COVID-19: Gatherings

Information for organisers and attendees of gatherings.

Page last updated: 21 December 2020


Read more about gatherings and event facilities on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Display and use QR codes

People are encouraged to keep a record of where they’ve been to support any future contact tracing if required. This includes when people attend gatherings.

All businesses and services, unless exempt, are required to display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises. Further information on contact tracing requirements for business is available from the website.

Read more about the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Good hygiene

Attendees should have access to appropriate hand washing facilities with soap and water, and the ability to dry their hands thoroughly. Organisers should provide an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Using an appropriate cleaning solution, keep communal areas such as bathrooms and high-touch surfaces like door handles and payment machines clean.

Read more about general cleaning during the COVID-19 response

Attending a gathering

Stay home and avoid attending a gathering of any size if you are:

Health care workers should be extra vigilant with hygiene practices at social gatherings to avoid infection.

Use basic hygiene

Use good hygiene such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, and if you cough and sneeze, do so into your elbow. Use hand sanitiser if provided.

To help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and other viruses (eg, the common cold or influenza) you may want to keep up physical distancing where possible. While the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low, it may re-emerge and you should always follow basic hygiene to prevent spreading any virus (eg, the common cold or influenza) that can be easily spread when people get together.

Read more about protecting yourself with good hygiene.

People at higher risk

People at higher risk of COVID-19 infection are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving home to protect your own health. Use your judgement. You may want to avoid large gatherings as much as possible.

Read information for people at high risk of COVID-19 infection.

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