Guide for social events

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2020 4:52pm

Heading out

If you’re heading out, make sure you know the rules and keep up the COVID-safe behaviours!

The rules for you:

  • At least one person from each group must provide contact details to the venue for contact tracing if you are there for longer than 15 minutes. This could be by QR code, an app or paper-based form.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

What you should do:

  • If the venue takes bookings, make a booking ahead of time. If your numbers change, advise them as soon as you can.
  • Try to keep your distance from other groups as much as possible and be respectful of other people’s personal space.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes, then wash your hands.
  • Be courteous to staff and other patrons if you need to wait to enter a venue that has reached capacity.

The rules for the venue:

  • Venues can have a maximum 250 people in an undivided space in an indoor premises, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Venues can have a maximum 1,000 people in an undivided space outdoors, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Standing and drinking alcohol and/or dancing is permitted in premises with a liquor licence or liquor permit up to a maximum of 100 people in indoor spaces and 250 people in outdoor spaces, within current density requirements.
  • Some types of venues must collect information if a person is there for longer than 15 minutes.
  • For more information, see business restrictions.

Staying in

Are you hosting a gathering at your place? Make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest restrictions and keep your guests safe!

The rules:

  • You can only have a maximum of 100 people on your property, this includes children and babies.
  • If you or anyone who lives at the house is unwell, you should not have visitors.
  • If anyone in your house is in quarantine, you cannot have visitors to your house who don’t normally live there.
  • If any invited guests are unwell, they should stay at their home.

What you should do:

  • Make sure you have enough space for all your guests to be spread out and comfortable.
  • Spread out and/or host your event outdoors if you can.
  • Provide hand sanitiser to your guests if possible and make sure there is plenty of soap available at the sinks.
  • Serve food individually where possible – this is safer than share plates.
  • Don’t share drinks to help minimise the spread of germs.