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23 March 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update – Government Asks Commerce Commission For Flexibility

As we all work together as a nation and industry to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help protect our people, United Fresh will continue to provide updates for our industry to assist with business continuity.


Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19

The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.

“The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide things like grocery products and other essential goods and services to New Zealanders in a fair and equitable way,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said.


On Saturday our Prime Minister announced that New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2.

Alert Level 2 means that COVID-19 is contained, but risk of community transmission is growing because we have more cases. This is when we need to focus on slowing down the spread by reducing contact with one another. There are increased border measures and events are cancelled. Those who can work from home should do so and everyone should cancel unnecessary travel.

Read more about Alert Level 2 here

Self-isolate if you experience any of the following symptoms: fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath.

If you self-isolate, you should register with the Ministry at

For more information on self-isolation go to

For up-to-date advice from the Ministry of Health go to or phone 0800 358 5453.

The Ministry of Education is continuing to assess the need for our schools to remain open and closures will only occur if there is anyone at the school who tests positive. Go to to stay up-to-date.

If your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a government wage subsidy. Go to for more information.

If you are a worker, you should be making arrangements with your employer to work from home if it is possible. Click HERE for more information.