What are essential services?


The Government has revealed the list of jobs and services deemed “essential” and therefore not required to be in lockdown for the next four weeks.

The list includes border agencies, media, people in building and construction, court staff and bank workers.

Some healthcare professionals are considered essential, as are people who work in public safety and local and national government.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, essential businesses are those that support people and provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand.

This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available, MBIE says. This list may, however, evolve over time.

These businesses will continue working but will put in place alternative ways of working to keep employees safe, including shift-based working, staggered meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements and physical distancing. That means all non-essential businesses and services must shut their doors within the next 48 hours.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said essential services included supermarkets, banks, GPs, pharmacies, service stations, couriers and other important frontline service providers.

Public transport will only be open to those working in essential services, for medical reasons, or to move essential goods services between the North and South Islands.

The New Zealand Herald