COVID-19: UC information on returning to Alert Level 1

The Prime Minister has confirmed that all regions outside of Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 from 6am on Sunday 7 March.

A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders remain closed.

Teaching and learning
Under Alert Level 1, face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume without restriction. 

Events and gatherings can resume without restriction, however we recommend organisers ensure COVID contingencies are built into any future plans, so they’re prepared for all eventualities.

Important advice and guidelines:
While Alert Level 1 means we can return to business as usual, it’s important we remain prepared and ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

  • Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. This is the best thing you can do to prevent any future spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick, you can protect the rest of the UC community by staying at home. If you have cold or flu symptoms, please call your GP or Healthline for advice.
  • Location tracking is still important in Alert Level 1, so when you are on campus, please keep note of where you have been by using the COVID Tracer appto scan into every building and lecture theatre and where possible, activate the Bluetooth tracing functionality.
  • Good habits with face coverings are encouraged, even at Alert Level 1 when they’re no longer compulsory, as they help stop droplets from spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. Find more information on face coverings here>
  • Focus on your hygiene. UC has a robust cleaning schedule in place in all areas on campus, however it’s important that our staff and students continue frequent hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.

Posters and digital screens 
Remember to take down the Alert Level 2 posters and digital screens and replace these with Alert Level 1 designs. These will be available within the next hour here.  

More information
See UC’s COVID-19 Information page for additional information on cleaning, Health Centre guidelines, gatherings and events, links to commonly required information and more.

Click here to see the communication sent to students

Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate, so please be compassionate and kind. We thank all of you for your support and cooperation this week. If you have any questions, please speak to your line manager or email

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together