Faith-based gatherings at Red

You can go to a faith-based gathering, such as attending a place of worship, at Red.

Key points

  • Faith-based gatherings can go ahead.
  • Indoor faith-based gatherings are limited to 200 people.
  • Outdoor faith-based gatherings have no limit.
  • Children and babies are included in the gathering limits — but not people working (including volunteers) at a gathering.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask if your gathering is outside, or when your gathering is the only one using the defined space and other people cannot mix with your guests.

Faith-based gatherings can go ahead

A gathering is a group of people who are intermingling. Most faith-based services are gatherings.

Examples of faith-based gatherings that can go ahead at Red include:

  • services at places of worship
  • prayer group at home
  • weddings
  • funerals and tangihanga.

Weddings at Red

Funerals and tangihanga at Red

Marae at Red

Events have different rules to gatherings. Events control access by using tickets, registration, a fee or another way of controlling entry. For example, a ticketed concert held at a place of worship is an event.

Events at Red

Steps to reduce the spread of the virus 

  • Encourage contactless donations instead of a cash collection box.
  • Consider offering online services so people who cannot attend in person can participate.
  • Clean and sanitise musical instruments thoroughly before and after use.

Gathering limits

Indoor faith-based gatherings are limited to 200 people. 

Outdoor faith-based gatherings have no limit. 

  • Workers (paid or unpaid) at a gathering — for example, the person leading the service and musicians — are not included in the gathering limits.
  • Children and babies are included in the gathering limits.
  • At all gatherings, you do not need to physically distance. This means you can move around, mingle with others and dance.


Face masks

Face mask requirements for people at the gathering who are not working will depend on where and how the gathering is held:

  • You must wear a face mask at an indoor gathering if the defined space is shared with other groups or members of the public.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask at an outdoors gathering, or when your gathering is the only one using the defined space and other people cannot mix with gathering attendees.

Where face masks are required, you can remove them to eat and drink. Face masks must not be removed while singing.

If 2 metres away from others, performers and workers presenting to an audience can remove their face masks.

All workers (paid or unpaid) at faith-based gatherings must wear a face mask throughout the gathering.


Serving food and drink

You can serve food and drink at your faith-based gathering, but people should not share drinks, cups, plates, cutlery or other items. Unless your gathering is at a hospitality venue, people do not need to sit down to eat or drink.

If your gathering is at a hospitality venue, for example around a table at a restaurant, you need to follow the hospitality advice.

If you have exclusive use of a hospitality venue, then you do not need to follow the hospitality advice.

Where face masks are required, these can be removed while eating and drinking.

Hospitality at Red


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.

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