Full list: Essential businesses during coronavirus lockdown

Source: 1News

With a nationwide lockdown on the horizon here is a list of essential businesses that will remain open and operational during the period of self-isolation:


- Any Accomodation services for essential workers and people who need to be isolated/quarantined


- Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries

Building and construction

- Any building and construction services related to essential services, critical infrastructure, or immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work

Courts, tribunals and the justice system

- Courts of New Zealand and tribunals
- Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission) 


At level 3 only:
- Schools and educational facilities (e.g. ECE centres)

Fast-moving consumer goods

- Businesses involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods (but not takeaway shops)

Financial services

- Banks, insurers and other financial institutions


- Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities
- Ambulance services
- Mortuary services

Local and national government

- Any entity involved in COVID-19 response or that has civil defence/emergency management functions
- Key public services

Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing

- Packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products
- Food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
- Veterinary and animal health/welfare services

Public safety and national security

- Emergency services
- Security and intelligence services
- Justice system
- Public safety and national security roles


- Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response, hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services

Social services

- Welfare and social services, including NGOs, which meet immediate needs (further guidance will be provided)

Transport and logistics

- Transport services
- New Zealand Post and courier services
- Any small passenger service vehicle driver – including taxis and ride-share services

Utilities and communications, including supply chains

- Electricity, gas, water, waste, fuel, telecommunication services, internet providers and media