Key points

  • Indoor events are limited to 200 people. 
  • Outdoor events have no capacity limits.
  • Children and babies are included in the capacity limits — but not people working at events.
  • You must wear a face mask at indoor events.
  • When food and drink is being served, you must be seated and separated.

Controlled-access events

Controlled-access events involve ticketing, registration or another way to control access. They can be held either at a commercial or private venue.

They can go ahead at Red.

Examples are:

  • auctions
  • cinemas
  • commercial recreation activities
  • concert venues
  • conferences
  • private galleries
  • sporting events
  • stadiums.

There can be up to 200 people in a defined space at the venue at any time, based on 1-metre physical distancing. This includes children, but not workers.

Defined spaces at Red


Serving food and drink

Generally, when food and drink is being served, you must remain seated and separated. You can move around when you are not being served or eating.

In cinemas, theatres and stadiums, you can buy food and drink from the counter, but you must be seated when you consume it.


Face masks

You must wear a face mask at an indoor event. You do not need to wear a face mask if the event is outdoors.

Event workers and volunteers must wear a face mask at indoor events. They do not need to wear face masks at outdoor events.

Performers and entertainers do not need to wear a face mask when performing and if they can keep 2 metre physical distance from the audience at all times.

When to wear a face mask


Keep up healthy habits

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 event organisers

Event organisers can find more detailed information on business.govt.nz

Event information under the COVID-19 Protection Framework | business.govt.nz (external link)

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