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New Zealand to shut down recreational car hire

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The COVID-19 alert will move to Level 4 from 2359 hours on Wednesday 25
Being at alert level 4 includes severe restrictions on travel.
The primary aim of these restrictions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in
New Zealand by reducing contact between people to the bare minimum and
stopping all but essential travel which is described below.
This document provides information about essential transport services during
Level 4 of the COVID-19 response.
For the purpose of this guidance, essential services in the transport sector
 anything identified in the COVID-19 website
 any transport service involved in the carriage of essential goods or
essential workers
 permitted essential private travel; includes access to groceries, health
care and facilitating shared custody
The exemption for entities and workers carrying out essential services in the
transport sector only applies for the purpose of undertaking essential work. At
all other times, i.e. when the workers or the services the entity carries out are
not required, then these workers must avoid all-non essential travel and follow
the guidance on the Ministry of Health website for alert level 4.
Please note that:
 This guidance is subject to change as the response to COVID-19
 Public transport used to transport people working in essential services
(as defined by Covid-19 advisories) includes domestic aircraft, ferries,
buses and trains;
 The entities and workers listed in this guidance must practice physical
distancing and good hygiene even when undertaking essential work (see
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covid19.govt.nz) – additional guidance will be prepared for some parts of
the sector, such as public transport for both operators and passengers;
 Essential workers may be asked, while travelling, to show who they work
for. We encourage essential workers to carry some form of identification
to show who they are, who they work for, and their role e.g. a letter
from their employer or work ID;
 An entity that is part of the supply chain and listed in this document, is
considered an essential service.
Start from first principles
When considering whether or not something is essential, please use good
judgement and remember that the aim of the Level 4 alert is to keep people
physically at home and separated from other people.
This is the best way to fight COVID-19 and ultimately save lives in New Zealand.
When using this guidance, consider:
 Does my work support the essentials of life such as emergency or medical
 Am I supplying or moving food, medicine, fuel or other supplies essential to
maintain life?
 Is my work crucial to keeping essential services running? If so, can I perform
this work on an on-demand or as-required basis?
 Stretching the definition of “essential for life” undermines the purpose of
COVID-19 alert level 4 and puts more lives at risk.
 If you have non-essential goods blocking movement of essential goods,
then you should move your non-essential goods to storage elsewhere, but
only move them once and only to get them out of the way of essential
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Personnel who work in air services, airlines and airports, when undertaking an
essential service e.g.
 Security, border staff and air traffic control
 Freight and baggage handlers
 Air crew
Any other key personnel needed to keep the airport and airlines, and the
movement of people and air freight, operational.
In relation to other services at airports, vending machines, or dairy-like services
providing pre-packaged food, sealed drinks (no alcohol) and essential items like
medicine are permitted at an airport. No café or other retail can open.
Air travel is only permitted for essential workers relating to response function
for COVID-19 and emergency and essential services.
In relation to all other passengers:
Transit passengers
 New Zealand’s borders will be closed to international transit passengers
from 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT); except for agreed
Domestic passengers
 Passengers who arrived on international flights after 0200 hours
Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT) will not be able to connect to a
domestic flight during the first 14 days after arrival.
Self-isolation and transport required for all arriving passengers
 For all flights arriving in New Zealand after 0200 hours Thursday 26
March 2020, passengers will be required to have an appropriate selfisolation
plan in their city of arrival for the first 14 day period, including
transport to their accommodation.
 Appropriate transport is a private car parked at the airport, being picked
up by someone else who will live in the same self-isolation location. The
self-isolation location must be within 5 hour drive of the airport.
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 If passengers do not have appropriate transport to their place of
isolation in their arrival port, officials may provide transport if that is
possible within the local area. If that transport is not possible, they will
be placed in local accommodation which has been approved for isolation
for 14 days.
 For those passengers who do not have an appropriate plan for isolation,
accommodation and transport to that approved accommodation will be
arranged by the Government for the 14 day period.
 After the 14 day isolation period people can move on to their final
destination by domestic air travel, public transport, ferries or private
Pilot examination and competency
Flight examination and competency assessment only for checking pilots
holding commercial and air transport pilot licenses necessary for the provision
of essential aviation services.
Recreation flying
Recreational flying is not permitted.
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All personnel involved in the movement of freight by ship, internationally and
domestically, when undertaking an essential service e.g.
 Security, border staff and maritime officers
 Ship pilots
 Engineers
 Stevedores
 Port agents
 Appropriate port and portside staff (including port logistics).
Any maritime staff performing the operation of ferry services and water taxis,
for essential workers, and essential trips for others only e.g. for access to food
and healthcare.
This includes the operation of ferries (e.g. the Cook Strait ferries) to move
freight and essential workers.
All other passengers are able to use ferry services to return home before 2359
hours on Friday 27 March 2020, or at a time determined by the National
Port operations
The use of essential workers to move essential goods and provide essential
services is paramount and must be prioritised above all other goods and
services at the Port.
