COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

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Version as at 26 November 2021

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
11Orders that can be made under this Act
11ACompensation or payment relating to requisitions
11AARequirements for making COVID-19 orders under section 11AB
11ABOrders that can be made under this Act relating to specified work
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17COVID-19 orders to be disallowable instruments [Repealed]
17AApplication of this subpart
17BDuty to keep vaccination records
17CDuty to prevent affected worker from carrying out specified work unless vaccinated
17DDuty not to carry out specified work unless vaccinated, exempt, or authorised
17EDuty to provide information of vaccination status
17FDuty to update information
18Authorised enforcement 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
23APower to direct person to produce evidence of compliance with specified measure
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
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
32KChief executive responsible for operation of managed isolation allocation system
32LApportionment between allocations
32MOnline allocations
32NOffline allocations for individuals and groups
32OAmendment and cancellation of allocations
32PRestrictions on movement within MIQFs or other places of isolation or quarantine
32QChief executive may make rules
32RPower to hold things
32SComplaints process relating to management of MIQFs
32TPersons in respect of whom charges are payable to provide contact details
33ARegulations relating to cost recovery
33AARegulations may prescribe assessment tool
33ABPCBU may conduct work assessment
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 is vaccinated or 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
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)

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: