News and Updates

COVID-19 Industry Update: Voluntary Code for Events (the COVID Code) + Webinar

10 June 2020

Meeting with Minister Twyford scheduled
We are pleased to confirm that we that we have just been invited for another meeting with the Minister for Economic Development to discuss the ‘Event Sector Recovery Roadmap’ on Wednesday 24 June.

Voluntary Code for Events (the COVID Code)
Further to this week's exciting move to Alert Level 1, events finally have the green light to start again with no restrictions in place. No doubt we're all doing a little happy dance about that!

However, the fact remains that mass gatherings have been one of the highest vectors of transmission of COVID-19. If there is a case at an event, it has the potential to be a huge backwards step for New Zealand’s COVID-19 response – and, in turn, for the event sector. For that reason, a Voluntary Code for Events (also referred to as the COVID Code) has been developed by the events sector as part of a working group with NZEA, other industry associations and the team at New Zealand Major Events (part of MBIE).

Rather than setting out specific operational requirements, the Voluntary Code shows the event sector’s support for New Zealand’s efforts in the key areas of public health risk – and most particularly for contact tracing. By demonstrating ‘best practice’ in these areas, our sector can also provide a level of confidence to attendees and stakeholders which will be crucial to our sector's recovery (you may wish to promote the soon-to-be-released 'COVID Code' logo with your event). We also encourage event professionals to use the NZ COVID Tracer App to complement this code - using a common app streamlining the process for attendees.

The code, not legally binding, is also not intended to replace your existing H&S and risk management plan.

View the Events Sector Voluntary Code for Events

On the topic of H&S and risk management planning, we invite you to make the most of our upcoming webinar with Craig Macdonald on how you may integrate this Voluntary Code in your planning and operations.