COVID-19: Reduce risk, stay safe

We have been here before and we know how to support each other through it. Auckland is temporarily back in Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand is in Level 2. Let's all take a bit of extra care to keep ourselves and our whānau safe. If you are experiencing a cough, a high temperature (at least 38°C) or shortness of breath, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) immediately.  For more information visit

  • Focus on what you can do – you don’t have to be perfect right now.
  • Stay connected with people who care about you and people who can provide support.
  • Addiction and support services are still available.
  • Be careful with hygiene – wash hands, don’t share, make sure that where, what you use, and what you use with is clean.

If you or someone in your household decides to use alcohol or other drugs, or change their use during this period, look at this information on how to stay safer, manage withdrawal symptoms, maintain recovery, and support others. We are working with addiction treatment services and other organisations to make sure we keep this page updated with accurate and relevant public health information.

For specific advice around alcohol and other drugs call the Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797).

Last updated: 12/08/20