Updated: 17 June 2022

Information about the COVID-19 Protection Framework (also known as the traffic light settings) for bodies corporate, unit title owners and tenants.

New Zealand is currently at the orange traffic light setting.

If you’d like to know more about what the current setting means for you, please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Unite Against COVID-19(external link)

Information and guidance for landlords and tenants is also available on the Tenancy Services website.

Covid-19 information for landlords and tenants(external link) — Tenancy Services

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, bodies corporate should consider taking the following measures under all traffic light settings:

  • Encourage residents and visitors to maintain physical distance and use face masks when they are outside of the unit/apartment.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common areas such as door handles, lift buttons and stair rails.
  • Provide hand sanitiser at building entrances.
  • Provide QR codes at the building entrances for contact tracing purposes.

Self-isolation

Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, and everyone who lives with them, needs to isolate from the community to help stop the spread of the virus.

Do not invite people to your home if you or anyone in your household is unwell or self-isolating.

Tenants are under no obligation to tell their landlord if they are self-isolating or sick with COVID-19.

If a tradesperson is required to go to a unit/apartment to carry out repairs while a tenant is self-isolating, the tenant should advise the landlord or tradesperson that they are self-isolating or unwell.

Visitors

the orange traffic light setting, visitors providing a business or service at the building/complex may be required to wear a face mask (for example, a close-proximity business such as a hairdresser).

Visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website for more information.

Unite Against COVID-19(external link)

Communal areas and gatherings

Communal areas

If shared indoor facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, are used exclusively by residents and their guests, the rules for gatherings may apply.

At the orange traffic light setting, there are no limits on the number of people who can attend an indoor or outdoor gathering. People are not required to wear a face mask, but it is encouraged.

Bodies corporate should consider having a separate QR code for each shared facility (instead of using one QR code for the whole building/complex).

Gatherings

If a resident is hosting a get-together or party in their own unit, or in the common areas of a building/complex, they must follow the rules for gatherings.  

People sharing gyms or other shared facilities may be considered a gathering if the facilities are only open to residents and their guests.

An in-person body corporate or committee meeting is deemed to be a gathering under the COVID-19 protection framework.

At orange, workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks, unless they have an exemption.

The rules for attending a gathering under each traffic light setting can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Unite Against COVID-19(external link)

Remote attendance at general meetings

A temporary amendment was made to the Unit Titles Act 2010 (UTA) allowing members of a body corporate or a body corporate committee to attend meetings by audio or audio-visual link.

The amendment currently applies until 9 December 2022.