COVID-19 Coronavirus

Click here for the latest ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Toolkit Documentation

Updated 8th October 2020: All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Please follow the protocols for Alert Level 1 including contact tracing and if workers are sick or have symptoms of cold or flu, it is important they stay home and get health advice.

Updated 25 August 2020 Auckland region remains at Alert Level 3This Alert Level will remain in place until 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August. The Auckland region will then move to Alert Level 2, with additional gathering restrictions, at 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August. This will remain in place until at least Sunday 6 September 2020. Overview of restrictions in Auckland.

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.
This will remain in place until at least Sunday 6 September 2020. 

Additional Updates:

  • FACE COVERINGS WILL BE MANDATORY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From 11.59pm on 30 August New Zealanders will have to wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers
  • REGIONAL TRAVEL: After 30 August, the Auckland checkpoints will go, and inter-regional travel will be possible again
  • GATHERINGS RESTRICTIONS IN AUCKLAND: At Alert Level 2 in Auckland gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people. Funerals and tangihana will be limited to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health. Outside Auckland, gatherings such as church services and social events will continue to be limited to 100 people

IMPORTANT UPDATE as at 19th August 2020: ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols including Level 2/3 Alert Level information now available here and Departmental Roles

UPDATE as of 12th August 2020 – IMPORTANT ADDENDUM FROM WORKSAFE: WorkSafe have confirmed that our ScreenSafe alert level procedure should remain the same with the addition of using masks. This means any work in the greater Auckland area will follow level 3 protocols and guidelines and the rest of New Zealand to follow level 2 until further information form the Government/Ministry of Health. Your health and safety is paramount so we ask you to all to ensure that you add the wearing of Masks for everyone, at every alert level above Level 1. Government recommendations are that wearing of masks where ever possible and where physical distancing is not achievable. So all crew, agency/client, visitors and talent whilst off screen should be wearing masks as best practice.

As it is not possible to wear masks whilst on screen we should still be allowed to film talent as per guidelines around each level, but please note this is also subject to all other control measures around hygiene and non-contact as per each Level of the guidelines.

It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Businesses have till Wednesday 19th August to comply. Download your posters here

Download further updated Level 3 guidance here 17 August 2020

The World is in the grip of a pandemic with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

New Zealand has initiated measures to mitigate the effects of the virus which may affect the productions you are working on or are about to start.

IMPORTANT: keep yourselves, your family and your fellow workers safe.

Here are some guidelines and links to information to help you through this crisis. Here is the NZ Government website:


Protect Yourself and Others – avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

Stay home if unwell or have a temperature of 38+.

If you have arrived from overseas after 1am on the 16th March 2020 you are required to self-isolate for two weeks.

Gatherings of 500 or more people are cancelled until further notice.


Healthline Team 0800 358 5453 – if you have arrived from overseas and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Government Helpline 0800 779 997 – if you are unsure what support is available, don’t know who to contact for help or would like more information.

Health and Safety COVID 19 Documentation for Production Companies

The ScreenSafe Health and Safety Covid-19 Standard and the ScreenSafe Health and Safety Covid-19 Protocols.*

These two documents need to be read and utilised together. 

ScreenSafe Health and Safety Protocols Addendum – Level 1 Guidance Updated 9 June 2020

ScreenSafe Health & Safety COVID 19 – Endorsed- Standard

ScreenSafe Health & Safety COVID 19 – Endorsed – Protocols (UPDATED 2nd June 2020) list of latest updated information here

These documents are intended to give Production Companies and HOD’s guidance and forms to manage Covid-19 on a working production. 

ScreenSafe Health and Safety Protocols Addendum, which is a Close Contact / On Screen Talent scene specific guidance for Level 2 click here ADDED 22 May 2020

ScreenSafe Small Crew Guidelines ADDED 28 May 2020 available here

ScreenSafe Health and Safety Departmental Roles UPDATE 2nd June 2020 available here For a more indepth department role information.

Each production is required to register with ScreenSafe – please read about these requirements carefully in the Protocols.

The website for registration is

Please note – the ScreenSafe H&S Standard and Protocols have been endorsed by WorkSafe and can be used by the Screen Sector as minimum standards and guidelines for planning your return to work and return to shooting. 

To be clear – each Production Company and Production can draw on these documents, but must create their own individualised Health and Safety Plan and Site plans that are particular and unique to their requirements and to each site on which they intend to shoot. 

The Protocols in particular must be viewed as a living document – they have been developed to support and assist you in eliminating or minimising the risk of exposure for all personnel to Covid-19, and in meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety Workplace Act 2015 – however, each Production Company and PCBU must have their own procedures in place to manage this risk, and must work to continually assess and manage the risk of infection transmission, both across the production and at an individual level. 

The Protocols will be reviewed regularly as all PCBU’s assess and manage their operations and how these protocols work in practice, from crew to talent to producers. 

*WorkSafe New Zealand has assessed this guidance and
is satisfied that it meets their expectations for management
of COVID-19-related risks in the workplace.


New Zealand Government Information and

Ministry of Health Information

Safetravel Information

Ministry of Education Information also provides links to information in other languages from the Ministry of Health.


Your Mental Health and Financial Well-being

Mental Health

Safe To Talk

New Zealand’s national mental health helpline.  It is free to text or call this number 1737 anytime to talk with a trained counsellor.

Financial Stress

This takes you to a pdf that discusses financial stress and lists contact information for various support groups and agencies.

WINZ – Accessing the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy for the Screen Sector

If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, WINZ may be able to provide financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected.

This is the fact sheet for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.

This takes you to the form for financial support as announced by the NZ Government on Tuesday 17th March.

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