Events guidelines

Events guidelines

COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance if you operate in the events sector.

At all levels

Vaccination for all workers is required. Workers include staff, volunteers, contractors, professional and semi-professional performers. Workers must have had their first dose when the COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into force, 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

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).

Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Professional or semi-professional sporting events, private or public events of all sizes, auctions, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues
  • An event or gathering may occur with up to 100 people and based on 1m distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 people per defined space can occur.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
Stadiums
  • An event or gathering may occur with up to 100 people and based on 1m distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 people per defined space can occur.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
Outdoor community events For events where My Vaccine Pass requirements can be implemented, such as a fair:
  • May occur with up to 100 people or based on 1m distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space (i.e. 2m gap between groups).
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
For outdoor community events with uncontrolled access, such as a public parade:

 

  • Restricted to 25 people per defined space (i.e. 2m gap between groups).
  • Face coverings are encouraged. 
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Professional or semi-professional sporting events, private or public events of all sizes, auctions, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues
  • You can run events and gatherings without number limits.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • Your business may only host gatherings of up to 50 people per defined space.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
Stadiums
  • Your business can operate without number limits.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings (private groups where attendees are known to each other) and restricted to up to 50 people per defined space.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
Outdoor community events For events where My Vaccine Pass requirements can be implemented, such as a fair:

  • No capacity limit
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
For outdoor community events with uncontrolled access, such as a public parade:
  • Restricted to 50 people per defined space (i.e. 2m gap between groups).
  • Face coverings are encouraged. 
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass verification is used If My Vaccine Pass verification is not used
Professional or semi-professional sporting events, private or public events of all sizes, auctions, stadiums, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues
  • You can run events and gatherings without number limits.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • Capacity limited to up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing, per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated.
 Stadiums
  • Your business can operate.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed in seating.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
  • 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.
Outdoor community events For events where My Vaccine Pass requirements can be implemented, such as a fair:
  • No capacity limit.
  • You must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and it is strongly recommended you verify.
For outdoor community events with uncontrolled access, such as a public parade:
  • Capacity limited to up to 100 people, based on 1m distancing, per defined space (ie 2m gap between groups).
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