New Zealand greenlights large events as restrictions ease

New Zealand has given the greenlight for large events with separate groups of 100 to go ahead.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand chief executive Lisa Hopkins welcomed the government changes to Alert Level 2.

“These new guidelines give our industry much more confidence to plan forward, knowing we can deliver larger events,” she said.

“We can now go ahead and confirm bookings for groups of 500, for example, by using five different divisions within the same venue, ensuring groups can move in and out of venues in a safe way.”

The Government has issued general guidelines that can help event organisers work through their options and considerations.

The changes, which come into effect from 30 May, mean the overall cap remains at 100, not including staff, with multiple groups of 100 now allowed provided they are in separate ‘defined spaces’.

Record-keeping for contact tracing is required for workers and clients/customers. People must keep one-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.

“With New Zealand’s excellent track record so far in defeating Covid-19, our restrictions are likely to ease further in coming weeks and months, opening up further options for planning large-scale events,” said Hopkins.

“With the possibility of a trans-Tasman bubble as early as July, we can now start preparing to welcome more people to our venues across the country.”