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COVID-19: Building and construction sector guidance

Find out how to work at different COVID-19 Alert Levels if you work in the building and construction sector or for a council, are a retailer or supplier to the sector, or are a homeowner or renter. Ensuring that a health and safety plan is in place is crucial throughout all COVID-19 Alert Levels, so it is important that you understand what is required. Under both levels 2 and 3, building and construction work can continue, but you must follow health and safety guidance including contact tracing, social distancing and any mask requirements. Please familiarise yourself with the latest updates to health and safety guidance on the CHASNZ website at

Health and safety

Under all Alert Levels operating businesses must put appropriate health and safety controls in place, including physical distancing at levels 2-4. Every operating business must record details on these measures in a COVID-19 control plan.

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Alert levels 1-4: what it means for you

Find out how to prepare for different COVID-19 Alert Levels if you’re in the building and construction sector, a retailer or supplier to the sector, a homeowner or renter, or work for a council.

The rules outlined for the building and construction sector are only applicable to certain types of work. Building and construction work is any design, manufacture, supply, consent, inspection or building work necessary for the construction, repair or maintenance of buildings and other structures, including siteworks.

Building maintenance

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Find out more on the Government's COVID-19 website:

Essential businesses
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Advice for businesses, organisations and employees

If you have any questions and concerns relating to COVID-19, please call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week)

If you have any questions relating to the building and construction sector, email

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: