TAB takes steps after new alert levels announced

21 March 2020

The TAB is taking steps in response to new measures to tackle COVID-19 announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today. Information on the Alert Levels can be found at

The TAB continues to follow Government advice and the measures outlined below align with the Alert Level 2 requirements.

What it means for our people

  • All TAB staff who have the ability to work from home will so with immediate effect
  • For some of our essential services teams the TAB will be mandating shift-based working and flexible leave arrangements. 
  • For those who have a requirement to be in a TAB Office or any TAB workplace, physical distancing must be observed at all times, high levels of hygiene must be maintained and if they are unwell, they are not to come in. 

At risk people
The TAB is also taking steps to protect our vulnerable people with all people considered to be at risk, and will need to stay at home, including

  • Over 70 years old
  • People with medical conditions - In particular, people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes
  • People undergoing a treatment for cancer and blood conditions
  • Pregnant women 
  • Residents of aged care facilities
  • Migrant and refugee community

Changing how our people get around

  • The TAB is taking steps to minimise our peoples’ travel
  • Travel is being limited around the country. This means cutting all non-essential domestic travel. 
  • For our people in Media & International (including Trackside), Oncourse and some others, travelling for work is classed as essential travel so it will be business as usual for the time being. 
  • Staff who use public transport or are in a fleet vehicle are being encouraged to try to keep a safe distance from others. 

Like many New Zealanders, this will be a stressful time for many of our people. All of our leaders have been briefed and can address any questions and concerns our people may have.