Public and private gatherings at Orange

You can have a gathering at Orange, like meeting friends, holding a wedding and attending places of worship, with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restrictions.

Gatherings can go ahead

You can gather with anyone at Orange, with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restrictions. Under the traffic light system, household bubbles do not exist.

Examples of gatherings that can go ahead at Orange include:

  • catching up with friends and whānau
  • weddings and civil union ceremonies
  • most faith-based gatherings
  • get-togethers and parties at your home or private dwelling
  • club functions
  • social sports
  • street parades
  • free public concerts in a park
  • community fairs
  • funerals and tangihanga
  • most gatherings at marae.

More information about funerals and tangihanga at Orange

More information about marae at Orange

With My Vaccine Pass

If a gathering chooses to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, only people with a My Vaccine Pass are allowed to be there. This includes workers. Children under the age of 12 years and 3 months do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter places with a vaccination requirement.

You will be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass when you are at the venue.

There is no limit to how many people can be at the venue.

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

Scan the QR code or keep a record of where you go. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.

Without My Vaccine Pass

If a venue for a gathering chooses not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements:

  • At a gathering at your home, there can be up to 50 people.
  • At gatherings held at other venues, there can be up to 50 people based on 1-metre physical distancing in a single defined space at the venue at any time.

They can be a mix of people with and without My Vaccine Pass.

The limit applies to both indoor and outdoor venues. 

The limit includes children. It does not include staff.

Scan in or keep a record of where you go

Scan the QR code or keep a record of where you go. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.

Advice for places of worship

  • Some religious rituals or practices need people to be close to each other — for example, a christening. Try to keep the time spent in close contact to a minimum.
  • Encourage contactless donations instead of a cash collection box.
  • You can have refreshments after a service, but people should not share drinks, cups, plates, cutlery or other items. People do not need to sit down to eat or drink. 
  • Places of worship should display posters or signage indicating if My Vaccine Pass is being used.
  • Consider offering online services so people who cannot attend in person can participate. 
  • Singing, for example, choirs and other types of performance, can go ahead. 
  • Clean and sanitise musical instruments thoroughly before and after use.

Guidelines for places of worship [PDF, 306 KB]

Switching between My Vaccine Pass requirements

Locations and venues can switch between requiring My Vaccine Pass and not requiring it. This could happen in places such as funeral homes, places of worship or marae, where they have different groups entering the venue after each other.

If a location or venue chooses to switch:

  • there must be no mingling of groups
  • rooms should be well ventilated
  • high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, should be cleaned between groups
  • everyone, both staff and visitors, must be told what the My Vaccine Pass requirements are — whether My Vaccine Pass is or is not required.

Serving food and drink

You can serve food and drink at your gathering.

If you have exclusive use of a hospitality venue for your gathering, you do not need to follow the hospitality rules for the service of food and drink.

Where you must wear a face mask at Orange

Face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

There are some places where you must wear a face mask:

  • on domestic air transport services
  • public transport
  • arrival and departure points of public transport services
  • retail
  • public venues/facilities (not swimming pools)
  • pharmacies
  • veterinary services and animal health and welfare services
  • courts and tribunals
  • specified social services
  • the public area of premises operate by NZ Post Limited
  • premises operated by a central government agency, a local authority, or NZ Police
  • anyone who is not a patient or worker of a health service other than pharmacies
  • public-facing workers (paid and non-paid) at food and drink businesses and services, including within events
  • workers (paid and non-paid) at close-proximity businesses
  • workers (paid and non-paid) at gatherings, excluding performers and formal speakers.

We encourage you wear a face mask whenever you leave your home, including at the gym, hairdresser, and at work.

At events, workers (excluding performers where it is impractical) are strongly encouraged to wear face masks.

When to wear a face mask

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities. Slow the spread of the virus by keeping up healthy habits.

Keep up healthy habits

More information for venues

Businesses can find more detailed information on

COVID-19 Protection Framework | (external link)

When you are ready to check your customers' and visitors' My Vaccine Pass with the NZ Pass Verifier app, you can display these posters to let everyone know.

Download My Vaccine Pass posters

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