Entertainment, recreation, and exercise

Entertainment, recreation, and exercise

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

At all levels

Business/service My Vaccine Pass verification is used or not
All entertainment, recreation, or exercise businesses
  • Businesses and services must display NZ COVID Tracer app QR codes, and are required to ensure that, as much as possible, record keeping is undertaken (ie all those on premises must scan QR tracer codes, or other record keeping must be used).
  • Vaccination for all workers is required. Workers must have had their first dose when the COVID-19 Protection Framework, on 3 December 2021 (or their first day of employment after that), and both doses by 17 January 2022.
    For more information on worker vaccination requirements, please see Employment New Zealand.
    Vaccines and the workplace(external link) — Employment New Zealand
  • You must display clear signage that indicates whether you require customers’ My Vaccine Pass.
  • If My Vaccine Pass verification is used, you must sight all customers’ at the point of entry (or as soon as possible after). Or, if the customer is a member and gives consent, they may record verification against their membership/access card, and My Vaccine Passes. You must verify a reasonable number.
  • Food and beverage service rules, and gatherings and events rules apply if these activities are present.
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Cinemas and theatres
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • Face coverings are required for workers (excluding performers) and encouraged for others
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 25 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for others
Other indoor on-premises entertainment facilities, eg bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf, casinos.
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers (excluding performers) and encouraged for others
  • Events are not permitted.
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 25 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for others
Outdoor activities both on and off-premises, eg guided walks, kayaking tours, golf clubs, tennis clubs.
See also SportNZ guidance(external link)
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing (if in a defined space) or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for customers.
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 25 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for customers.
An entire facility privately hired for a gathering or event, eg a bowling alley hired for a staff event.
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for others.
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 25 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and encouraged for others.
Gyms and other indoor physical activity facilities that require membership (Gyms are not public facilities)
  • Your business may open with capacity limits of up to 100 people or based on 1m distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Face coverings encouraged when not exercising
  • Your business cannot open to customers.
  • Face coverings encouraged when not exercising
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Cinemas and theatres
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged (excluding performers).
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 50 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
Other indoor on-premises entertainment or physical activity facilities that don’t require membership, eg bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf, casinos.
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged (excluding performers).
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 50 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged
Outdoor activities and sport both on and off-premises, eg guided walks, kayaking tours, golf clubs, tennis clubs.
See also SportNZ guidance(external link)
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and strongly encouraged for others.
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 50 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and strongly
An entire facility privately hired for a gathering, eg a bowling alley hired for a staff event.
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, and strongly encouraged for others.
  • Ordinary operations are not permitted
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 50 people in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, and strongly encouraged for others.
Gyms and other indoor physical activity facilities that require membership (Gyms are not public facilities)
  • Your business can operate without number limits.
  • Face coverings encouraged when not exercising
  • Your business cannot open to customers
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Cinemas and theatres
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged (excluding performers).
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
Other indoor on-premises entertainment or physical activity facilities that don’t require membership, eg bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf, casinos.
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged
Outdoor activities off-premises, eg, guided walks, kayaking tours, golf clubs, tennis clubs.
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are required for workers and strongly encouraged for others
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1m distancing or 100 people (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged
An entire facility privately hired for a gathering, eg a bowling alley hired for a staff event.
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, strongly encouraged
  • Business may only host gatherings of up to 100 people per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, strongly encouraged for others
Gyms and other indoor physical activity facilities that require membership
  • Your business can operate without number limits.
  • Face coverings encouraged when not exercising
  • Your business may open with capacity of up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing, per defined space.
  • Face coverings encouraged when not exercising
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