Gatherings are allowed at Alert Level 2, but there are limits on the number of people, and there are several measures people should take to keep everyone safe.
The most important measure is to prevent mingling and close contact between people who don’t know each other.
At the initial stage of Alert Level 2, the maximum number of people allowed at a gathering is 10 (except for funerals and tangihanga). This limit will be next reviewed by the Government on 25 May based on case numbers at the time and public health advice.
For more information about gatherings, including specific types of gatherings, please visit the COVID-19 website.
What is a gathering?
A gathering is:
- Any private or public event where a number of people come together for a specific purpose in the same place for a prolonged time.
- Any function such as a party wedding, funeral, tangihanga, religious celebration, or spectators watching sports or music events (this isn’t an exhaustive list).
The following are not gatherings:
- People at offices or work sites, or on public transport
- People at supermarkets, retail stores, malls, cafes, bars or restaurants
- People in educational facilities, hospitals, or prisons (all of which have their own measures in place to prevent transmission)
- People at public venues, such as a museum or library
- People going to a park or a beach for a walk where other people are present.
Gatherings in private homes
Under Alert Level 2 you can come together with friends and family at your home. However, private gatherings at your home also create a risk of transmitting COVID-19, and there are measures you should take to reduce that risk. Health measures around physical distancing and hygiene are just as important in your home as they are out and about.
If you are having people over to your house:
- Keep it to a maximum of 10 people (if there are already 10 or more people living at the house, no additional people can attend a gathering there).
- Don’t have anyone there with symptoms of a cold or flu
- Wipe down surfaces regularly (bleach is effective)
- Get everyone to wash their hands regularly
- Be very careful while preparing food, and provide individual serves (not a buffet)
- Don’t share drinks or utensils
- Be a responsible host.
Gatherings not held at a private home
If a gathering is at a public or private venue and not at home, the organiser is responsible for making sure that the following measures are met:
There are no more than 10 people (excluding staff, such as waiters, kitchen staff, marriage celebrants)
- For funerals and tangihanga, the limit is 50 people (excluding clergy and funeral directors)
- Everyone should be seated or have an allocated space, and if possible, seat numbers allocated
- Keep 1 metre between individuals or groups of people who don’t know each other
- Keep a register of the contact details of everyone who attended
- People with cold and flu-like symptoms should not attend
- Wipe down surfaces regularly with disinfectant
- Provide good facilities for regular and thorough hand washing (with soap and water) and drying.