Event Sector Voluntary Code: COVID 19

15 October 2020

An Event Sector Voluntary Code has been developed by the event sector associations, with the support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It outlines what event organisers should consider to safely hold events in a COVID-19 environment and follows Ministry of Health best practice guidance on reducing COVID-19 related risks.

While primarily aimed at large or major events of 500 people or more the general principals can also be applied to smaller events such as clubs sports, functions or entertainment.

The Event Sector Voluntary Code provides guidance to all aspects of the event sector – whether organisers, promoters, suppliers, venues, or Governing bodies – to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at events, and to support the Ministry of Health to contact trace if an outbreak of COVID-19 were to occur. The Event Sector Voluntary Code does not alter existing legal obligations, is not legally binding, and is intended to support existing systems and processes that the event sector already has in place. 

The Event Sector Voluntary Code has recently been updated. You can view the latest version on the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment website, which includes a section specific to the Event Sector Voluntary Code. There is also some collateral which you can use to: 

  • Show that your organisation is committed to the Event Sector Voluntary Code; and 
  • Educate attendees on what behaviours they are encouraged to follow. 

We recommend the continual use of these resources, and consideration of the Event Sector Voluntary Code, until New Zealand is no longer in the Alert Level system. 

(SOURCE: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, received via email on 12 October 2020)

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