Following on from Monday’s announcement, from Thursday, 14th May, a wide range of play, recreation and sport activities can resume within level 2. Playgrounds, gyms, pools and public courts can re-open. Water sports can restart.
Sport NZ confirm that the 10 person gathering limit does apply to all community sport, however this limit will be reviewed on 25 May. At this point, subject to New Zealand’s continued containment of COVID-19, the limits may be increased which could enable full training and competition environments to restart.
This means that from 23.59 Wednesday, sports teams can train or play subject to the combined number of players, coaches and/or officials not exceeding 10 and appropriate physical distancing guidelines being observed.
Sport NZ fully acknowledge that the limit affects any play, recreation or sport environment where more than 10 people might come together including events. To support your planning, we have added some guidance below to help you understand the impact of the restriction on different operational settings.
They are aware that this is not an easy phase as we collectively juggle public expectation and our responsibilities as public-facing organisations. This is a dynamic environment in which both global and local insights on COVID-19 are influencing decisions made here in New Zealand.
Following yesterday’s announcement on the transition to Alert Level 2, Sport NZ can confirm that the 10 person gathering limit does apply to all community sport.
“We have worked closely with major winter codes around how and when they are best able to get their seasons underway, and what has come through clearly from those discussions is the importance of having an initial phase of preparation before play can commence,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.
Sport NZ Guidelines
- Gatherings must be restricted to a maximum of 10 people initially (both indoor and outdoor facilities), this will be reviewed on 25 May. For sport and recreation,
a gathering includes spectators, players, officials and support staff. Gathering restrictions do not apply to professional sport players, officials or support staff.
- A system to record and retain the contact details of all people involved in, or attending your activity, must be in place ……
See the complete Guidelines linked from the button below.