Hamilton is at 'orange'

Hamilton is at 'orange' of the Government's COVID-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as the traffic light system.

At orange, there is community transmission which has the potential to cause pressure on the health system. While we can continue our everyday activities and services, we have extra safety measures in place to keep the at-risk and vulnerable of our community safe and protected.

You can read more about life at orange, and the Government's COVID-19 Protection Framework here.

Remember to:

  • Wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or Covid-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.

The golden rules for orange:


Vaccinations are widely considered one of the best ways to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19. At orange, there are no restrictions or limits on gatherings if vaccination requirements are followed. Read more about the My Vaccine Pass at Council facilities.

On 30 November 2021, Council agreed to make the My Vaccine Pass a condition of entry for the following public facilities: 

  • Hamilton City Libraries
  • H3 facilities including Claudelands Events Centre, FMG Stadium and Seddon Park
  • Hamilton Pools
  • Hamilton Zoo
  • Waikato Museum, ArtsPost and i-SITE
  • Hamilton Park Cemetery chapels and offices 
  • Te Rapa Sportsdrome
  • Enderley Community Centre
  • Information Centre, café, and enclosed gardens at Hamilton Gardens
  • Customer Service Centre
  • Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.

The change comes into effect at H3 and Hamilton Pools on 3 December (from 2pm onwards) and other facilities from 14 December. From these dates onwards, you will be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass before entering these facilities.

This is to keep our community safe and protected from COVID-19 while maintaining our services.

Face coverings

Face coverings are required inside public facilities and in areas where physical distancing is not possible. This is to keep you, your whaanau, and our community safe.

If you have a health-related exemption, please let our staff know. You must be able to provide evidence of this.

Wherever possible, we have contactless services available (e.g. Click and Collect at our libraries) so customers have the option of accessing services without entering facilities.

Physical distancing

To keep you and your whaanau safe from COVID-19, we encourage you to keep a 1m distance from people you do not know.

Keep a record of where you go

Make sure you sign into our facilities, using either manual sign-in sheets or the NZ COVID Tracer app.. This will help make sure you can be quickly and easily contacted if you have been at the same place as a person infected with COVID-19. 

Stay home if you're unwell

It's important you stay home and get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Self-isolate until you receive a negative test to stop any potential spread of the virus. This is to protect the wider community.

Page reviewed: 21 Dec 2021 8:08am