Community groups, faith-based groups, clubs and societies

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

Gatherings cancelled

All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed.

This does not include workplaces of people undertaking essential businesses.

These requirements apply to family and social gatherings such as birthdays, funerals, tangi or weddings. These gatherings cannot go ahead.

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

Find out more on our mass gatherings page

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 CivilDefence.govt.nz(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 (eg 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 the elderly 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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