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COVID-19 Sector Update - 23 March 2022

23 March 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Today the Government announced changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) and vaccine mandates. See the updated changes on the COVID-19 website  here

We are currently working to update our specific guidelines to reflect these changes, and these will be published alongside updated FAQs on the Sport NZ website here prior to the changes coming into force from 11.59pm Friday 25 March. 

In short, this is great news as we work towards living with less restrictions and ensures more sport and recreation can go ahead, with more people included, while reducing the impact of future outbreaks.

To help with understanding the key changes, we have simplified them below. 

COVID-19 Protection Framework online forum 
We will be holding a Q&A forum on the changes to the CPF this Thursday 24 March to help organisations with any immediate questions they may have ahead of the weekend changes. You can join this using the link below.

Online Sport NZ CPF forum 
10.00am | Thursday 24 March
Join forum

Changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) and vaccine mandates 
From 11.59pm Friday 25 March, a new and highly simplified traffic light setting will be introduced. The key changes are as follows.


  • Indoor capacity limits for gatherings and events with My Vaccine Pass will increase to 200 – this includes gyms, food and drink businesses and other indoor settings where sport and recreation takes place.  
  • There will be no limits for outdoor activities with My Vaccine Pass – such as gatherings, events, and food/drink retailers. 
  • Face masks are no longer required at outdoor settings.  
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping. 


  • There will be no capacity limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings and events, but face masks are still required in many indoor settings. 
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping. 


  • There are no requirements, but good health habits should still be maintained to help look after those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

My Vaccine Pass
From 11.59pm Monday 4 April, My Vaccine Passes will no longer be required. This is due to the high vaccination rate and levels of acquired immunity.

  • Until 4 April, where My Vaccine Passes are not used, the current restrictions remain — but after this time, the new capacity limits will apply to everyone.
  • After 4 April, businesses will still be able to use the system if they would like to.

At all levels, the testing and isolation requirements remain as they are now. If you have symptoms or someone in your household tests positive, isolate and get tested.

We aim to keep you updated as we move through these changes. Please join our online forums if you have any urgent questions in the meantime.

As usual, thank you for your continued work to keep sport and recreation happening for all New Zealanders.

Ngā mihi,
Raelene Castle 

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