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  Working at Alert Level 2

Key changes 

Businesses and worksites will still need to have a COVID-19 control plan in place and ensure they are following health and safety requirements.

The main changes at Level 2 for the industry are: 

  • inter-regional travel is now permitted
  • building and construction retailers and suppliers can open storefronts with appropriate physical distancing
  • councils and professional services can perform their usual functions with appropriate physical distancing.

Further information about Alert Level 2 can be found at: 

Health and safety

With the move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, there are some key changes to how you work on construction sites. New guidance from the government for work required under Alert Level 2 has required changes to the construction protocols for both residential and vertical/horizontal construction sites.

Changes to the Residential Construction Protocols:

  • Recommend workers stay 2 m from those outside their work bubble.
  • Workers stay 1 m minimum from all other workers unless necessary and a risk assessment has been completed
  • Non-essential visitors can undertake site visits with prior notice.
  • Multiple trades can work onsite.
  • Workers can leave site for food/drink. However, they must complete the sign out and sign in processes.
  • Maintain minimum 1 m physical distancing from delivery team and 2 m where possible.

See the full Residential Construction Protocols here: 

Changes to the V&H Construction Protocols

  • People working together should keep 1 m physical distancing unless other mitigating measures are in place.
  • When in public, people should keep 2 m physical distancing from people they do not know.

See the full V&H Construction Protocols here: 

Exposure limits

With delays to construction projects due to the lockdown and changes to working protocols on construction sites at Alert Level 3, some materials may have exceeded their exposure limits. See the BRANZ guidance on exposure limits. In addition, some materials may have other signs of damage or deterioration. See: