New Zealand to allow multiple groups in conference venues

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New Zealand to allow multiple groups in conference venues

The New Zealand government has now moved to Alert Level 2 of its Covid-19 response, meaning that large events with separate groups of 100 people will now be allowed to go ahead.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins, said: “These new guidelines give our industry much more confidence to plan forward, knowing we can deliver larger events. We can now go ahead and confirm bookings for groups of 500, for example, by using five different divisions within the same venue, ensuring groups can move in and out of venues in a safe way,” she says.

The New Zealand government has issued new general guidelines to help event organisers consider their options.

The changes will come into affect from 30 May and include keeping an overall cap on events at 100 people, not including staff, with multiple groups of 100 now allowed within the same venue, as long as they keep to separate ‘defined spaces’. Workers and clients/customers must keep records in order to trace contact between individuals, and people must maintain a one-metre distance from those they don’t know where practicable.

Hopkins added: “With New Zealand’s excellent track record so far in defeating Covid-19, our restrictions are likely to ease further in coming weeks and months, opening up further options for planning large-scale events. With the possibility of a trans-Tasman bubble as early as July, we can now start preparing to welcome more people to our venues across the country.

“New Zealand is ranked top of the world for ease of doing business, low corruption and peacefulness. Add to this New Zealand’s reputation as a world leader for government Covid-19 communication, our excellent venues and infrastructure, and we are in a strong position to be one of the most globally trusted places to meet.”

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