Covid Protection Framework traffic lights.

Click on the appropriately coloured light below to learn more about the restrictions and precautions needed for your church buildings at each of the levels.

The Pedestrian Crossing red light contains information for what to do if your church is identified as a location of interest.

Below the lights are a couple of videos on how individuals can sign up to get their Covid pass and how church officials can download and use the app to verify these passes. The Covid19 website can help you with these, or if you need extra help there’s likely to be someone in our office who’d be happy to talk you through this.

This page contains a basic summary of relevant information for use by churches. We have done our best to ensure that it is accurate, but encourage you to read further if you need to know more. Further information can be found at covid19.govt.nz

Red Light

  • Attenders will need to scan in
  • Face Masks are mandatory

With Vaccine Certificate Checking (only vaccinated allowed)

  • Up to 100 people can come to worship, weddings, funerals and other events.
  • 1 metre distancing between bubbles is needed.

Without Vaccine Certificate checking

  • Up to 25 people can attend worship, weddings or funerals. Other events are not allowed.

Orange Light

  • Attenders will need to scan in
  • Face Masks are mandatory

With Vaccine Certificate Checking (only vaccinated allowed)

  • As many people can attend as your building can legally hold.

Without Vaccine Certificate checking

  • Up to 50 people can attend worship, weddings or funerals. Other events are not allowed.
  • One Metre distancing between bubbles is needed.

Green Light

  • Attenders will need to scan in
  • Face Masks are encouraged

With Vaccine Certificate Checking (only vaccinated allowed)

  • As many people can attend as your building can legally hold.

Without Vaccine Certificate checking

  • Up to 100 people can attend worship, weddings, funerals or other events.

What if we're a location of interest?!


  • The Ministry of Health will try to get in contact with you and provide advice. If they are busy or your office is closed, this may take some time.
  • If you are a location of interest, the details of this will be on the Ministry of Health Locations of Interest page along with advice on action needed by those attending at the time. Follow this advice.
  • If your church is definitely on this list, use all your communication channels (email, facebook, newsletter, Sunday notices etc.) to let the congregation know details of the times of interest, action needed and a link to the locations of interest page.
  • Clean your premises thoroughly, prioritising high touch areas, using hospital grade disinfectant/detergent.
This advice is based on this document from the Ministry of Health