COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

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Reprint as at 6 August 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

Public Act
2020 No 12
Date of assent
13 May 2020
see section 2

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.


3Repeal of this Act
6Transitional, savings, and related provisions
7Act binds the Crown
8Prerequisites for all COVID-19 orders
9Minister may make COVID-19 orders
10Director-General may make COVID-19 orders
11Orders that can be made under this Act
12General provisions relating to COVID-19 orders
13Effect of COVID-19 orders
14Form, publication, and duration of COVID-19 orders
15Amendment or extension of COVID-19 orders
16COVID-19 order made by Minister revoked if not approved by House of Representatives
17COVID-19 orders to be disallowable instruments
18Authorised persons
19Evidence of identity
20Powers of entry
21Power to give directions
22Power to close roads and public places and stop vehicles
23Power to direct person to provide identifying information
24Power to direct business or undertaking to close
25Directions may be given verbally or in writing
26Offences relating to compliance with orders
27Offences relating to exercise of enforcement powers
28Proceedings for infringement offences
29Who may issue infringement notices
30Infringement notices
31Reminder notices
32Payment of infringement fees
32APurpose of subpart
32BMIQF costs subject to recovery
32CCriteria for cost recovery
32DMethods of cost recovery
32EPersons in respect of whom prescribed charges payable
32FExemptions, waivers, and refunds
32GPayment of charge
32HExpress authorisation for purpose of section 65K of Public Finance Act 1989
32IPrescribed charges to constitute debt due to Crown
33ARegulations relating to cost recovery
34Protection of persons acting under authority of this Act
35Amendments to Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002
36Section 66 amended (Minister may declare state of national emergency)
37Section 68 amended (Declaration of state of local emergency)
38Section 94B amended (Notice of local transition period)
39Section 94E amended (Termination of transition periods)
40Amendment to Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
41Section 272 amended (Jurisdiction of Youth Court and children’s liability to be prosecuted for criminal offences)
Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: