Gatherings and events

Advice about gatherings, events, public facilities and other types of gatherings.

Do not go to any gatherings or attend public events if you:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • if you need to be in isolation for any reason.

Social gatherings, events and public facilities at Alert Level 1

There is no limit on the number of people who can attend a social gathering or event or enter a public facility at Alert Level 1. 

Workplaces and businesses legally must display a QR code poster to help you keep track of where you’ve been. We recommend you use the NZ COVID Tracer app to do this, or another way that works for you.

You can also print off QR codes for private events like social gatherings at your home. This isn’t mandatory, but we encourage you to do so.

Get your QR code poster

Stay safe at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, we still need to play it safe. We all need to be ready in case COVID-19 comes back into the community.

To be ready at Alert Level 1:

  • practise good hygiene
  • stay home if you’re sick
  • get tested if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms
  • keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Get more advice on living at Alert Level 1, including keeping your distance, wearing face coverings and contact tracing for businesses

Social gatherings at Alert Level 2

Social gatherings can go ahead at Alert Level 2 with up to 100 people in a defined space. You can have guests over to your home, but the 100 person limit applies. This includes people who usually live in your house.

Workers providing services to a social gathering are not included in the 100 person limit. 

Social gatherings include:

  • having guests over to your home
  • family events
  • weddings
  • funerals and tangihanga
  • religious services
  • community club and sport activities
  • private functions like a birthday party or stag do.

Funeral and tangihanga requirements

Religious community advice

Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands and maintain safe physical distancing where possible. If you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know, we encourage you to wear a face covering.

Contact tracing

The person organising the gathering legally must record attendees to make sure contact tracing can happen if needed. At a social gathering you do not need to do this if every person at the gathering knows each other. To play it safe, keep records even if everyone knows each other.

Venue hire

If you have hired a venue just for a gathering then the rules on gatherings apply.

If you’re a business or service, then the rules for businesses and hospitality apply. For example, eating dinner with friends at a restaurant.

Public facilities at Alert Level 2

Public facilities can operate at Alert Level 2.

If people can safely maintain 1 metre physical distance, there is no limit on how many people may safely be inside.

Public facilities need to assess how many people may safely be inside the premises and still maintain 1 metre physical distancing.

If you go to a public facility, you legally must keep 1 metre physical distance from people you do not know, where possible — if you cannot, we encourage wearing a face covering.

Public facilities include:

  • swimming pools and gyms
  • libraries, and museums.

Contact tracing

We recommend you sign in to a venue with either:

  • the NZ COVID Tracer app and QR codes, or
  • an alternative contact tracing system.

All businesses are legally required to display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each business location and also legally must have an alternative contact tracing system.

How to do business safely at Alert Level 2

Event facilities at Alert Level 2

Event facilities can operate at Alert Level 2.

Event facilities can have up to 100 people within any defined space. They also need to assess how many people can safely be inside the premises and still maintain 1 metre physical distancing. This could mean the facility needs to have fewer than 100 people in a defined space.

If you go to an event facility, you legally must keep 1 metre physical distance from people you do not know, where possible — if you cannot, we encourage wearing a face covering.

Event facilities include:

  • cinemas, theatres, stadiums, concert venues
  • conference venues
  • casinos.

Contact tracing

We recommend you sign in to a venue with either:

  • the NZ COVID Tracer app and QR codes, or
  • an alternative contact tracing system.

All businesses are legally required to display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each business location and also legally must have an alternative contact tracing system.

Defined space 

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 places. This includes when entering, leaving, or using the toilet. It does not include workers.

This also applies to separate businesses that work from the same location. 

Indoors

An indoor space is a single space if there are walls that substantially divide that space from other spaces. The walls can be permanent or temporary.

Outdoors

An outdoor space is a single space if there:

  • are walls that substantially divide that space from other spaces — the walls can be permanent or temporary, or
  • is at least 2 metres between all people in that space and any other people (outside that space).

Refunds for events

In the first instance, please contact the event organiser. They will likely need some time to determine their process and obligations for any refunds, payment to suppliers etc.

Please be patient as they work through the process to meet any obligations they may have.

Reporting breaches

If you believe you have observed behaviour that's not appropriate, and you're certain the individuals concerned are not following Alert Level requirements, you can report it.

Report a breach online

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