Sport and recreation at Red

You can attend sports events and play sports at Red. Recreation can go ahead.

Key points

  • Indoor and outdoor sports events can go ahead.
  • Indoor sports events are limited to 200 people. Outdoor sports events have no limits.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open with up to 200 people. Outdoor exercise classes can go ahead with no limits.
  • Swimming pools can open.
  • Gym staff must wear a face mask, except when they are instructing a class and can maintain a 2-metre distance from others.

Sport and recreation can go ahead


Indoor and outdoor sports, including sporting events, can go ahead at Red. This includes professional and community sports, like organised social touch rugby.

Spectators should keep 2 metres apart from players.

Recreation facilities

Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities can open at Red. This includes:

  • gyms
  • dance studios
  • yoga studios
  • health clubs
  • ice skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • parks and playgrounds
  • sports grounds
  • outdoor exercise classes.

Businesses can choose to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements and ask to see your My Vaccine Pass.

Private clubs, such as golf or tennis clubs, that are not members-only indoor exercise facilities, can choose to restrict their facilities to vaccinated people only. Contact your local club to find out how they are operating.

Capacity limits

There is no capacity limit for outdoor sporting events or recreation facilities, for example, exercise classes, community sports or parks and playgrounds.

Indoor sport and recreation facilities, for example, stadiums, indoor arenas, or gyms, can have up to 200 people based on 1-metre distancing, in a defined space at the venue at any time.

As there can be multiple defined spaces, this means:

  • you can have multiple groups of spectators — they need to be 2 metres from any other group, and
  • multiple games running at once — they must be 2 metres away from other groups.

It is the responsibility of the business or organiser to ensure indoor venues comply with capacity limits.

Defined spaces at Red

The limit does not include workers at the venue.

Face masks

Face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19. At Red, you are encouraged to wear a face mask whenever you leave your house.

Find a full list of where you must wear a face mask:

When to wear a face mask

You do not need to wear a face mask:

  • outdoors
  • at a swimming pool
  • at a gym or indoor recreation facility
  • when you are exercising.

Gym staff must wear a face mask, except when they are instructing a class and can maintain a 2-metre distance from others. It must be a medical-grade face mask.

Sport or recreation events and gatherings

At a controlled-access event

If you are playing in or watching a controlled-access event, then you must follow the rules for events. They involve ticketing, registration or another way to control access. They can be held either at a commercial or private venue.

Events at Red

At a gathering

If you are holding a gathering at a recreation facility, you will need to follow the rules for gatherings.

Gatherings at Red

Public recreation facilities

Public recreation facilities will follow the guidelines for public facilities. This includes public swimming pools.

Public facilities at Red

Swimming pools

  • Public swimming pools can open. If you are visiting a public swimming pool, you must follow the rules for public facilities.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask at a swimming pool.
  • Swimmers should keep 1 metre apart from people they do not know.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools at private facilities can open. This includes saunas and steam rooms.
  • Learn to swim classes can continue.


It is the responsibility of the facility to ensure a swimming pool complies with capacity limits based on its defined space and 1-metre physical distancing.

Defined spaces at Red

Travel for sport or recreation

You can travel for sport or recreation — including overnight camping trips and trips to your bach or holiday home.

Travel and accommodation at Red

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

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