Gatherings to increase from 10 people to 100 people



29 May 2020

Alert Level 2 gatherings can increase from 10 people to 100 people from midday today

From midday today, under new Alert Level 2 rules, gatherings can increase from 10 people to 100 people.

Amendments to the Government Order have allowed this change to take place. The Amendment to the Order includes some other important changes for life at Alert Level 2 — this is part of the gradual easing of restrictions that will happen as part of the move towards Alert Level 1.

Cabinet will next review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June. Cabinet will also consider a move to Alert Level 1 no later than 22 June.

Social gatherings can be held with up to 100 people

The limit for social gatherings will be lifted to 100 people. These include events at home and outside of home like religious services, parties, weddings, tangihanga and funerals. It is important everyone keeps playing it safe.

This means:

  • While hospitality businesses continue to have the 100 person limit per defined space, group bookings of more than 10 people will be permitted, but the 3 S’s — seated, separated, single-server — still apply.
  • A funeral or tangihanga will also have a 100 person limit, and organisers are no longer required to apply to the Ministry of Health to hold one.
  • Social gatherings at a private dwelling will be able to have a maximum of 100 people.
  • A business or responsible individual, in charge of a social gathering, must ensure records are kept for contact tracing purposes, except where every person in a gathering knows each other. This includes in your home, community hall, or other such space.
  • Participating in community sport will also become easier, with greater numbers of people able to gather up to a limit of 100 people. Requirements for contact tracing still remain.
  • Workers providing a service to a social gathering, such as waiters at a wedding, are not included in the 100 person limit.

Some examples:

  • A group of 15 people could book a table at a restaurant. The 3 S’s will still apply.
  • A game of community rugby could occur so long as there are no more than 100 people on the field. Groups of up to 100 spectators will be permitted if they are separate to the field and do not intermingle with players or umpires.
  • A restaurant that employs 20 staff could have an additional 100 customers on site at any one time.

Information about other Alert Level 2 changes that begin today can be found HERE

Remember to keep playing it safe: 

  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  • Keep your distance from other people in public.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.
Page reviewed: 29 May 2020 9:52am