The Government decision to move to Alert Level 1 came earlier than expected; our apologies that this advice now lags the de-escalation announcement.

You will find the new Alert Level 1 table here, carrying the following advice with aspects that are specific to play, active recreation and sport:

  • Under Alert Level 1 the disease is contained in New Zealand, but COVID-19 remains uncontrolled overseas.
  • The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country.
  • Play, active recreation and sport 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 (including hospitality), no restrictions on gathering, no requirements for physical distancing, and no requirements to keep records to enable contact tracing. You should still maintain QR codes however where possible, to allow people to log where they have been.
  • While none of the public health requirements are mandatory – it is important to remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of community transmission.
  • In Alert Level 1 we should be prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels if we need to.
  • As mass gatherings limits are removed, large events such as sports games or tournaments are able to go ahead. Organisers are encouraged to adopt the COVID Code (details coming soon) and should be aware they may be asked to postpone or cancel gatherings under the circumstance that a significant outbreak has re-occurred, or if case numbers increase.


Sport NZ has now published further written guidance and support material for play, active recreation and sport in Alert Level 2. This is available on our web site here. Two webinars that presented sector experts in areas of interest have also been held with session links below for those wanting to view. Session one on contact tracing, hygiene and sanitation featured Dr Harriette Carr, Deputy Director of Public Health. Web link available here.

The second webinar dedicated to health and safety plans for organisations was presented by Melanie Dale and Matteo Jones from WorkSafe New Zealand. This covered Government expectations about health and safety under COVID-19 alert levels. Web link available here. WorkSafe also provided the links below to further information.
  • WorkSafe information on Alert Level 2 here.
  • Meeting COVID-19 public health requirements here.


COVID-19 has put a temporary halt to sport impacting the end of the summer and start of the winter season. A number of codes, supported by Sport NZ, have now developed national guidelines to help manage scheduling challenges for both winter and summer codes. Season overlaps will impact secondary schools, local authorities grappling with grounds allocations, and also participants. By working together, the sport sector can successfully restructure season dates to keep the welfare and best interests of the participant in mind. Read the guidelines here.