The New Zealand government will be ending its vaccine mandates from April 4, which includes the increasing of indoor event capacities, lifting of gathering restrictions in outdoor settings, and scrapping of vaccine passes.
Starting from March 25, the number of people allowed to gather indoors increases from 100 to 200, under the changes to the red light setting. Under this setting, there will be no outdoor capacity limits.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins welcomed the reduction of restrictions, and stated it is a further move in the right direction for the sector’s recovery after border reopening was announced last week.
“Our sector hasn’t been able to work effectively since last August when traffic light settings of the Covid Protection Framework were set at red and gathering numbers restricted to 100. Confidence has been at an all-time low,” she stated.
She added that up to 100 multi-day international conferences and events are currently waiting to confirm bookings for New Zealand.
On April 4, vaccine passes are also set to be scrapped, and certain vaccine mandates will also be lifted.