Today, September 22, marks Auckland’s move to COVID Alert Level 3 after five weeks of Level 4 lockdown.

If you are a liquor or hospitality business owner, here’s what you need to know…

  • For liquor-specific businesses, customers cannot come onto your premises unless you are a supermarket, dairy or liquor store in a Licensing Trust area. Nightclubs are not permitted to open.
  • Hospitality businesses (apart from nightclubs) can operate under Alert Level 3 for contactless delivery, pick-up or drive-through of pre-prepared food and beverages ONLY. Customers are not permitted to eat or drink on your premises.
  • Businesses must take health measures to keep their workers safe – maintain physical distance between workers, recording who is working together, limiting interaction between groups of workers, offering flexible working options, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining high hygiene standards.
  • Businesses must display a QR code and have an alternative contact tracing system for people who cannot access a smartphone. Record keeping is a requirement for all people aged 12 and over.
  • People are still instructed to stay home unless for essential personal movement. Essential personal movement is for activities such as accessing local services and businesses, recreation or work and school.
  • Business or work travel across Alert Level 3 boundaries is strictly limited. You will need to make sure your workers have acceptable evidence that they are permitted to cross the boundary.
  • Liquor retail stores (excluding supermarkets) can be open only for contactless purchase and delivery, such as drive-through or click-and-collect. No customers are permitted inside the store or to place orders at the entrance/door. 
  • Your employees must wear a face covering if they work in a public-facing retail role or as a delivery driver to residential addresses (delivery drivers only need to wear a face covering when they are out of their vehicle).

The government advises that if your business does not have measures in place to operate safely, then you should close.

For further information about doing business at Alert Level 3, including financial assistance, click here.

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