Entertainment, recreation, and exercise

Entertainment, recreation, and exercise

COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance if you operate entertainment, recreation, and exercise businesses and services.

Definition of an “event”

The normal operations of cinemas, theatres, stadiums, concert venues, conference venues, casinos, and private galleries are considered events, as are many commercial recreational activities, such as mini-golf, and bowling.

The definition of an event excludes an activity that is held at a private dwelling (like your home).

If you meet the definition for an event, you should apply events rules to your activity.

Definition of a “gathering”

Businesses may also host gatherings, and will need to apply the gathering rules. Gatherings at a business may only occur where someone has hired a defined space within the premises for exclusive use. Otherwise, the normal rules for the business/ activity would apply.

Gatherings include voluntary or not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, or cultural activities, community club activities, faith-based gatherings, gatherings at a workplace (where the gathering has exclusive use), funerals or tangihanga, and weddings (as well as gatherings at someone’s home).

Visit the Unite against COVID-19 website for information about private and public gatherings.

Public and private gatherings at red(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Public and private gatherings at orange(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Public and private gatherings at green(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

Capacity limits only apply indoors at Red

Indoor spaces are generally considered to be venues that are:

  • enclosed by a ceiling and walls, or other similar structures, and 
  • which don’t have much, if any, flow of fresh air. 

Examples include many gyms, nightclubs, restaurants, and halls. Capacity limits apply per defined space.

Outdoor spaces are generally considered to be places that have good ventilation, with a decent amount of free flowing, fresh air coming into the space. For example, this could be because the venue does not have a roof, has less than four walls, or because its walls don’t go all the way up and still allow a significant amount of air flow. 

Defined space

Under the traffic light rules, a defined space is an area where walls (temporary or permanent) substantially divide that space from other spaces.

You can have multiple defined spaces within one facility. However, if you do, you must have systems and processes in place to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the groups using the space (other than workers) do not intermingle when using, entering, or leaving the premises. People from the different groups need to stay at least 2 metres apart. For example, you may wish to consider separate entryways or staggered entry and exit times.

What happens if my venue is both indoors and outdoors?

Some venues are made up of indoor and outdoor spaces. The activity that occurs in these indoor spaces should determine what capacity limit applies – the rule follows the activity.

If people will be lingering indoors, for example, for entertainment or dining, then the indoor rules apply.

However, retail rules will generally apply to the indoor places in which people:

  • travel directly through to get to an outdoor space; and/or
  • need to go so they can purchase things (for example food, to eat when back outdoors); and/or
  • need to go to use the bathroom.
Business/service Operating at Red
Cinemas and theatres
  • Your business can operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1 metre distancing or 200 people (whichever is the lesser) per indoor defined space.
  • There are no capacity limits outdoors.
  • Food and drinks can be collected at counter and consumed while seated indoors.
  • Face masks are required indoors for attendees (unless exempt).
  • Workers must wear medical grade masks (unless exempt) when interacting with the public; performers and presenters do not need to wear masks if they maintain 2 metre distancing from customers.
  • Facemasks are not required outdoors.

    Face masks
Other indoor on-premises entertainment facilities, eg bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf, casinos
  • Your business can operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1 metre distancing or 200 people (whichever is the lesser) per indoor defined space. There are no capacity limits outdoors.
  • Face masks are required indoors for attendees (unless exempt).
  • Workers must wear medical grade masks (unless exempt) when interacting with the public; performers and presenters do not need to wear masks if they maintain 2 metre distancing from customers.
  • Facemasks are not required outdoors.

    Face masks
  • Food and beverage service must follow the food and beverage rules. 
Outdoor activities both on and off-premises, eg guided walks, kayaking tours, golf clubs, tennis clubs

See also SportNZ guidance(external link)
  •  Your business can operate without capacity limits outdoors.
  • Face masks are not required outdoors.

    Face masks
An entire facility privately hired for a gathering
  • Your business can operate.
  • Indoors, the capacity limit is either based on 1 metre distancing or 200 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged  indoors, but not required outdoors.
  • While indoors, customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask (unless the worker is exempt).

    Face masks

Gyms and other indoor physical activity facilities that require membership or are otherwise controlled entry; except those for exclusive use by residents of the premises. Gyms are not public facilities

  • Your business can open with capacity limits of up to 200 people or based on 1 metre distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face masks required indoors when not exercising.
  • Customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask indoors, unless the worker is exempt or while a worker is performing/presenting and maintaining 2 metre distancing.

    Face masks
Business/service Operating at Orange
Cinemas and theatres
  • Your business can operate without capacity limits.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged for customers.
  • While indoors, customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask, unless the worker is exempt or while a worker is performing/presenting and maintaining 2 metre distancing from customers.

    Face masks
Other indoor on-premises entertainment facilities, eg bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf, casinos
  • Your business can operate without capacity limits.
  • For indoor, unseated events or activities over 500 people, it is recommended that capacity is limited based on 1m distancing.
  • Face masks are encouraged for customers indoors.
  • Customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask indoors, unless the worker is exempt or while a worker is performing/presenting and maintaining 2 metre distancing from customers.

    Face masks
Outdoor activities both on and off-premises, eg guided walks, kayaking tours, golf clubs, tennis clubs

See also SportNZ guidance(external link)
  • Your business can operate without restrictions.

    Face masks
An entire facility privately hired for a gathering or event
  • Your business can operate without capacity limits.
  • For indoor, unseated events over 500 people, it is recommended that capacity is limited based on 1m distancing.
  • Facemasks are encouraged for customers indoors.
  • While indoors, customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask, unless the worker is exempt or while a worker is performing/presenting and maintaining 2 metre distancing from customers.

    Face masks
Gyms and other indoor physical activity facilities that require membership or are otherwise controlled (such as through ticketing, fees, registration) except those for exclusive use by residents of the premises. Gyms are not public facilities
  • Your business can open without capacity limits.
  • For indoor facilities, it is recommended you maintain a capacity limit of 500 or based on 1 metre distancing per defined space (whichever is greater).
  • Face masks encouraged indoors when not exercising.
  • Customer-facing workers must wear a medical-grade face mask indoors, unless the worker is exempt or while a worker is performing/presenting and maintaining 2 metre distancing from customers.

    Face masks
Business/service Operating at Green
All entertainment, recreation, and exercise businesses and services
  • You can operate with no restrictions.
  • Face masks are encouraged (unless the customer or worker is exempt).

Visit the Unite against COVID-19 website for more information.

Changes to the traffic light system(external link) — Unite against COVID-19

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