Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit Update – Monday 4 April 2022

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Today’s update

Changes to the Covid Protection framework from Monday 4 April

Tonight at 11:59 pm there will no longer be a requirement for organisations to use vaccine passes.

The My Vaccine Pass (MVP) requirements are being removed due to the high level of vaccinated New Zealanders and the features of the Omicron variant.

Councils are still able to use the MVP as an entry requirement after April 4 if they choose to, but it will no longer be a government requirement. Any councils that do choose to continue using MVP should reconsider their use in light of this change.

MBIE has provided updated advice on Vaccines and the Workplace.

The Public Service Commission has released updated guidance, it can be found here Public-Service-workforce-guidance-for-the-COVID-19-Protection-Framework.pdf (

A copy of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework and Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2022 is found at

The Prime Minister this afternoon has announced that the country is to remain in the red traffic light setting.

The next review of the traffic light settings is scheduled for 14 April 2022

Updated Guidance

We have updated our guidance to the sector on the changes to the Covid Protection Framework. This is attached and will be added to The Local Government Response Unit webpage.

Taituarā Webinar

Thank you to those who attended the webinar last Thursday. We have included a copy of the presentation from Rebecca Heerdegen from MBIE and have also included a copy of the recording as follows: