Top tips for safe shopping

Photo of shopperWe’ve done this before, and we can do it again – says New World.  Actually, they said a lot of good stuff recently.  Here are some tips while out shopping during level 2:

Download the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app
All New World stores will have the NZ Covid-19 Tracer app QR code displayed at entrances. “…please scan the QR code and follow the prompts to register. This is to keep you safe in the event the Ministry of Health needs to implement contact tracing.”

You can download the App on the Google Play store or App store.

Please wear a mask
“Outside Auckland the advice is to wear face coverings when in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult, as such we advise that you consider wearing a face mask or covering in our store.”

Continue to #shopnormal
This is the best way to ensure no unnecessary pressure is put on the supply chain. “Please buy what you need, as you need it. Our teams have got your back – help us by being kind to one another because we know how to do this. Keep your distance, sanitise and use good hand washing techniques and most of all, remember your safety comes first for us.

We have an incredibly robust supply chain, but some limits may apply at your local store on high demand products. Shop normal and buy as you normally would.”

Shopping online at New World
Our online shopping systems are experiencing a significant increase in demand. Our teams are working tirelessly to keep up with customer orders, however, please do shop instore if you are able, to ensure slots are available for those who are self-isolating.

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information
We will be sharing regular updates on how to shop safely in store during the Covid-19 Lockdown on our Facebook page.

How to shop safely in-store

  • Nominate one person in your household to do the grocery shop

This allows us to limit the number of customers in store and maintain safe physical distancing.

  • Keep 2 metre social distancing

This is to keep you, our staff and other customers safe.

  • Hygiene and Sanitisation

Use the trolley sanitisation wipes and hand sanitiser available in stores. We’ve also increased sanitisation and safety measures to keep you safe.

  • Please do not bring your reusable bags in-store

To limit customers time in store, we ask that you leave your bags in the car or outside and pack your groceries from your basket or trolley once you have left the store.




Waikato District Council is operating under the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines, but is also preparing for any possible move in alert levels. They say:


The district’s rubbish and recycling services continues as normal but it’s even more important to sort and rinse your recycling – separate your glass from your tin and plastics and make sure it’s all nice and clean. At this stage, the district’s inorganic rubbish collection continues as planned.

As some may be aware, there are a number of police checkpoints in the northern parts of the Waikato district. These are in place to ensure only essential travel to and from Auckland.

If you need financial assistance, ring Work and Income on 0800 559 009. If you need other support or aren’t sure who to talk to, call the Government Helpline on 0800 779 997.

Tips for life at Level 2:

  • Don’t panic buy. Waikato businesses are open with social distancing in place. Shop normally so others can do the same
  • Keep a 2 metre physical distance and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces
  • Food, medicine, healthcare and essential services will always be available
  • If you have cold or flu like symptoms call your Doctor or the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453
  • All New Zealanders should wear a mask on public transport or where physical distancing is difficult
  • Some of the country’s most vulnerable residents live in our rest homes, help keep them safe and do not visit them at this time
  • Contact tracing is an essential to stopping the spread. All New Zealanders need to keep a record of where you have been to allow faster contact tracing. Use the COVID-19 tracer app if you can, or make a note of where you’ve been
  • Businesses should have a QR code displayed so customers can be traced quickly if required. Get it here.
  • The alert levels will be reviewed before midnight Friday once more information is available

The most up to date information and guidance can be found here.




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