COVID-19 Protection Framework Setting

The Government has announced that Aotearoa New Zealand has moved to a new long-term approach to managing COVID-19. From Monday 12 September 2022 at 11.59pm, the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) is no longer in effect.

Education providers should refer to recent Bulletin updates (see links that follow) which outline the new long-term approach to managing COVID-19. Prior COVID-19 Protection Framework advice is published on this page below for information only.


COVID-19 Protection Framework – Specialised guidelines for the Secondary-Tertiary Interface

These COVID-19 Protection Framework (Framework) guidelines were developed to support delivery arrangements across the secondary-tertiary interface and for workplace-based learning, including for:

Specific delivery arrangements at each traffic light setting are at the discretion of schools and tertiary providers, responding to the risks relevant to their communities (e.g., if COVID-19 is widespread, isolated to individual schools, vaccination rates of community, etc.), and applying the appropriate health measures and Framework setting requirements. Schools will determine if the risks are too high to send their students to any externally delivered course.

All decisions about staff and students must be in line with public health requirements in school and tertiary settings.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the traffic light setting for your area please go to the Unite against COVID-19 website (

Please note, these guidelines are subject to change.

For further information:


The sections below provide COVID-19 Protection Framework guidelines for all levels, and specific advice at each setting.

Requirements at all COVID-19 Protection Framework settings

Specific guidance for the COVID-19 Protection Framework Green setting

Specific guidance at the COVID-19 Protection Framework Orange setting

Specific guidance at the COVID-19 Protection Framework Red settings