New Zealand greenlights business events of up to 100

After the easing of restrictions on social gatherings and travel this week, the New Zealand Government has confirmed ticketed large events, including domestic business events and conferences can now go ahead with a 100-person limit.

The events must adhere to a one-metre distancing requirement and use contact tracing.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the industry welcomed clarity on numbers from the government, and the acknowledgement that business events should be viewed differently to social gatherings.

“This helps the New Zealand business events sector restart for domestic attendees, and is the first step in the right direction. We look forward to the government’s next review of restrictions in two weeks’ time,” she said.

The current caps across all aspects of New Zealand business and social gatherings are for the first stage of Alert Level Two and will be revisited on May 25.

New guidelines for New Zealand state that large ticketed events and business events must be seated, they must allow for contact tracing, have physical distancing in place, good hygiene procedures, and any food and drink must meet the hospitality provisions.

“We understand the cap on numbers is set by the Ministry of Health based on the ability of public health to be managed in the case of an outbreak, including contact tracing, isolation and critical care facilities,” Hopkins said.

“Keeping numbers low, for now, will help New Zealand be able to respond swiftly and effectively and possibly prevent an increase in restrictions by doing so.”