COVID-19 Coronavirus

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety – UPDATES

17th November 2021

  • Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 – Step 2 at 11.59pm tomorrow, Tuesday, 9 November 2021.
  • Northland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm Thursday, 11 November 2021.
  • The Rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2.

As announced today, it is expected that on the 29th of November, Cabinet will move both Auckland AND the rest of the country into the RED Traffic Light System “shortly thereafter”.

ScreenSafe are currently rewriting the Screen Industry COVID-19 Protocols in line with the upcoming COVID-19 Protection Framework (aka the Traffic Light System).

While that work is underway and while we await more detailed information from the government, MoH and WorkSafe, ScreenSafe has prepared (the link below) initial guidance so our industry can start the mental shift to a new system.

See here for the full guidance

Alert level 2 information here.

Alert level 3 information here.

Alert level 4 information here.

Review of ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols – updated 5th October 2021

Overview of changes here.

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols including Level 1/2/3 Alert Level information ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols

Here is the link for the ScreenSafe Location Recce Guidance at Higher Alert Levels

Please see the latest updates at and details of current alert level.

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

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols including Level 3/2 Alert Level information now available here and Departmental Roles

Further crew information sheet here

Surveillance Testing information sheet here

It is now mandatory for any business or service to display the QR code for the tracing app at all entry points. Download your posters here

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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ScreenSafe is not a hotline for specific Health & Safety issues or concerns, please direct these to your Health & Safety representative or WorkSafe

For more information about any of the initiatives ScreenSafe is working on please speak to your relevant Guild representative or contact

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