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Restricted gatherings the focus of red

WHAT does life in New Zealand look like under the red traffic light setting?

From the experience of other countries, the Government knows that it could take as little as 14 days for Omicron cases to grow from the hundreds to the thousands.

Most people who catch Omicron will need to self-isolate at home and officials are encouraging people to be prepared.

While the red traffic light setting is not as restrictive as previous lockdowns in Alert Level 3 and 4, there are still rules that businesses and people must abide by.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said mask use, social distancing and restricted sizes of gatherings were areas of focus.

Red is the most restrictive traffic light setting, but domestic travel can continue.

In red, face coverings are mandatory when travelling on public transport, in retail and to an extent in education.

Public facilities and retail outlets are open, with capacity limits.

With a vaccine pass, many businesses and events can have a maximum of 100 people, including hospitality, gyms, weddings and tangihanga.

Without passes, hospitality services must remain contactless and the aforementioned gatherings are limited to 25 people.

People should work from home if appropriate, while tertiary education, schools and early childhood centres remain open with public health measures in place.

Tertiary students must study remotely if they don't have a vaccine pass.

Gyms and close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons can open in red as long as public health measures are in place.

The orange setting is intended for regions where community transmission is pressuring the health system.

The primary change at orange from red is that, with vaccine passes, there are no limits on gathering sizes for hospitality outlets or at in-home functions, weddings, tangihanga, gyms etc.

Without vaccine passes, hospitality is still contactless while gathering and event size limits are restricted to 50 people.

The primary change at orange from red is that, with vaccine passes, there are no limits on gathering sizes for hospitality outlets or at in-home functions, weddings, tangihanga, gyms etc. — NZ Herald

RESTRICTIONS: New Zealand has re-entered the red traffic light setting after the emergence of Omicron cases in the community. NZ Herald picture