COVID-19 – 27 August Update

The entire country will remain at Alert Level 4 until midnight Tuesday. At that point, those below Auckland’s southern border will move to Alert Level 3. Auckland and Northland will remain at Alert Level 4.

Based on the size of the outbreak that's potentially closer in scale to the original outbreak in 2020, it's likely Auckland will remain at Level 4 for two more weeks.

Ardern said Northland was grouped in with Auckland because of the recent case in Warkworth and the need for more data and contact tracing. So Warkworth is included in the Auckland boundary for the extended Alert Level 4 settings. However, Northland won’t always be grouped with Auckland.

Another Cabinet meeting will decide how long these settings are in place.

There's no regional travel allowed across these alert levels. Workers who need to cross the boundary can. No-one can move from one alert level to the other without an exemption. Applications will be open on Sunday for level 4 essential workers who need to cross the boundary.