COVID-19 Advice for event organisers

Last reviewed 10.30am 20 March

Gatherings or events where 500 or more people are together in one place outdoors, or 100 people indoors, at one time should be cancelled. Examples of gatherings or events include concerts, festivals, sports matches, religious and cultural events.

We understand that event organisers are concerned about the new measures in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and the impact on upcoming events. The Ministry of Health website(external link) is the best source of up to date information for mass gatherings including events.

Visit the government's COVID-19 website to find out how to slow the spread of the disease(external link)

Go to the Immigration New Zealand website for more information and updates on travel restrictions.(external link)

Refer to the Ministry of Health website for the most up to date information for travelers and self-isolation.(external link)

If your event and business has been impacted, refer to for the most up to date COVID-19 information for businesses.(external link)

Postponement or cancellation of mass gatherings

On 19 March 2020, the Government advised public events or mass gatherings where 500 or more people are together in one place outdoors, or where there are 100 people or more indoors at one time should be cancelled. Examples include concerts, festivals and sports matches.

New Zealand’s priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19. Gatherings such as concerts, sporting events and the like pose a high risk for transmission of infectious diseases.

Gatherings and events can be a very good environment for infectious diseases like COVID-19 to spread because people often behave in ways that facilitate transmission. This includes sharing food or drinks, sitting or standing very close together for long periods of time and coughing on each other.

Helping people avoid close contact with others, like you would with the seasonal flu, is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures will help protect you, your family/whānau and all of New Zealand.

At-risk groups, including older people; Māori and Pacific, who are more seriously impacted by respiratory diseases; people who are immune-compromised, such as people with cancer; and people who have pre-existing conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension, should consider protecting their own health by avoiding gatherings of any size.

For more information visit the Ministry of Health website.(external link)

Who to contact if you need any more information

The Ministry of Health website is the best source of information about COVID-19.

If you have any concerns about your health, visit the Ministry of Health website or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453.

If you have any other general enquiries about your event, please email