Government to make decision about move to Alert Level 3 on 20 April

17 Apr 2020

The Prime Minister has said that the Government will make a decision about whether and when the country will move to Alert Level 3 on Monday 20 April. 

At the same time, the Prime Minister provided clarity on what any move to Level 3 would look like:

For horticulture, the move to Level 3 will see the retention of the same anti-COVID-19 transmission measures that were put in place under Level 4.  Click here to view the Ministry for Primary Industries’ guidance.

Moving to Level 3 is likely to mean that all growing and related activities like development can resume, as long as the same strict health and safety practices as in Level 4 are observed at all times. 

HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman has been interviewed by Radio New Zealand on our industry’s objectives for a move to Level 3.  Click here to read the article on RNZ, and click here listen to the interview on Rural News.

We will update growers and our website as soon as we have further clarity from the Government on the move to Level 3 and what the requirements for our industry will be. 


Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have published an FAQ page about Alert Level 3 which you can read here. 

HortNZ is working with MPI and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to create industry-specific Alert Level 3 guidelines. Updated 20 April