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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN NEW ZEALAND

22 September 2020

Auckland

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September. This means people in Auckland will be able to attend social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in groups of up to 100 people.

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft.

Living at Alert Level 2(external link)

Exercise at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, you can do your usual sport and recreation activities if you can do them safely. But if you’re sick, stay home.

When exercising in public, keep a 2 metre distance from people you don’t know if possible.

You can do activities like:

  • walking, biking and hunting, including on public conservation land — overnight trips are okay
  • swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
  • going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
  • boating and motorised watersports.

Whitebaiting

At Alert Level 2, you can fish for whitebait as long as you keep a 2 metre physical distance from other fishers. You also need to follow the whitebait regulations.

Auckland region restrictions on community sport at Alert Level 2

Community sports in Auckland region are limited to 10 people in a defined space at any one time. Referees, officials and other workers providing services to a sports game are not included in the 10 people.

Find out more about exersizing safely in Auckland during Alert Level 2.(external link)

 

Rest of New Zealand

New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Living at Alert Level 1(external link)

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft.

Exercise at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, you can do your usual sport and recreation activities. There are no limits on gathering sizes.

At Alert Level 1, we still need to play it safe. We all need to be ready in case COVID-19 comes back into the community.

To be ready at Alert Level 1:

  • maintain good hygiene
    stay home if you’re sick
    get tested if you have cold or flu symptoms
    keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Find out more on the COVID-19 website.(external link)

 

31 August 2020

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2

You must wear a face covering on public transport. There are also extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in Auckland.

Auckland is at Alert Level 2 with extra restrictions

Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm Sunday 30 August. There are extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in Auckland at Alert Level 2.

Guidance on life at Alert Level 2(external link)

The Auckland region is everything in the Auckland Council boundary — from Wellsford in the north to Pukekohe in the south.

Auckland boundary map [JPG, 914 KB](external link)

Restrictions for Auckland region

At Alert Level 2 in Auckland, social gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people. Funerals and tangihanga may have up to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health.

Gatherings and events at Alert Level 2(external link)

Funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2(external link)

Exercise, sport and recreation

You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, if you can do them safely.

Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

At Alert Level 2, you can do your usual sport and recreation activities if you can do them safely. But if you’re sick, stay home. 

When exercising in public, keep a 2 metre distance from people you don’t know if possible.

You can do activities like:

  • walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
  • swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
  • going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
  • boating and motorised watersports.

Whitebaiting

At Alert Level 2, you can fish for whitebait as long as you keep a 2 metre physical distance from other fishers and comply with the fishing rules.

Community sports

Community sports are limited to groups of 100 in a defined space. A sports field can have multiple defined spaces by keeping:

  • people in groups of up to 100
  • groups separate either through consistent 2 metre physical distancing when outdoors or barriers.

Groups should be prevented from intermingling or sharing common facilities at the same time.

For example, a game of rugby can occur so long as there are no more than 100 people on the field. If that field has a stand on either side, up to 100 people can gather in each stand if they are kept separate from those from the other stand and from players and umpires on the field.

Organisers and the person in control of the premises are responsible for collecting contact tracing information.

Sporting events

Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

High Performance Sport New Zealand activities can take place at Alert Level 2 using a controlled workplace approach in consultation with WorkSafe.

Find out more on the COVID-19 website.(external link)

 

12 August 2020

 

Auckland

The Auckland region moved to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. This will remain in place until 11:59pm on Wednesday 26 August.

Exercise and recreation at Alert Level 3 (Auckland)

You can do low-risk recreation activities in your local area, for example to go for a walk or a run, a swim at the beach or a day walk. 

Now isn't the time to take up new activities, or expose yourself or your bubble to any risk. Use your common sense — stay local, stay safe. 

Recreational fishing is allowed from public conservation land as long as you stay in your local area.

Boating, yachting and any team sports or training are not allowed.

You can do recreational activities by yourself or with people from your bubble.

Whitebaiting is permitted at Alert Level 3 during the whitebaiting season. You may only fish locally, stay 2 metres from other river users and don’t use motorised vehicles to get to your fishing spot. 

Detailed advice on exercise and recreation — including hunting, fishing, and whitebaiting(external link)

Overview of restrictions in Auckland(external link)

Click on the PDF image below to download the full COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions file from 5pm, 18th August 2020:

[PDF, 2.5 MB] 

Rest of New Zealand

The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August.

This will remain in place until 11:59pm on Wednesday 26 August.

