Date Posted
6th Oct 2020

Sports NZ - Covid'19 Restrictions - Level 1


5 October 2020

Those operating out of Auckland will no doubt be welcoming Government’s decision to drop to Alert Level 1 alongside the rest of Aotearoa at 11.59pm this Wednesday. As a nation we should once again be proud of having contained the virus by working together and being vigilant. 

Under Alert Level 1 the disease is largely contained in New Zealand, however COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas, and there may be isolated household transmission occurring. It would be prudent to note that at any time, we should be prepared to change alert levels once more. The COVID-19 safe operating plans you have been successfully implementing should be kept at hand, to use when needed.

The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country. Sport, active recreation and play under Alert Level 1 looks like much like it did pre-COVID-19, but with border restrictions. There are no restrictions on businesses and services, no restrictions on gatherings, no requirements for physical distancing, although you must display a QR code for contact tracing purposes. More information on alert level 1 can be found here.

Large events such as sports games or tournaments are able to go ahead without gatherings controls. However if outbreaks of COVID-19 occur again in New Zealand, limits on gatherings could be one of the first responses. Organisers should be aware they may be asked to postpone or cancel gatherings under the circumstance that an outbreak has occurred or if case numbers increase. 

As we continue to strive to keep Aotearoa New Zealand at Level 1, please remember 10 golden rules:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work, school or socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or healthline, and get advice about getting tested.
  3. Self-isolate if you’re told by officials to do so.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Sneeze or cough into your elbow and regularly clean shared surfaces.
  6. Stay healthy, work with your GP if you have underlying health issues.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been. 
  8. If you are a business or service, display a QR code.
  9. Stay vigilant.
  10. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

For further information, contact your Partnerships Manager if you have one or email:

Ngā mihi,
Peter Miskimmin
Chief Executive