Omicron Phase 2 

15 February 2022.

The Government announced yesterday afternoon that from 11.59pm tonight, New Zealand will move into Omicron Phase 2. Phase 2 changes the isolation requirements for positive cases and close contacts.  A summary of these changes is below:

Isolation and Contact Tracing Changes in Phase 2
In Phase 2, isolation requirements reduce:

COVID-19 Positive
If you are COVID-19 positive: You will have to self-isolate for 10 days (down from 14 days in Phase 1). This also applies to household contacts. If a household contact tests positive during the initial isolation period, they will need to isolate for additional 10 days from testing positive. Household contacts will need to be tested on Day 3 and Day 8. Contact tracing with positive cases will be done electronically, by completing an online form with your close contacts and needs you may have during isolation. 

Close Contacts
Close Contacts, such as those who have been exposed to a COVID-19 case but have not tested positive themselves (excluding household contacts) will need to isolate for 7 days (down from 10 days in Phase 1). You will need to be tested on Day 5. Close contacts may be notified by text, push notification or Bluetooth alert. 

Detailed information on what Phase 2 means can be found here.

Please continue to keep physically distanced where possible, and scan QR codes wherever you go. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice. Also continue to check the locations of interest. Confirmed locations of interest can be found here

You can refer to the email we sent yesterday for further information on the Three Phase Plan for Omicron, the Close Contact Exemption Scheme and the Bubble of One.

Other Resources


CHASNZ have provided health and safety information for construction during COVID. Resources can be found here

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Master Builders is here 24/7 to support our members. We are continuing to provide our member counselling service, available anytime if you need support. You can call 0508 664 981 and be connected with professional, qualified support. Find out more here.

We understand this is a stressful time for many people. Please visit the Mates in Construction website for more information or call the national Telehealth Service on 1737. 

Stay Safe. Kia Kaha. 

David Kelly