New Zealand Limits Events to 100 People

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After the easing of restrictions on social
gatherings and travel this week, the New Zealand Government has
confirmed that ticketed events, including domestic business events
and conferences, can now go ahead with a 100-person limit.

There is also a distancing requirement of one
metre,
and contact tracing is essential.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief
Executive, Lisa Hopkins, said, “This helps the New Zealand
business events sector restart for domestic attendees, and is the
first step in the right direction. We look forward to the
government’s next review of restrictions in two weeks’ time.”


Queenstown, New Zealand. Picture: CINZ. Click to enlarge.

New guidelines for New Zealand state that
ticketed events and business events must be seated, they must
allow for contact tracing, have physical distancing in place, good
hygiene procedures, and any food and drink must meet the
hospitality provisions.

“We understand the cap on numbers is set by the
Ministry of Health based on the ability of public health to be
managed in the case of an outbreak, including contact tracing,
isolation and critical care facilities. An increase in a cap from 100 attendees to 200
attendees, for example, is exponential in risk – the contract
tracing requirements alone following on from an event becomes much
greater, so caps are set at a level where safety can be managed
from a public health perspective. The Ministry has confirmed this is not a
reflection on the ability of event organisers to mitigate risk or
fail to do so. It is about allowing New Zealand to keep stamping
out COVID19. Keeping numbers low, for now, will help New Zealand
be able to respond swiftly and effectively and possibly prevent an
increase in restrictions by doing so,” Lisa said.

The current caps across all aspects of New Zealand
business and social gatherings are for the first stage of Alert
Level Two and will be revisited on 25 May.

There is still no timeframe for when Alert Level 1
will come into place.

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