New Zealand loosens Covid restrictions for events

New Zealand is loosening its Covid restrictions with all outdoor gathering limits abolished and the indoor gathering limit doubled from 100 to 200 from Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said that the government was also getting rid of vaccine pass requirements, vaccine mandates for most situations and QR code scanning. Masks will also no longer be required at outdoor venues.

“New Zealanders have worked incredibly hard to get through this pandemic and as a result of those efforts we are now in a position to move forward and change the way we do things,” she said.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins says the reduction of restrictions is a further move in the right direction for the sector’s recovery after the border reopening was announced last week.

“This positive news from the Prime Minister will start to bring back vital confidence and clarity for event decision-makers,” she said.

“We look forward to the next review of the Covid Protection Framework settings on 4 April.

“New Zealand has world-class venue infrastructure ready, with Te Pae Christchurch now open, Tākina Wellington for next year, and the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland to follow.

“The positive messages from the Prime Minister today will now drive a sense of surety as we work towards fewer restrictions.”