Only in the following circumstances can non-essential goods at a port be
1. if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of
dealing with essential goods; and
2. if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on:
2.1 the movement of essential goods or
2.2 the delivery of essential services at the Port; or
3. if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for
essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port
and across the supply chain.
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With respect to 3. above:
 additional workers that are required to enter the Port, to assist with the
movement of non-essential goods to create space for essential goods,
become essential workers for the purpose of moving those goods; and
 those goods should only be moved once to a place of storage to get
them out of the way of essential goods.
Shore leave for international maritime workers
Shore leave is only permitted where:
 the vessel/crew have been away from their last Port of call for more
than 14 days
 there has been no suggestion of COVID-19
 they have a place to go to self-isolate, and
 they will travel direct to that place of self-isolation and comply with the
Ministry of Health requirements for alert level 4.
Search and Rescue
Any entity which has arrangements with Maritime New Zealand (including
RCCNZ) or the New Zealand Police, to support search and rescue activity is an
essential service.
This includes (but is not exclusive to): Coastguard, LandSAR, Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications, Surf Life Saving NZ, Rescue/Emergency
helicopters, and Department of Conservation Rescue Teams.
Land Transport
Private travel (personal vehicles)
 People can drive personal vehicles for essential trips only e.g. to access
groceries or healthcare.
 Couples with shared custody of children can move between the two
homes - if they are in the same community.
 Essential workers can also use their personal vehicle to get to and from
their place of work.
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Buses and trains
Workers involved in the operation of public transport services – buses and
trains e.g.
 Operators
 Drivers
 Enforcement officers
Small passenger services (taxis and ride-share)
Workers involved in the operation of small passenger transport services e.g.
 Small passenger service operator
 Driver
 Total Mobility Scheme providers.
Some restrictions will exist in the use of small passenger services on the
Ministry of Transport website shortly.
Rental services
Essential workers are permitted to use rental vehicles.
Any rental vehicle service operator that provides rental vehicle services under
contract to businesses providing essential services can continue to provide
those services.
Recreational rental vehicle hire is not permitted.
The key rental service personnel needed to maintain the leasing, collection,
relocation and cleaning of rental vehicles used in essential service provision
(e.g. to get to self isolation).
Any car share operator that provides car share services under contract to
businesses providing essential services – for example District Health Boards or
Regional and Local Councils - can continue to provide that car share service.
They must provide appropriate cleaning of vehicles.
Where long-term membership exists, customers may continue to utilise the
vehicle where they are the only person or people from the same isolation
group using that vehicle.
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It is not acceptable for car share vehicles to be provided under any other
circumstances e.g. on a per hour basis.
Delivery of freight by land
Workers and operators involved in the delivery of essential goods (as defined
in essential services list on the COVID-19 website) by road and rail freight e.g.
 Road and Rail Freight Operators and Receivers
 Drivers, including: large trucks and trains, grocery distribution (eg
supermarkets and My Food Bag)
 Logistics firms and their contractors
 Courier services and postal operators.
Maintenance services – all modes
Workers involved in the provision of essential maintenance and safety services
where the services are limited to:
 maintaining other essential services and their vehicles (e.g. repairing
emergency vehicles, aircraft and ships/boats, and parts replacement for
these craft moving essential freight); or
 essential recovery and/or repair of private vehicles, where needed to
keep a private vehicle operating for essential purposes e.g. to get
groceries and healthcare.
Ideally, these services would be provided on demand. The types of capability
deemed essential are:
 Maintenance and engineering staff
 Vehicle recovery and assistance services
 Vehicle repairers, inspectors, certifiers, mechanics and vehicle part
Warrant of Fitness (WoF) and Certification of Fitness (CoF)
Specific information on WoF and CoF for vehicles will be included shortly.
Maintaining the transport network
Contractors and subcontractors related to the agencies identified below, that
are necessary to address immediate and short-term risks to safety on the
transport network e.g.
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 Traffic controllers
 Emergency works staff
 Cleaning staff critical for safe operations
Any works, including capital works that are not required for the safe and
efficient operation of the transport network must be stood down until the end
of the Level 4 Alert period.
Key transport agency staff
Essential transport staff from the following agencies:
 Ministry of Transport
 New Zealand Transport Agency
 Civil Aviation Authority (including Aviation Security Service)
 Maritime New Zealand (including the Rescue Coordination Centre and
Maritime Radio)
 Airways NZ
 MetService
 KiwiRail, including Interislander
 Local and regional authorities
This only applies for staff members of these agencies, which need to be
exempt from Alert Level 4 movement controls, in order to: support the
response to COVID-19, support the response to any other emergency,
perform national security functions, perform a required statutory or
regulatory function, or perform any other critical function (identified by
their Chief Executive).