Delivering sport at Alert Level 2

Football field guidelines

Updated 18 May 2020

When considering delivering sport at Alert Level 2, it is important providers adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each business, organisation or individual who is running a sport programme must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan in place. The plan should be reviewed and updated regularly. More information, including plan templates that you can use and what the plan should cover, is available on the WorkSafe website.
  • Contact tracing must be in place, this can be hard copy or electronic, and must record all individuals who have visited the facility. This should include: the date, time in (and where possible time out), full name, address (physical or email), and phone number. See further guidance on contact tracing at Sport NZ’s website
  • Phasing of activities is recommended to allow time for people to pass communal areas safely and allow for any cleaning required.
  • Final decisions on facility use rest with the owner of a facility based on their health and safety plans and risk assessments.*
  • Please refer to National Sport Organisations for sport-specific delivery guidelines.
  • Don’t look for loopholes. If in doubt, play it safe.

You can see the full guidelines and frequently asked questions on the Sport NZ website.

Sport NZ have also developed a decision tree to help you meet the Government requirements that allow us to resume play, active recreation and sport activities safely under COVID-19 Alert Level 2. 

Sport NZ Decision Tree

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The following are some examples of what sport delivery could look like:

Setting

Guideline **

Single court indoor/outdoor facility

 

E.g. Basketball court

10 people per gathering for both indoor and outdoor facilities. 

Multiple groups are allowed only if:

  • A two metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all times including at entries, carparks, and changing rooms.
  • Equipment is not shared unless it has been cleaned first.
  • Communal surfaces (e.g. railing or gates) are cleaned before and after each group.

A gathering of 10 includes any coaches, managers, officials and spectators.

Ensure that all participants have completed contact tracing register.

Care must be taken to avoid more than 10 people congregating at communal points such as entries and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing of two metres between groups.

Multi-court indoor/outdoor facility

 

E.g. Tennis or Netball courts

10 people per gathering for both indoor and outdoor facilities. 

Multiple groups are allowed only if:

  • A two metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all times including at entries, carparks, and changing rooms.
  • Equipment is not shared unless it has been cleaned first.
  • Communal surfaces (e.g. railing or gates) are cleaned before and after each group.

A gathering of 10 includes any coaches, managers, officials and spectators.

Ensure that all participants have completed contact tracing register.

Care must be taken to avoid more than 10 people congregating at communal points such as entries and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing of two metres between groups.

Single outdoor marked field

 

E.g. Hockey or football field

10 people per gathering for both indoor and outdoor facilities. 

Multiple groups are allowed only if:

  • A two metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all times including at entries, carparks, and changing rooms.
  • Equipment is not shared unless it has been cleaned first.
  • Communal surfaces (e.g. railing or gates) are cleaned before and after each group.

A gathering of 10 per field includes any coaches, managers, officials and spectators.

Ensure that all participants have completed contact tracing register.

Care must be taken to avoid more than 10 people congregating at communal points such as entries and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing of two metres between groups.

Multi outdoor marked fields

 

E.g. Rugby fields

10 people per gathering for both indoor and outdoor facilities. 

Multiple groups are allowed only if:

  • A two metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all times including at entries, carparks, and changing rooms.
  • Equipment is not shared unless it has been cleaned first.
  • Communal surfaces (e.g. railing or gates) are cleaned before and after each group.

A gathering of 10 includes any coaches, managers, officials and spectators.

Ensure that all participants have completed contact tracing register.

Care must be taken to avoid more than 10 people congregating at communal points such as entries and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing of two metres between groups.

If you have any further questions, please email Sport NZ at covid19response@sportnz.org.nz.

For recreation examples, please see the COVID-19outdoors.nz website, provided by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

* Final facility use decisions are at the facility owner’s discretion based on their responsibilities as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

** Information accurate as of 18 May 2020