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Updated Guidelines-Ngā hui @ Taumata Whakatūpato 2: Gatherings @ Alert Level 2


On Friday 29 May 2020, all gatherings are to increase from groups of 10 to 100. This includes church gatherings, tangihanga and funerals, weddings and other private social gatherings.


Gatherings in restaurants can also increase to numbers larger than ten guests per group, with establishments continuing to guide patrons of safety measures they must adhere to regarding seating arrangements and social distancing guidelines.


Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and keep the numbers low so you can practice safe physical distancing.


After Friday 29 May, gatherings must:

  • have no more than 100 people

  • keep high hygiene standards

  • record attendees to ensure contact tracing can be conducted if necessary. Facebook event invites for example are a good way to record private events and gatherings.

  • Current general Level 2 guidelines can be found here


You shouldn’t participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason. 


Public venues

Many public venues will be open again at Alert Level 2. This includes:

  • museums and libraries

  • cinemas

  • markets

  • community centres.


All public venues must keep records to enable contact tracing and manage their numbers to ensure that:

  • every individual or group is kept 1 metre apart


Tangihanga Guidelines for Alert Level 2

Up to 100 people can attend funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 2.


Funeral directors can register with the Ministry of Health to allow up to 50 people to attend a funeral or tangihanga, however, after Friday 29 May, 100 people may gather and there is no longer a need to register.


These public health measures include:


  • maintaining physical distance 

  • facilities for hand hygiene.

  • Food and drink are permitted after the service provided the venue can meet the physical distancing and hygiene requirements for food preparation and serving. 

  • Food served as individual portions and not from a buffet


 Initial Covid-19 Māori response action plan

Can be found Here


Manatū Hauora - Ministry of Health Social Media Campaign series 

can be found via their Facebook page here


Other Covid related Information

A proactive flu vaccination programme has seen a significant increase in the amount of kaumātua receiving their flu vaccines – as at April 17, 42.2 percent (22,919) of Māori aged 65 and over had received their flu vaccination.  

This is just a start but we are committed to doing as much as we can to support whānau Māori through this time and beyond. I will continue to update you on the Māori health response as it continues.


Other Updates

  • Jacinda will check-in on the 8th June on the settings around alert level 2 to assess possible adjustments to guidelines

Jacinda has stated that there will  be considerations to move into Alert Level 1 no later than 22 June 2020