Playgrounds and skateparks are still closed in Alert Level 3. Photo: Andrew MacDonald.

What has changed in level 3?


On Tuesday, New Zealand moved to Covid-Alert Level Three after almost five weeks spent at Level Four Lockdown.

This will mean a slight relaxation of the rules around movement, recreation, work and education, but does not mean life will return to normal just yet.

Nelson City Council has spent the Alert Level Four period maintaining essential services, including refuse/recycling, public transport, roading, water, wastewater, stormwater and its cemetery/crematorium.

Many Council services will stay the same at Level Three but there will be some key changes.

Many trails in the Nelson and Tasman region will reopen to mountain biking but there are still some restrictions on Ngati Koata land.

The Pascoe Street Transfer Station will reopen for green waste and refuse only. The reuse shop and the public dropoff will remain closed. Payments will be contactless, and cash will not be accepted.

Public transport can be used for a wider range of journeys – including going to work and
school. The COVID-19 timetable will continue.

Gates to car parks at Saxton Field, Trafalgar Park, Branford Park and Tahunanui Beach Reserve will reopen.

Businesses at the marina will reopen and so will the marina hardstand. The marina boat ramp is closed as boats are not allowed to be used under Alert level 3.

Construction projects at Saxton Creek, Isel Park/Main Road Stoke culvert, the Annesbrook Drive Water Main Renewal, Paddy’s Knob and the Tahunanui shared path to recommence.

Building inspections, environmental monitoring and public contact roles such as dog control will be carried out according to the Alert Level 3 requirements.

These tasks will be done remotely or virtually where possible.

However, recycling and refuse collection will continue to operate as at Alert Level Four – this means everything is collected as usual, but recycling will go to landfill as the regional recycling sorting facility is still not able to be opened.

Council facilities such as the customer service centre, libraries and swimming pools remain closed.

Playgrounds, skate parks and water fountains will remain closed off.

There are now more acceptable reasons for leaving your home.

These now include: accessing the supermarket and other services that can safely open, work and school if you have to go, low risk recreation and extended bubble arrangements.

Physical distancing of two metres outside home, or one metre in controlled environments like schools and workplaces.

People can expand bubbles to reconnect with close family, bring in caregivers, or support isolated people.

A wider range of recreation is permitted, including fishing from a wharf or shore (not rocks), surfing, if you are already proficient, and a swim at your local beach.

Businesses can open premises, but must be able to provide a ‘no-contact’ service.

Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga

Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.