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COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Media Release, Letter to Minister Nash, Guidelines for Events

27 September 2021

Together, taking action for our events sector!

Media Release

First of all, thank you to the 156 event professionals who contributed to our second COVID-19 industry impact snapshot survey last week. Respondents reported the cancellation of 428 events and postponement of 444 events.

The information gave us an updated insight to the situation our industry is currently facing, and the NZEA have today issued a media release calling for action from the Government to support the events sector which is facing unique and substantial challenges ahead of the peak summer events season.

Letter to Minister Nash

The results of our snapshot survey were shared with Minister Stuart Nash last Thursday 23 September further to the letter sent on 14 September outlining the critical situation in the Events Sector and our immediate needs: targeted and extended financial support, a risk-based approach to events at alert level 2, a government-backed insurance facility and improved MIQ systems. You can read our letter here.

COVID guidelines for events

Travelling with your alert level:
On the question of travelling with your alert level in a split alert level 2/alert level 1 situation, DPMC have responded confirming that the below is the "current government policy", we have queried in return if there is a possibility this policy will be changed or amended in the near future to which we are awaiting a response:

"At Alert Level 2, you can travel to other regions that are at Alert Level 1 or 2 to attend a concert, conference, sports game or any other event. If the event is in an Alert Level 2 region, the gathering limits apply. Events and entertainment | Unite against COVID-19 ("

In the meantime, please refer to our previous updates for all our information on events at alert level 2 and mandatory record keeping.As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at with any queries you may haveKia kaha, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA