Vape Products - Essential Services
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has reviewed the status of vaping products. This is a huge relief to our customers and provides a clear path forward while our country is at Alert Level 4.
You will not be restricted by only being offered limited brands and flavours from supermarkets and will continue to access the quality products available from reputable NZ online businesses.
As of 8am, 1 April 2020 the following applies to vaping products:
Vaping products, like other “fast-moving consumer goods” are available at supermarkets. Vaping stores must be closed to the public. These products can be purchased online.
For the sale of essential, non-food consumer products, the following applies:
Businesses are able to sell essential non-food consumer products, provided they do so in a way that protects the public and minimises the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
In order to provide essential non-food consumer products, businesses must comply with the following conditions:
- Orders must be taken online or by phone only. Storefronts must not be open and the public should not be able to visit stores to select or collect goods.
- Orders must be for only essential non-food consumer products.
- In fulfilling orders, businesses must take all appropriate public health measures (eg physical distancing, hygiene basics, appropriate personal protective equipment for staff).
- Orders must be home delivered in a contactless way (ie there is no physical interaction between the deliverer and customer).
- The business must inform MBIE of its intention to offer essential non-food products for sale, and provide a list of the products they intend to offer. (See below for more information on how to do this.)
If businesses cannot meet any of the above conditions, they should not offer to sell essential goods while the country is at Alert Level 4.
Businesses will need to form a judgment as to which of their products are genuinely essential. We expect businesses and households to act responsibly when they decide what these essential goods might be. New Zealanders are relying on each other to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. We expect businesses to minimise their product offerings and households to only order goods that are absolutely necessary. If businesses are too generous in their interpretation of what is essential or flout these rules, Government will take further action.