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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert Levels 3 & 2, the COVID Code & events funds update

12 August 2020

With today's shift in alert levels, our thoughts are with those event professionals whose events have been cancelled, and those who need to activate contingency plans at short notice. We certainly hope this rise in alert levels is short lived, and the events industry can continue with it's recovery.

Please keep up to date with the current restrictions and what they mean for your events at the New Zealand Major Events website.

Public Events at Alert Level Three
(Auckland)

This means that gatherings of any size are cancelled and public venues are closed. Gatherings such as concerts and sporting events pose a high risk for transmission of infectious diseases.

Public Events at Alert Level Two
(Rest of New Zealand)

Events can function with “defined spaces”. This applies to social gatherings, event facilities, and businesses that serve food and drink for consumption on site.

“Defined spaces” are important for the event sector, as the provision is intended to allow multiple groups of 100 to be present at an event, where they are clearly separated. The person in control of the defined spaces must have systems in place to ensure that the separate gatherings do not intermingle.

Click here for full information.

The COVID Code (The Events Sector Voluntary Code)

The Events Sector Voluntary Code outlines what the Events Sector can do to safely deliver events by following best practice expectations, which are based on Ministry of Health guidance to reduce COVID-19 related risks. It will enable the Events Sector to appropriately support the Ministry of Health to contact trace if an outbreak of COVID-19 were to occur. 

The Code has been developed by New Zealand Major Events at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in consultation with the Events Sector. Read more about the COVID Code here.

$10M Domestic Events Fund

The outcome of applications to the $10M Domestic Events Fund are due imminently after evaluation by the panels. For full information on the Domestic Events Fund process, please see: https://www.majorevents.govt.nz/about-the-domestic-events-fund/

$50M Regional Events Fund

As announced in early August, a $50M Regional Events Fund has been established to help drive domestic tourism. We have been advised that further details of the criteria and process will be available shortly. We'll keep you updated as we learn more and you can keep an eye on MBIE's Tourism Recovery page.Warm regards, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA

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