Exercise, sport and recreation at Alert Level 2 (rest of NZ)

You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.

These activities include:

  • walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
  • swimming at a public swimming pool, but with restrictions
  • going to the gym, but with restrictions
  • community sports, with restrictions
  • boating and motorised watersports
  • whitebaiting.

Professional leagues can go ahead at Alert Level 2 because they take place in controlled workplaces.

Detailed information on exercising safely at Alert Level 2(external link)

 

9 June 2020

Exercise, sport and recreation at Alert Level 1

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 8 June.

This means that everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1:
  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116) and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

The full guidelines for Alert Level 1 are available on the COVID-19 website, here(external link)

 

14 May 2020 

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May.

Exercise, sport and recreation at Alert Level 2

"You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.

This includes activities that were restricted previously, including:

  • walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
  • swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
  • going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
  • boating and motorised watersports
  • hunting during duck shooting season — starting Saturday 23 May

Initially, community sports will be limited to groups of 10.

Government is working with community sports organisations to work through how community sport can be restarted safely."

More information is available on the COVID-19 website, here(external link)

 

28 April 2020

New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Monday 27 April. We will stay in Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.

Exercise, sport and recreation at Alert Level 3

Information about the recreational activities permitted under Alert Level 3 have been provided on the COVID-19 website as follows:

"Exercise and recreation is an important part of maintaining our health and wellbeing. However, there is a very high risk of transmission if we come into contact with others, touch common equipment or surfaces, or need rescuing or medical care.

We need to keep doing our bit so that our gains in Alert Level 4 aren’t compromised.

You can do activities that are local, safe, and do not involve interaction with other people outside your bubble.

The most important thing is to stay safe. Do low-risk activities, so you don’t need rescuing or medical care. You should also keep a 2 metre distance from people who aren’t in your bubble.

You can do more activities at Alert Level 3 but only if you’re experienced and do them safely. These include:

  • surfing — if you are an experienced surfer, you can go to your local break. If you’re not experienced, don’t surf
  • fishing — if you want to go fishing you can do so from a wharf or the shore, but don’t cast off the rocks or fish from a boat. Boating is not allowed
  • tramping — is okay for day walks on easy trails. Remember to keep your distance from other people
  • mountain biking — if you are experienced and know the trail
  • hunting —  you can hunt on private land, but not on public conservation land. You need to stay within your region and stick to your bubble. Overnight trips are not allowed. You may only hunt on foot — using quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is not allowed.

Boating, yachting and any team sports or training are not allowed.

Now is not the time to take up new activities, or expose yourself or your bubble to any risk. Use your common sense — stay local, stay safe. 

Where you can exercise

Stick to your local area. For example, go to your nearest beach or park, not your favourite one. Staying overnight at a bach or holiday home is not permitted.

You should drive as short a distance as you can and still do the activity.

If you live on a regional boundary, this might mean travelling to a neighbouring region. This is fine as long as it’s still local and a close distance from your home."

More information is available on the COVID-19 website, here.(external link) 

 

4 April 2020

Additional guidance on Alert Level 4 rules

The Ministry of Health has released further guidence regarding outdoor recreational activities during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, as follows:

  • ..."Exercise is to be done in an outdoor place that can be readily accessed from home and two-metre physical distancing must be maintained. 
  • Recreation and exercise does not involve swimming, water-based activities (for example, surfing or boating), hunting, tramping, or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services..."

Please see the full media release for further detail, here(external link).

 

24 March 2020

Kiwis urged to exercise in low-risk environments

Stick to simple outdoor exercise, that is the message from the Chair of the Search and Rescue Council Peter Mersi. He is urging people to take only undertake activities that are of a minor risk to injury, and to avoid going into areas where you could become lost or require search and rescue.

“You should not do any activities where you may unintentionally end up needing emergency services. This includes tramping, hiking into backcountry or remote areas, going boating, fishing and going swimming.

Current Government advice is that you can go outside, but you need to limit your contact with others. Our emergency services need to be fully available to respond to COVID-19. Therefore, it is also vital that New Zealanders are sensible about what types of exercise they undertake and where. 

No-one goes into the outdoor environment intending to get lost or injured, says Peter.  “We are asking New Zealanders to be sensible and to adjust the way they enjoy our outdoor environment at this time, to ensure that our emergency services are available to help those in highest need.

More information can be found on the COVID-19 website: www.covid19.govt.nz(external link)

About the NZSAR Council(external link)

For more information about this advice contact Duncan Ferner, Manager, NZ Search and Rescue Secretariat

 

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