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The whole of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. 

(Information on Alert Level 1 can be found here.)

 

 

 

21 September 2020 

The Government has announced its decision on our Alert Levels. 

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September. This means people in Auckland will be able to attend social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in groups of up to 100 people.

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft.

Living at Alert Level 2

Current Alert Level

Rest of New Zealand is in Alert Level 2, and will move to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Living at Alert Level 1

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft.

 

14 September 2020 

The Government has announced that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2.

New Zealand is remaining at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions in the Auckland region for gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. More information here.

 

2 September 2020 

NZFC release the latest update of the Fact Sheet - NZ Border Entry for the Screen Sector (dated 28 August 2020). (This document will be constantly evolving so we'll post the most up-to-date version on this page as soon as possible)

 

1 September 2020

Auckland region is now at Alert Level 2. 

There are extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga.

VIEW: Auckland restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga

This will remain in place until at least Sunday 6 September 2020.

 

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

This will remain in place until at least 11:59pm Sunday 6 September 2020. 

 

24 August 2020

Auckland region remains at Alert Level 3. 

This Alert Level will remain in place until 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August. The Auckland region will then move to Alert Level 2, with additional gathering restrictions, at 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August. This will remain in place until at least Sunday 6 September 2020. Overview of restrictions in Auckland.

 

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

This will remain in place until at least 11:59pm Sunday 6 September 2020. 

 

Additional Updates:

  • FACE COVERINGS WILL BE MANDATORY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From 11.59pm on 30 August New Zealanders will have to wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers.
  • REGIONAL TRAVEL: After 30 August, the Auckland checkpoints will go, and inter-regional travel will be possible again.

  • GATHERINGS RESTRICTIONS IN AUCKLAND: At Alert Level 2 in Auckland gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people. Funerals and tangihana will be limited to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health. Outside Auckland, gatherings such as church services and social events will continue to be limited to 100 people.

 

You can read the full COVID-19 update here.

 

 17 August 2020

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the election will now be held on 17 October.
  • Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced a Resurgence Wage Subsidy payment will be available from 1pm on 21 August 2020 for employers who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19. 

    The new scheme will be available for 2 weeks from 1 September, when the existing Wage Subsidy Extension scheme expires.

    The criteria will be similar to the existing Wage Subsidy Extension — businesses must have had, or are predicting to have, a revenue drop due to COVID-19 of at least 40%. The revenue drop applies for any consecutive period of at least 14 days between 12 August and 10 September, compared to a similar period last year.

    Applications for the updated Wage Subsidy Scheme will be open by Friday 21 August. More information here

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety - addendum  and latest updates

All productions need to ensure they're operating to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health & Safety Standard Protocols as they relate to your region and Alert Level. Visit the ScreenSafe COVID-19 page for the full toolkit and information on how to apply the Alert Levels to your production.

** IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: 17 August 2020 - WorkSafe have confirmed that our ScreenSafe alert level procedure should remain the same with the addition of using masks. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Businesses have till Wednesday 19th August to comply. 

Download your posters hereDownload updated important information for Level 3 here.

 

14 August 2020

30 Confirmed Cases - all linked to the same community outbreak cluster.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will announce the Alert Levels decision at 5.30pm today

 

The New Zealand Film Commission COVID-19 Advisory from Thursday, 13 August 2020

Includes information on:

  • Screen Production Fund
  • Cultural Sector Capability Fund
  • Insurance Indemnity Update
  • Funding Initiatives Open for Application.

Click here for more information.

 

NZ On Air COVID-19 Update 12 August 2020 

This page is intended to help funded content creators, platforms and service providers find information on what NZ On Air is doing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Vista Foundation / Home & Family Counselling Film Industry Support

The Vista Foundation and Home & Family Counselling have collaborated to provide support to the people of the New Zealand film industry who have been affected by the social and commercial constraints of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Film members of SPADA are entitled to up to five free one-hour counselling sessions from Home & Family Counselling. To take up the Vista Foundation / Home and Family Counselling Offer you can make contact directly with Home and Family using this process:

* Visit Home & Family 
* Click Make An Appointment and telephone or email Home & Family’s central (Mount Eden) or North Shore (Northcote) centres. (Do not use the Hibiscus Coast/Orewa option).
* If outside of Auckland, choose Central (to access this offer via an online consultation)
* Once Home & Family makes contact, the client will need to advise their membership organisation and number. * This requirement is mandatory, no exceptions.
* Home & Family will initiate the process of counselling including assigning a counsellor

Your personal information will be kept confidential - the information you will need to provide to utilise the Offering will be to Home & Family only. However, the Vista Foundation reserves the right to randomly check information provided to ensure the Offering is being is used as intended.
(* This does not include disclosure to the Vista Foundation, of names.)

 

Update 12 August 2020

 OBLIGATIONS:

** IMPORTANT ADDENDUM FROM WORKSAFE: WorkSafe have confirmed that our ScreenSafe alert level procedure should remain the same with the addition of using masks. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

 

AUCKLAND:

Under level 3 in Auckland, people are to work from home unless they are essential workers, and stay in their bubbles. Bars and restaurants will have to close, and restrictions come in place for funerals and weddings.

People in Auckland but not from the city can return home, but must be aware of symptoms. Anyone with symptoms is advised to get a test

All key services, including pharmacies and supermarkets remain open. Food delivery is available under level 3. Childcare and schooling is only available for essential workers.

The government would provide the public with an update on Friday.

 

USEFUL LINKS


NZ COVID-19 Page
ScreenSafe COVID-19 Page
RNZ COVID-19 Coverage
Health & Wellbeing during COVID-19
NZ COVID Tracer App - on App Store / on GOOGLE PLAY