Public events and entertainment

Advice about attending large events and using public facilities at each of the Alert Levels.

Events and entertainment at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, there are no restrictions on the number of people who can attend a large event or gathering. You can hold events both indoors and outdoors. All public facilities such as libraries, museums and cinemas can open.

You can travel to attend events in another town or city.

You can continue to attend events and gatherings after you have been vaccinated.

Scan in and help keep everyone safe

You can do your part to keep you, your whānau and friends safe and reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19. We encourage you to:

  • use the NZ COVID Tracer App to keep track of where you have been and turn on Bluetooth tracing
  • stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after you leave home.

If you have been vaccinated, we encourage you to keep up good health behaviours such as washing your hands and signing in using the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Advice for event organisers and venue managers

All event organisers legally must display a QR code poster to help people keep track of where they have been.

If an event is either indoors or outdoors and in one defined space, you can use one QR code for the event.

If the event is spread out across sites, we recommend having separate QR codes for each business or exhibit. You should also use an event QR code at entrances to help people sign in.

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Events and entertainment at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, events can go ahead but with restrictions. 

Events can only have a maximum of 100 people in any defined space. Workers providing services to the event are not included in the 100 person limit.

If you're providing food and drinks at an event, everyone must be seated to be served. 

All event facilities need to assess how many people can be safely inside their venue while keeping 1 metre apart. This may mean that some venues and events may allow less than 100 people to attend.

If you go to an event, you legally must keep 1 metre apart from people you do not know. We recommend wearing a face covering if physical distancing is difficult. 

Event organisers and venues such as cinemas may alternate occupied seats with vacant seats to support you to physically distance. Please follow the venue's safety measures and stay in your allocated seat. 

Even if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to keep 1 metre apart from others, sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, and stay home if you're sick.

Travelling to an event

At Alert Level 2, you can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 1 or 2 to attend a concert, conference, sports game or any other public event. If the event is in an Alert Level 2 region, the 100 person limit applies.

Remember to keep a record of who you have been in contact with, and what transport services you used. 

When you are out and about, try to keep a 2 metre distance from people you do not know. 

If you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know, we encourage you to wear a face covering.

Contact tracing

Event organisers legally must display the NZ COVID Tracer app QR code, and have an alternate contact tracing system. 

Defined spaces for events

A defined space is a single indoor or outdoor space separated from other spaces.

If a place has more than 1 defined space, then people should not intermingle between the defined spaces. This includes when entering, leaving, or going to the bathroom. It does not include workers.

Public facilities at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, public facilities such as libraries, swimming pools, cinemas and museums can open. 

If people can safely maintain 1 metre physical distance, there is no limit on how many people can be inside. Some facilities may choose to limit the number of visitors to meet physical distancing requirements. Please follow the instructions of the facility you go to, and be prepared to queue. 

If you go to a public facility:

  • you legally must keep 1 metre physical distance from people you do not know. We recommend wearing a face covering if you are in a space where physical distancing is difficult
  • sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • wash or sanitise your hands after using shared equipment.

If you are feeling unwell, stay home and call Healthline or your GP for advice. 

Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should still stay home if you are feeling unwell. Staying home will help protect you, your whānau, friends and community. 

Events and entertainment at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, we all need to stay home. Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe. 

All entertainment venues legally must close. The only gatherings allowed at Alert Level 3 are weddings, funerals and tangihanga, up to a maximum of 10 people.  

All public facilities and attractions such as museums, cinemas, libraries and swimming pools must close. 

Funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 3

Meeting friends and whānau at Alert Level 3

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