Play, Active Recreation and Sport at Alert Level 4

Your Alert Level may depend on where you are in New Zealand.

The current Alert Level for your region can be found at https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/restrictions/current-alert-level/

On 20 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced the following principles to abide by:

  • Contact sport

    (e.g. team sports)

    Contact Sport - is an activity, particularly a team activity, in which by participating you are coming closer than 2 metres to others as part of competing in that activity – for example, physical contact sports like rugby and wrestling, sport where there is close contact like football basketball, hockey or netball.

    Lower risk activities include things that are able to be completed by yourself without shared equipment – for example skill-based drills or fitness training.

    Higher risk activities include things that share equipment or balls – for example a casual or pickup game of basketball, touch or even frisbee.

    Alert Level 4

    • Organised sports or physical activity not allowed outside of your bubble.

    • Can train at your home, or outdoor places that can be readily accessed from home.

    • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.

    • Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside your bubble.

    • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited.

  • Non-contact sport

    (e.g. running, cycling or golf)

    Non-Contact - are activities in which you can comfortably avoid coming closer than 2 metres to others as part of participating in that activity – for example, running, cycling, golf or bowls.

    Lower risk – would be activities that you can comfortably undertake, and have done so previously, in conditions that do not pose any additional risk (e.g. road running or putting in your backyard).

    Higher risk – would be new or challenging activities, or challenging conditions (e.g. long technical trail runs).

    Alert Level 4

    • Organised sports or physical activity not allowed outside of your bubble.
    • Can train at your home, or outdoor places that can be readily accessed from home.
    • Lower-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.
    • Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside your bubble.
    • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited.
  • Active recreation

    (e.g. walking or cycling)

    Lower risk – would be activities that you can comfortably undertake, and have done so previously, in conditions that do not pose any additional risk (e.g. wide simple mountain bike trails).

    High risk – would be challenging activities, or challenging conditions (e.g. steep technical mountain bike trails or those with large jumps or drops).

    Alert Level 4

    • Low-risk activities only: care must be taken not to be injured and require medical care.
    • Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) with people outside your bubble.
    • Contact activity or sharing equipment/balls with people outside your bubble is prohibited.
  • Play

    (e.g. playing in homes, neighbourhoods and playgrounds)

    Alert Level 4

    • Play must be contained within your bubble.
    • Streets, outdoor parks and fields are okay, but playgrounds are closed.
  • Water-based activities

    (e.g. swimming, kayaking, surfing)

    Lower risk – would be activities that you can comfortably undertake, and have done so previously, in conditions that do not pose any additional risk (e.g. calm water or moderate temperatures).

    High risk – would be challenging activities, or challenging conditions (e.g. high winds, large waves, rips or cold-water temperatures).

    Alert Level 4

    • All water-based activities are prohibited because these activities expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services.
  • Commercial

    (e.g. sports who sell merchandise or run bar/café facilities)

    Alert Level 4

    Only essential services are able to operate.

    • All indoor venues and sporting facilities, including clubrooms and gyms, are closed.
    • Everyone working from home and businesses cannot open premises for staff.
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