Events and gatherings guidelines

Events and gatherings guidelines

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

Under the new traffic light system, an event is defined as an activity where entry is controlled through ticketing, fees, registration or other ways to control access. Events can be held at commercial or private venues and can be held indoors or outdoors.

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.

Businesses may also host gatherings, and will need to apply the gathering rules (unless the gathering is at an office workplace for the purpose of the business or service). 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 would apply.

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

See more information about private and public gatherings on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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

At all levels

Business/service If My Vaccine Pass is required from customers or not
All
  • Vaccination for all workers is required, unless workers are exclusively working at gatherings that do not require My Vaccine Passes for attendees. Workers include staff, volunteers, contractors, professional and semi-professional performers. From January 17, 2022, workers must be fully vaccinated (for the Pfizer vaccine, this means having received two doses)  to continue to work.
  • Vaccination requirements do not apply to people who hold an exemption.

    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 their 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).
  • If My Vaccine Pass is required from customers, you must sight all customers’ My Vaccine Passes, and verify a reasonable number.
  • Workers should also have a clear understanding of My Vaccine Pass requirements.
  • Capacity limits include children but not workers.
  • Face mask requirements exclude performers and people presenting to an audience where those people are following the 2-metre physical distancing rule.
Community club activities
  • Activities that occur at the same time and place as services provided under a club licence must follow food and drink rules.
Business/service If My Vaccine Pass is required from customers If My Vaccine Pass is not required from customers
Controlled-access events (such as professional or semi-professional sporting events, auctions, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues)
  • Events may occur with up to 100 attendees or based on 1 metre distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated. This means that dancefloors, pool, and other recreational activities cannot operate during food and beverage service.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
  • Events cannot be held.
  • The venue may only host a gathering.
  • At gatherings held at venues, there can be up to 25 people based on 1 metre physical distancing in a single defined space at the venue at any time.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when with customers at gatherings.
Stadiums
  • An event or gathering may occur with up to 100 attendees or based on 1 metre distancing (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed while seated.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
  • Events cannot be held, only gatherings can be hosted.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 people per defined space can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when with customers at gatherings.
Outdoor community gatherings (such as a public street parade, community fairs, and concerts in the park)
  • A gathering may occur with up to 100 attendees in a defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when with customers, and strongly encouraged for others.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 attendees per defined space can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers at gatherings when working with customers.
Other voluntary or not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, or cultural activities including community club activities (for example, sports, bridge, scouts, and yachting clubs).
  • A gathering may occur with up to 100 people.
  • If customer-facing workers are present, they must wear face coverings when working with customers.
  • If the service is operating under a club licence, food and beverage service must be seated and separated. This means that dancefloors, pool, and other recreational activities cannot operate during food and beverage service.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 people can occur.
  • If customer-facing workers are present, they must wear face coverings when working with customers.
Gatherings at a private residence
  • A gathering may occur with up to 100 people.
  • If customer-facing workers are present, they must wear face coverings when working with customers.
  • Only gatherings of up to 25 people can occur.
  • If customer-facing workers are present, they must wear face coverings when working with customers.

See more information about private and public gatherings on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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

Business/service If My Vaccine Pass is required from customers If My Vaccine Pass is not required from customers
Controlled-access events (such as professional or semi-professional sporting events, auctions, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues)
  • You can run events and gatherings without number limits.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
  • Events cannot be held, only gatherings can be hosted.
  • Your business may only host gatherings of up to 50 attendees per defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and strongly encouraged for others.
Stadiums
  • Your business can operate without number limits.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
  • Events cannot be held, only gatherings can be hosted.
  • Service on premises is limited to gatherings and restricted to up to 50 people per defined space.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and strongly encouraged for others.
Outdoor community gatherings (such as a public street parade, community fairs, and concerts in the park) For events where My Vaccine Pass requirements can be implemented, such as a fair:
  • There is no capacity limit.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
For outdoor community events with uncontrolled access, such as a public parade:
  • Restricted to 50 people per defined space (ie 2 metres between groups).
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and strongly encouraged for others.
Other voluntary or not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, or cultural activities (for example, sports, bridge, scouts, and yachting clubs)
  • A gathering may occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
  • Only gatherings of up to 50 attendees can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
Gatherings at a private residence
  • A gathering may occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
  • Only gatherings of up to 50 people can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers.

See more information about private and public gatherings on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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

Business/service If My Vaccine Pass is required from customers If My Vaccine Pass is not required from customers
Controlled-access events (such as professional or semi-professional sporting events, auctions, private galleries, concert venues, conference venues)
  • You can run events and gatherings without number limits.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • Limit is either based on 1 metre distancing or 100 attendees (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service must be seated and separated. This means that dancefloors cannot operate during food and beverage service.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
Stadiums
  • Your business can operate.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
  • Your business may operate.
  • Limit is either based on 1 metre distancing or 100 attendees (whichever is the lesser) per defined space.
  • Food and beverage service may be collected at counter and consumed while seated.
  • Face coverings are encouraged.
Outdoor community gatherings (such as a public street parade, community fairs, and concerts in the park) For outdoor community gatherings where My Vaccine Pass requirements can be implemented, such as a fair:
  • No capacity limit.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
For outdoor community gatherings with uncontrolled access, such as a public parade:
  • Capacity limited to up to 100 people, based on 1 metre distancing, per defined space (ie 2 metre gap between groups).
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
Other voluntary or not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, or cultural activities (for example, sports, bridge, scouts, and yachting clubs).
  • A gathering may occur.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, and encouraged for others.
  • Only gatherings of up to 100 attendees can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.
Gatherings at a private residence
  • A gathering may occur.
  • Face coverings are required for workers, and encouraged for others.
  • Only gatherings of up to 100 people can occur.
  • Face coverings are required for customer-facing workers when working with customers, and encouraged for others.

See more information about private and public gatherings on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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

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