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All COVID-19 requirements removed

Effective from 12:01am Tuesday 15 August, the 7 day mandatory isolation period, and wearing of face masks for visitors in healthcare facilities, was removed.
Mask wearing remains an important way we can prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.  Please respect a healthcare facility/hospital's policy on mask wearing when visiting as you may be asked to wear a mask in particular situations or locations within a healthcare facility to help protect those at higher risk.

COVID-19 testing in Hawke's Bay

It's important that you get tested, even if you are fully vaccinated as vaccinated people can get mild symptoms.

Please get tested if:

  • you are feeling unwell with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild the symptoms
  • you are a Household Contact of a positive case.

How do I get a test?

Find up-to-date information about how to access free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) here

Reporting your result

See here for information about how to report your RAT results. 

Hawke's Bay case update

Click here to see the latest Hawke's Bay case update, updated weekly

COVID-19 vaccination information

Click here for Hawke's Bay COVID-19 vaccine clinic information

For information about COVID-19 vaccines see here

Current visitor policy

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Te Matau a Māui Hawke’s Bay hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

Read our current visitor policy, information and hours here.

Look after yourself

It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing as well as your physical health. It is okay to feel stressed or anxious.

For advice about taking care of yourself visit the COVID-19 Health Hub.

Welfare and mental health support

It’s OK to ask for help. 

For welfare support see COVID-19-support.

Mental health support 

The following apps, e-therapy tools, offer practical mental health support:

  • Mentemia, developed by mental health advocate Sir John Kirwan and entrepreneur Adam Clark, contains practical tips and techniques to help take control of your mental wellbeing.
  • Melon provides a health journal, resources and self awareness tools to help people manage their emotional wellbeing.
  • Staying on Track uses cognitive behavioural therapy to develop practical strategies to cope with stress and disruption to everyday life from COVID-19.
  • Sparklers at home  - tools for parents called to help them talk with their primary-school aged children about their own mental health.
  • Trouble in your Bubble – some great ideas to cope in stressful times from Le Va.
  • Find  more resources on