Community groups, clubs and societies

All groups need to take precautions to protect their members against COVID-19.

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Alert Level 2 advice for groups, clubs and societies

Community groups, clubs and societies can gather for events at Alert Level 2 if you:

  • have no more than 100 people in each defined space excluding staff, for example clergy
  • keep high hygiene standards
  • keep attendees who do not know each other 1 metre apart
  • record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be done if necessary — but you don’t need to do this if each person at the gathering knows everyone.

Social gatherings include family events, religious services and public meetings.

Food and drink consumption is fine at gatherings. It should be prepared carefully and served individually, not from a buffet.

If a club operates with a club licence to sell alcohol, then it must follow hospitality requirements.

You cannot participate in any gatherings or events if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation/quarantine for any reason.

More information about gatherings, events and defined spaces

More information about hospitality requirements

Alert Level 3 advice for groups, clubs and societies

Gatherings of people create a high risk of transmitting COVID-19. Permitted gatherings are very limited at Alert Level 3. Up to 10 people can gather only for:

  • funerals and tangihanga
  • wedding ceremonies, not receptions.

No other indoor or outdoor events can proceed.

This means groups like clubs or societies cannot meet physically. They can, of course, meet by teleconference or videoconference.

To maintain momentum in eliminating COVID-19 gatherings must be kept to a minimum. This will mean the risk of community transmission stays low and our gains from Alert Level 4 aren’t compromised.

Funeral and tangi rules

Supporting people who work at NGOs and charities

Advice for community groups, clubs and societies

Alert Level 4 advice for groups, clubs and societies

All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed.

This does not include the workplaces of people undertaking essential businesses.

These requirements apply to all community gatherings as well as family and social gatherings, such as birthdays, funerals, tangihanga or weddings. These gatherings cannot go ahead.

We are asking you to only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with, and keep your distance from all others at all times.

More information about events and gatherings

Guidelines for community organisations working with volunteers at Alert Level 4 [PDF, 368 KB]

Supporting people who work at NGOs and charities

Advice for community groups, clubs and societies

Community planning

Connect with planning going on in your local community around COVID-19. Your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group may be able to help give advice for your group.  

Connect with them at Civil Defence (external link)

Information about COVID-19

Place tips and advice about COVID-19 in obvious and visible places, including health tips and where to go for help and advice.

How to slow the spread

  • Ensure surfaces that are frequently touched — such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, equipment, electronics and doorknobs — are cleaned frequently and thoroughly with disinfectant.
  • Ensure there are appropriate handwashing facilities, tissues and lined containers for the safe disposal of used tissues available
  • Wherever possible design spaces so that physical distancing is possible, for example, ensuring good audio and video is available.
  • Develop a communication plan to contact staff, volunteers and attendees whenever updates are needed.
  • Identify actions to take to postpone or cancel events, programmes for groups at greater risk — such as people aged over 70 or vulnerable.
  • Ensure staff, volunteers and those using the space are aware of these health steps, and of the importance of following them.
  • Ensure staff, volunteers and attendees follow the simple steps.
  • If you see or hear people or groups being picked on because of racism or discrimination, call it out. Fighting COVID-19 requires us all to unite as one.

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