Sport NZ have issued their latest guidelines following the move to allow gatherings of up to 100 from today at 12pm.


Gatherings of up to 100 are now allowed subject to contact tracing and hygiene measures. There are no physical distancing requirements for a group up to 100 but multiple groups of 100 should not intermingle. Physical distancing of 2 metres should, however, be maintained wherever possible, especially from people that you don’t know. It is recognised that contact during physical activity will occur but this should be minimised as much as possible, especially off the field of play.

General guidance:

All gatherings and events should practice good public health measures such as ensuring:

  • People with cold and flu symptoms do not attend
  • Surfaces are wiped down regularly with disinfectant
  • Facilities for regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water and drying, or hand sanitiser are provided.
  • Record keeping enabling contact tracing is required if not all people know each other and cannot identify each other for contact tracing purposes. Physical distancing is not required but play it safe and keep your distance.
  • If numbers are large and the space is small, consider limiting spectator numbers.
  • Ensure that each gathering of 100 doesn’t mix with other gatherings of 100 e.g. people at one court or space should not interact or mix with people at another space.
  • Care should be taken to avoid more than 100 people congregating at communal points such as entries and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres between groups.

Specific guidelines for fencing clubs and regional competitions:

  • Hand washing/sanitising facilities must be provided on entry to and exit from the venue and are also available for use during the Club activity.
  • Clubs and regional competitions should ensure adequate contact tracing measures.
  • No sharing of equipment is permissible during the activity.
  • Loan equipment (eg masks, gloves and clothing) need to be sanitised between users and between Club activities. Surfaces within the venue should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • If the venue is small, consider social distancing and limit numbers and spectators.
  • Fencers and coaches should try to maintain a 2m separation when off piste.
  • Non-participants/spectators should maintain a separation of 2m.

These guidelines  are based on those published by Sport NZ; link here.

Contact Tracing

With respect to contact tracing registers, personal information about each participant of any Club activity must be recorded in an electronic or on-line register for the sole purpose of contact tracing ONLY. This information should be accessible to the Ministry of Health at all times for contact tracing purposes for up to 4 weeks from the date of activity.  The register must be kept in a safe way in accordance with the Club’s privacy requirements.

See which links to a spreadsheet example, and includes suggested wording to ensure registrants know why and how the personal information is used.

Clubs are encouraged to display guidance and important public health advice. Posters can be downloaded from the website about  hand washing, physical distancing and staying home if unwell.

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