Coronavirus: What we know is allowed under alert level 2

New Zealand could move to alert level 2 as soon as next week, and the exact details of what will be allowed under this change will be revealed on Thursday.

Cabinet is meeting on Monday to decide whether the levels will change, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the shift won't be immediate once the announcement is made - and Kiwis will be given notice to prepare.

While the specifics are still under wraps and a level 2 moving date isn't set in stone, there are some details that we already know.

The Government's COVID-19 website says level 2 is where the disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains.

How will businesses operate?

Most businesses can reopen for staff and customers as long as physical distancing of one metre is in place.

Alternative ways of working are encouraged for staff, including remote working, physical distancing, shift-based work, staggered meal breaks and having flexible leave.

Can we have gatherings?

Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors are allowed, but there must be physical distancing of one metre and appropriate contact tracing in place.

Any public venues that do open must comply with the rules on gatherings and ensure there are public health measures in place.

Will students be able to attend school?

Schools and early childhood centres can reopen and distance learning should be made available for anyone who can't attend school, such as those who are self-isolating.

Can we attend weddings and funerals?

The limits and restrictions on gatherings apply to weddings, funerals and tangihanga. Even at alert level 3, only gatherings of up to 10 are allowed at weddings, funerals and tangihanga.

Currently at level 3, only gatherings of up to 10 are allowed at these events.

How far can you travel?

People are still advised to avoid all non-essential inter-regional travel and are asked to keep their movements local. Those who travel locally on public transport need to keep a distance of one metre from other passengers.

Can you play sports?

Sport and recreation is allowed only if the conditions on gatherings are met, physical distancing is followed and travel is local.

What should high-risk people do?

Anyone who's at high risk of severe illness - such as older people and those with existing medical conditions - is encouraged to stay at home where possible, and extra precautions should be taken if they do leave.