COVID-19 Protection Framework

The Overview

Under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, sport, active recreation and play can take place with restrictions implemented geographically to protect at-risk people and minimise the risk of community transmission. Your setting will depend on where you are in New Zealand.

All outdoor parks, fields and playgrounds can open for use, along with public facilities, which will operate under specific settings. Most sport and recreation can be played under Gatherings restrictions. The number that can meet at a Gathering depends on whether vaccine passes are required and checked or not. See the overview on this page or view detailed guidance for each setting below:

Guidance last updated: 22 December 2021

Setting guidance for play, active recreation and sport

Your Setting will depend on where you are in New Zealand.

This guidance covers:

  • Indoor and outdoor community sport, including watersports – this can be a team sport or individual sport, contact or close-proximity, or non-contact 
  • Recreational activities like walking, ocean swimming, swimming laps at the pool or going to the gym 
  • Play in homes, neighbourhoods and playgrounds 

Red

At Red, action is needed to protect at-risk people and protect our health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations. 

Contact tracing, good hygiene and sanitation, and home isolation will continue as key tools to minimise the spread of the virus. 

Localised lockdowns may be considered if there is a rapid growth in cases. 

Guidance last updated: 22 December 2021  

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Orange

At Orange, there will be community transmission, with pressure on our health system. The whole of health system is focusing its resources on managing Covid-19 demands, but can still deliver primary care, public health, and hospitals. There may also be an increasing risk for at-risk people.

Contact tracing, good hygiene and sanitation, and home isolation will continue to be key tools to minimise the spread of the virus.

Localised lockdowns may be considered if there is a rapid growth in cases. 

Guidance last updated: 22 December 2021

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Green

At Green, COVID-19 is across New Zealand, including occasional imported cases. Community transmission is limited, and COVID-19 hospitalisations will be at a manageable level. The health system will be ready to respond, including primary care, public health, and hospitals.

Contact tracing, good hygiene and sanitation, and home isolation will continue as key tools to minimise the spread of the virus.

Localised lockdowns may be considered if there is a rapid growth in cases.

Guidance last updated: 22 December 2021

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