COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

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Version as at 15 December 2022

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

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

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
9Requirements for making COVID-19 orders under section 11
10Director-General may make COVID-19 orders [Repealed]
11Orders that can be made under this Act
11ACompensation or payment relating to requisitions [Repealed]
11AARequirements for making COVID-19 orders under section 11AB [Repealed]
11ABOrders that can be made under this Act relating to specified work [Repealed]
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 revoked if not approved by House of Representatives
17COVID-19 orders to be disallowable instruments [Repealed]
17AApplication of this subpart [Repealed]
17BDuty to keep vaccination records [Repealed]
17CDuty to prevent affected worker from carrying out specified work unless vaccinated [Repealed]
17DDuty not to carry out specified work unless vaccinated, exempt, or authorised [Repealed]
17EDuty to provide information of vaccination status [Repealed]
17FDuty to update information [Repealed]
18Authorised enforcement persons
19Evidence of identity
20Powers of entry
21Power to give directions
22Power to close roads and public places and stop vehicles [Repealed]
23Power to direct person to provide identifying information
23APower to direct person to produce evidence of compliance with specified measure [Repealed]
24Power to direct business or undertaking to close
25Directions may be given verbally or in writing
26Offences and infringement offences
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32APurpose of subpart [Repealed]
32BMIQF costs subject to recovery [Repealed]
32CCriteria for cost recovery [Repealed]
32DMethods of cost recovery [Repealed]
32EPersons in respect of whom prescribed charges payable [Repealed]
32FExemptions, waivers, and refunds [Repealed]
32GPayment of charge [Repealed]
32HExpress authorisation for purpose of section 65K of Public Finance Act 1989 [Repealed]
32IPrescribed charges to constitute debt due to Crown [Repealed]
32JInterpretation [Repealed]
32KChief executive responsible for operation of managed isolation allocation system [Repealed]
32LApportionment between allocations [Repealed]
32MOnline allocations [Repealed]
32NOffline allocations for individuals and groups [Repealed]
32OAmendment and cancellation of allocations [Repealed]
32PRestrictions on movement within MIQFs or other places of isolation or quarantine [Repealed]
32QChief executive may make rules [Repealed]
32RPower to hold things [Repealed]
32SComplaints process relating to management of MIQFs [Repealed]
32TPersons in respect of whom charges are payable to provide contact details [Repealed]
33ARegulations relating to cost recovery [Repealed]
33AARegulations may prescribe assessment tool [Repealed]
33ABPCBU may conduct work assessment [Repealed]
33BIncorporation of material by reference in COVID-19 orders
33CAvailability and proof of material incorporated by reference
34Protection of persons acting under authority of this Act
34AProtection of contact tracing information
34BProtection of evidence collected or obtained for purpose of determining whether person has complied with Act or COVID-19 order
34CBreach of section 34A or 34B constitutes interference with privacy of individual under Privacy Act 2020
35Amendments to Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 [Repealed]
36Section 66 amended (Minister may declare state of national emergency) [Repealed]
37Section 68 amended (Declaration of state of local emergency) [Repealed]
38Section 94B amended (Notice of local transition period) [Repealed]
39Section 94E amended (Termination of transition periods) [Repealed]
40Amendment to Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 [Repealed]
41Section 272 amended (Jurisdiction of Youth Court and children’s liability to be prosecuted for criminal offences) [Repealed]

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: