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How can you support local under Alert Level 3?

Published: 1 March 2021

Being back in Alert Level 3 means we must stay in our local communities and, while following some simple rules to keep us safe, we can also keep supporting our local businesses too.

Mayor Phil Goff says that by staying local we can stick to the lockdown requirements, and we can also support local businesses and communities at the same time.

“Being back in lockdown due to COVID-19 impacts us all, including our small businesses. As a part of staying local, we’re asking Aucklanders to support local businesses in their communities—whether that’s your favourite café or restaurant offering click and collect or other top local spots.”

From the local dairy or local restaurant delivery to the best coffee – we know our local area better than anyone. Now is a good time to get behind local businesses and support them through this latest lockdown.

Local businesses like cafes, restaurants and dairies can operate at Alert Level 3, as long as they offer contactless service. Many also offer contactless delivery services. Places must display a QR code and customers must keep their distance and scan the code.

Additionally, staying local means having the chance to discover a local park or checking in with your neighbours to make sure they are doing okay (from a safe distance).

We all helped each other last year and we can all do it again. Together we can support local and help Auckland recover.

Some of the Golden Rules for Business at Alert Level 3 that help us support local are:

  • Businesses need to display a QR code and have an alternative contact tracing system. We recommend making sure people either scan in or provide their contact details. 
  • Customers cannot come onto your premises — unless you are a supermarket, dairy, butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
  • Your business legally must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up legally must also be contactless.
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