Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions being asked regarding how to stay active during lockdown.

What can I do to stay active during Alert Level 4?

Just because you need to stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. There are a number of indoor activities you can do, or you can learn a new activity by watching videos on YouTube or similar. You can also take part in outdoor activities with your household in your backyard - like backyard soccer or cricket – just be careful your ball doesn’t go into the neighbour’s house as they won’t be able to touch it or return it.

Can I go to the local park with my family/household unit?

Yes, you can walk to a local park but you need to keep your distance from others who may also be using the park.

Whenever you are out and about be extremely careful of ‘high touch items’ like handrails, avoid touching these and if you can’t avoid it, wash or sanitise your hands before touching your face or eating.

Ensure you:

  • Don’t meet people who are not in your household to go for a walk, to the park, or do any other non-essential activity.
  • If you see people while you’re out and about, give them a happy smile, say hello and check they’re ok as you pass them, but don’t stop to talk unless there is an emergency. Maintain 2 metres physical distancing when you see other people.
  • Make sure you tell someone in your household where you’re going and how long you plan to be gone for - take a cell phone with you so you can be contacted or contact others if you need to.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands once you return home.
Can I use the playground at my local park with my family/household unit?

No, touching or using playground equipment may spread COVID-19, therefore you are advised to stay off the equipment.

Can I go for a walk along my local beach with my family/household unit?

If a beach is in your local area you can visit the beach as long as you keep your distance from other people. You can’t go to the beach if you need to use your car or public transport to get there – you can only use these for essential travel. Unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Can I go walking in the bush with my family/household unit?

If a short bush walk is in your local area you can do it but you need to stick within your limits. Try to do walks you have done before and can feel confident you won’t run into issues with.

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get lost or require search and rescue.

You can’t use your car or public transport to get there – you can only use these for essential travel. Unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Can I go for a swim in the ocean/river with my family/household unit?

If a beach or river is in your local area you can go as long as you keep your distance from other people while there.

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to not put themselves in a situation where they could unintentionally end up needing emergency services. This includes swimming. It’s not advised to go to the beach or river alone because if you run into difficulty there may not be others there to raise the alarm; try to take people from your household with you.

You can’t go to the beach or river if you need to use your car or public transport to get there – you can only use these for essential travel. Unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get into difficulty or require search and rescue.

Can I go cycling on the road?

Yes, as long as you keep your distance from others.

Whenever you are out and about be extremely careful of ‘high touch items’ like handrails, avoid touching these and if you can’t avoid it, wash or sanitise your hands before touching your face or eating.

Ensure you:

  • Don’t meet people who are not in your household to go for a walk, to the park, or do any other non-essential activity.
  • If you see people while you’re out and about, give them a happy smile, say hello and check they’re ok as you pass them, but don’t stop to talk unless there is an emergency. Maintain 2 metres physical distancing when you see other people.
  • Make sure you tell someone in your household where you’re going and how long you plan to be gone for — take a cell phone with you so you can be contacted or contact others if you need to.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands once you return home.
Can I go Mountain Biking?

You can ride your bike on the road, or in local parks, as long as you keep your distance from others. Riding on trails isn’t advised. If you need to use your car or public transport to get your bike where you’re going to ride it – you can’t. You can only use your car or public transport for essential travel. Unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Can I go fishing off a wharf, rocks or a beach?

Fish and Game New Zealand are urging all anglers and hunters to do the right thing and stay at home while New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level Four.

In addition, NZSAR want to ensure that emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need. Fishing and hunting, even close to home, inherently carry a degree of risk and it is important for anglers and hunters not to further burden our emergency services and healthcare system.

Can I go out on the boat or kayak?

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get lost or require search and rescue.  Therefore, it is advisable not to go out in a boat or kayaking during this time. If you run into difficulty, there may not be others at the beach to raise the alarm.

Can I do all other ocean sports?  For example jet skiing, wind surfing, surfing, rowing?

New Zealand Search and Rescue is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get lost or require search and rescue.  Therefore, it is advisable not to do recreational water sports during this time. If you run into difficulty, there may not be others at the beach to raise the alarm.

Can I drive to a park or the beach outside of my neighbourhood and go for a walk?

You can’t go to the beach or park if you need to use your car or public transport to get there – you can only use these for essential travel. Unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Can I go to the local school?

You shouldn’t go to the local school.

Can I go and play tennis or bowls at a club if there is no one else there?

No. All clubs, courts and all places where the public congregates which are not essential services must be closed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.