On 16 March 2020, the Government advised public events or mass gatherings where 500 or more people are together in one place, at one time should be cancelled. Examples include concerts, festivals and sports matches.
New Zealand’s priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19. Mass gatherings such as concerts, sporting events and the like pose a high risk for transmission of infectious diseases.
Helping people avoid close contact with others as much as possible, like you would with the seasonal flu, is an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures are intended to help protect you, your family and all of New Zealand from COVID-19.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, gatherings of 500 people or more in close proximity will be cancelled. This includes festivals, fairs, sporting, religious and cultural events. This will be regularly reviewed.
The intent of the measures is to avoid non-essential gatherings which may facilitate the spread of COVID-19.
You should still attend school or work. The Ministry of Education will work with schools and universities to try to mitigate large congregations of people.
In the first instance, please contact the event organiser. These measures were announced on the afternoon of Monday 16 March and it’s likely event organisers will need some time to determine their process and obligations for any refunds, payment to suppliers etc.
Please be patient as they work through the process to meet any obligations they may have.
The following people should not attend events of any size:
The most important thing to do is practice good hygiene. This means:
The measures above are especially important for people who have existing health conditions, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease or compromised immune systems.
Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
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If you have health-related concerns about COVID-19, phone the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.