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The greater Wellington region is currently at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1 we all need to do our bit to keep our communities safe: 

  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need to be tested
  • Practice good hygiene (includes washing your hands often and coughing into your elbow)
  • Wear a mask if you want to. This is optional, but it can help protect you and others
  • Continue to track your movements using the NZ COVID Tracer app or booklet. If using the app, turn on the bluetooth function
  • Regularly clean high touch surfaces

For more information on Alert Level 1, visit the website.



Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza. Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

Symptoms include: fever, coughing. difficulty breathing, sore throat, sneezing/runny nose and/or a temporary loss of smell.

Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have these symptoms please call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or you can call your doctor. Call your doctor before visiting.

Interpreters are available through Healthline.

Community-based assessment centres (CBACs)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your local GP for advice.

Your GP or Healthline may refer you to a CBAC (community based assessment centre) to be screened and assessed for testing, and tested if you meet the Ministry of Health criteria.

For more information on CBACs in Wellington, Kāpiti and Hutt Valley, click here.

For more information on CBACs in Wairarapa, click here.

Make summer unstoppable

This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays. For further information click here

Key info for event organisers this summer

Event organisers - key messages

Event organisers - key messages - Pasifika

Kia haumaru i ēnei hararei

Simple tips to stay well

Be sure to continue to connect with whānau, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important. We also recommend sticking to a routine such as having regular mealtimes, bedtimes and exercising.

The following are some simple steps you can take to protect your whānau, your community, and yourself from COVID-19 and other illnesses:

Useful links

Last updated 23 December 2020.