What the traffic light system means , He aha koia te pūnaha rama ārahi

New Zealand is using the COVID-19 Protection Framework also known as the 'traffic light system'. Find out what this means for Massey.

New Zealand has moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the 'traffic light system' (red, orange, green), and stopped using alert levels.

Massey’s operations under the traffic light system are guided by the Operating Plan for the COVID-19 Protection Framework which explains what each colour of the traffic light setting of the system means for the university. The Operating Plan has been developed with Ministry of Education guidance and input from staff across the university.

Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidance

Changes announced 23 March 2022

The COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic light settings will remain; however the following changes will come into effect over the coming weeks.

My Vaccine Pass

  • From 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Passes for entry into venues where Government has required them. Until 4 April, where My Vaccine Passes are not used, the current restrictions remain — but after this time, the new capacity limits will apply to everyone.
  • After 4 April, businesses will still be able to use the system if they choose to.
  • For Massey, My Vaccine Passes will remain in use as per the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Policy unless we notify otherwise.
  • If there is a particular variant or outbreak where health officials believe a MyVaccinePass will help to slow an outbreak, these will be reinstated.

Government Vaccine Mandates

  • From 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, some government vaccine mandates for workers will be removed.
  • Workers that will still be covered by a government vaccine mandate include:
    • Health and disability sector workers.
    • Corrections staff.
    • Border and MIQ workers.

Red

  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities — such as gatherings and events, food and drink businesses and sports facilities.
  • The limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 200 people.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Orange

  • No limit for outdoor or indoor gatherings.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Green

  • No changes.