential services during a New Zealand lockdown? Read on to learn more.

If you're not sure about what's considered essential work, look no further. Here's a quick guide about the NZ lockdown, including a list of essential workers and services.


Essential Workers

According to data from MBIE, the estimated number of essential service workers that are expected to report for work at Alert Level 4 is around 529,000. On the other hand, around 139,000 Kiwis are allowed to do their essential service from home.

So, who are considered essential workers?

According to MBIE data, here are the biggest essential workforce:

  1. Workers in healthcare and social assistance
  2. Workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry 
  3. Workers in manufacturing

While these essential workers are required to work and be on-site to perform their services, only a fraction of the total workers would be able to work as usual under Alert Level 4.

Essential Services

Knowing the options and services you can avail  at a time like this is important. Currently, there are 14 types of essential services that can serve customers on-site, as listed below:

  1. Supermarket, dairy, or food bank
  2. Pharmacy
  3. Liquor store
  4. Petrol station
  5. Self-service laundry
  6. Hardware store (for trade customers only)
  7. Health service 
  8. Accommodation service
  9. Court or tribunal
  10. Social and community-based service that helps maintain critical wellbeing or provides crisis support
  11. Emergency service
  12. Parliamentary services
  13. Transportation by road, air, rail, or sea
  14. School hostel

Essential Businesses

  • Accommodation services such as hotels, boarding houses, tertiary student accommodation, campgrounds, etc.
  • Building, construction, and maintenance services - These services are only allowed to operate to address immediate risks to health and safety, or are building a nationally important infrastructure
  • Education - They're still required to do social distancing or online learning for primary and secondary education.)
  • Foreign government, including embassies, and other entities maintaining crucial operations at foreign missions based in New Zealand
  • Freight services
  • Fruit and vegetables retailers, butchers, and fishmongers (must be selling via contactless orders)
  • Government services - Only allowed if the service is a regulatory or social service, or has something to do with the Covid-19 response, or if it cannot reasonably be delayed
  • Health services
  • General practitioners (doctors)
  • Gasoline stations, supermarkets, self-service laundries, dairies, pharmacies, food banks
  • Justice sector (Courts of New Zealand and Tribunals.)
  • Key utilities - Businesses that supply (or dispose of) utilities such as electricity, gas, water, wastewater, waste, fuel, and telecommunications
  • Parliamentary services
  • Primary industries like food and beverage processing and production, and veterinary services
  • Retail stores - Only allowed if it's via online orders for essential consumer products. Customers are not allowed to enter their premises.
  • Scientific services
  • Security services
  • Social services
  • School hostels
  • Services for deceased persons
  • Transport and logistics
          • Food delivery services
          • Hardware stores - Only allowed to give service to customers working to help maintain other essential services
          • Key communications - News, media, and delivery newspapers (non-English)
          • Pest management
          • Businesses or services needed to help maintain other businesses operating at alert level 4
          • Pulp and paper plants
          • Residential care services.

          Whether you're an essential worker or are just planning to go out for a quick errand, remember to follow these practices:

          • Practice social distancing (at least two meters apart from other people)
          • Wear a mask at all times
          • Sanitize your hands and things
          • Use the Covid-19 tracer app

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