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COVID-19: Industry Update - Alert Level 2 now allows greater scope for events

28 May 2020

Further to Monday's announcement of the Alert Level 2 guidelines, we asked MBIE for a distinction between social gatherings and professionally organised events as the two are very different in terms of risk.

We also asked MBIE to consider expanding the size of events based on examples of protocols, plans and guidelines kindly shared by events professionals, illustrating how events can operate safely at Alert Level 2 with multiple groups of 100. Thank you to those professionals who shared their expertise demonstrating to officials that our industry is capable of managing safe events in line with health protocols.

We are now pleased to say there is some relief for the industry from Monday's initial announcement:

  • The overall cap for gatherings is 100, however it is now clarified that professionally organised events may have multiple groups of 100 (plus workers) at the same event or at different events in the same venue provided they are in separate ‘defined spaces’
  • Record-keeping for contact tracing is required for workers and clients/customers, however there is no need to collect residential addresses.
  • People must keep 1 metre distancing from people they don’t know where practicable.
  • If the event facility is providing food and drink for consumption on site, then the food and drink restrictions apply, but again, these can be in multiples of 100.

Full details of the guidelines for event organisers are available on MBIE's New Zealand Major Events website until the Ministry of Health and COVID-19 websites are updated (expected imminently).

What next?

We are continuing to work with MBIE and Minister Twyford in regards to:

  1. Seeking additional clarification and certainty on  Alert Level 1: timing and guidelines to allow the industry to plan
  2. Our Sector Survival Strategy - when will we hear back from  Minister Twyford on the details of targeted support for our sector? 

We will keep you posted as discussions progress.

Kia kaha, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager
NZEA

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