Events at Alert Level 2
Events at Alert Level 2
Following advice from the Ministry of Health about gatherings, events, public facilities and other types of gatherings, some events have experienced disruption at Alert Level 2.
New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2. Alert Level 2 means changes to how gatherings, events and workplaces operate. A gathering brings people together at a specific location where they will be in close proximity for an extended period of time. These could be public, corporate or private events.
Helping people avoid close contact with others, as you would with the seasonal flu, is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures will help protect you, your family/whānau and all of New Zealand. For more details visit health.govt.nz.
At Alert Level 2, it is still important to be aware of your physical distancing.
Physical distancing is important to help protect you and others from COVID-19, which spreads via droplets from coughing and sneezing.
Attending events and gatherings
The following people should avoid attending events of any size:
- anyone who is unwell
- anyone who is a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- anyone waiting for a test result for COVID-19
- anyone who is self-isolating. Read more about self-isolation.
- Health care workers should be extra vigilant with standard hygiene practices when attending gatherings that may put them at risk of transmission. Infected health care workers may impact the ability of the workforce to respond COVID-19 and place unnecessary stress on the health care system.
People at higher risk
When New Zealand was previously at Alert Level 2, people at higher risk were advised to avoid gatherings of any size to protect their own health and stay home as much as possible.
Organising an event
Private events and gatherings at Alert Level 2
Private events and gatherings must:
- Have no more than 100 people
- Ensure there are appropriate handwashing facilities, tissues and lined containers to dispose of used tissues
- Encourage guests to practise physical distancing.
There is no time limit restriction for private events or gatherings but keeping them short (under two hours) is encouraged.
A record of attendance in a private home is not required but it is a good idea to try to note down who came to your gathering in case it’s needed in future.
You can’t participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
Organisers of gatherings of any size need to assess the risk to attendees and the community using the following principles to determine whether or not to hold an event or gathering.
If you aren’t able to do the following effectively, the event or gathering should not be held.
- Can your event support physical distancing?
- Can your event allow for appropriate handwashing facilities, and keep communal areas such as bathrooms or high-touch surfaces such as door handles and payment machines clean?
- Can you keep a record of attendance to enable health officials to do contact tracing if needed?
An accurate record of attendees would include a person’s full name, their address, an effective means of communicating with them (for example, an active phone number or email address) and the time at which the person arrived and left the event. These records should be held for two months.
A record of attendance in a private home is not required.
Public events and gatherings at Alert Level 2
To slow the spread of COVID-19, public indoor and outdoor events are limited to 100pax (note: this includes all people at the event, e.g. event staff and stall holders plus the public) and individuals must be at least 1 metre apart for people not within a household bubble.
Requirements of public events and gatherings are:
- Physical distancing must be followed
- Details of attendees must be recorded for contact tracing purposes
- Food and drink provided must meet hospitality provisions.
An accurate record of attendees would include a person’s full name, their address, an effective means of communicating with them (for example, an active phone number or email address) and the time at which the person arrived and left the event. These records should be held for two months and would be requested for health officials to undertake contact tracing if required.
To protect people's health, organisers of public events and gatherings may wish to also limit events and gatherings to under two hours and have attendees seated to ensure physical distancing is followed. These are not requirements.
How to minimise the risk of getting sick at a gathering or event of any size
The most important thing to do is practice good hygiene. This means:
- Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
- Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
- Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
- Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser:
- before eating or handling food
- after using the toilet
- after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
- after touching public surfaces
The measures above are especially important for people who have existing health conditions, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease or compromised immune systems