New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. DOC facilities are fully open without restrictions - including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets.

Date:  09 June 2020

We can get back out and enjoy the great outdoors at Alert Level 1, provided it's done safely.

DOC facilities are now fully open without restrictions – including visitor centres, huts, campgrounds and toilets.

DOC staff can fully resume field work and return to offices to deliver their valuable conservation work.

DOC facilities are displaying the Ministry of Health QR code for contact tracing so you can keep your own record of places you have visited if there are future COVID-19 cases.

You should practise good hygiene when using offices and facilities. You can not self-isolate at a DOC hut or campsite. 

Alert Level 1 golden rules

Visitors to public conservation land are expected to follow the Government’s "Golden Rules for Everyone at Alert Level 1":

You will need to bring personal supplies to practice good handwashing and usual cleaning practices.

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months.Whatever you’re feeling – it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

More information

COVID-19 and hunting - how to get a hunting permit and hunting on public conservation land. 

NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ Government COVID-19 website

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