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Water safety and COVID-19

New Zealand is at Covid-19 Level 2.

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is urging all New Zealanders to recreate responsibly as the nation works to get the latest COVID-19 outbreak under control.

“This is not a situation anyone wanted but we all have to do our bit and support the government so we can get back to a COVID-19 free New Zealand” says WSNZ CEO Jonty Mills.

Key behaviours to considering when recreating in, on and around water:

  • Maintain physical distancing with people outside your bubble.
  • Remain within your current abilities and don’t pick up new activities.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and contact Healthline or visit your doctor.

“It’s all about limiting risk and keeping people safe and free from potential exposure including our emergency services” says Jonty Mills.

For clarity on what activities are allowed under Alert Level 2, can go to

This website that has been put together by the outdoor recreation sector is your personal outdoor activity guidance website for what recreation is permitted.

Simply select your location and outdoor recreation activity and the website will tell you what you need to know.

Level 2 also means:

  • Gatherings in Auckland will be limited to 10. In the past, level 2 allowed gatherings of up to 100 people. Outside Auckland, this higher limit will still apply.The exception in Auckland is  for funerals and tangihanga, which can have up to 50 people.
  • The second major difference is that masks or face coverings will be compulsory on public transport and planes.

Know the Water Safety Code

If you are taking part in a water based activity remember the water safety code: 

  • Be prepared 

  • Watch out for yourself and others 

  • Be aware of the dangers 

  • Know your limits 

Surf Life Saving New Zealand lifeguards are not on patrol, if you see someone in trouble in the water please dial 111 and ask for the Police. 

“It is time to come together again as the team of five million as we take on COVID-19. We can beat this again if we all recreate responsibly” says Jonty Mills.


For any enquiry you may have about Covid-19 and water safety, you may wish to use the form below.

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