Update: Touch NZ Announcement Alert Level 2

In light of the upcoming move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, we have enclosed the following to support you in your communication to members regarding returning to sport and guidelines around health & safety and contact tracing.

Alert Level 2 Updates:


In addition to the recent communication sent out Friday 8th May around Play Active Recreation and Sport at Level 2, SNZ has sent out an update just yesterday which clarifies some of the detail around this announcement and a new Alert Level 2 table is subsequently enclosed called Play-Active-Recreation-and-Sport-at-Alert-Level-2 12 May.


Click here for the latest Sport New Zealand release. Contact Tracing Document Click Here.


Alert Level 2, effective Thursday 14th May 2020


  • Alert level 2 continues to expand the opportunities for play and active recreation and reintroduces the opportunity for competitive sport at a local level, if the public health measures outlined above are implemented, to create a safe environment for physical activity.


What this looks like for Touch:


  • Gatherings: Indoor and outdoor facilities will need to restrict gatherings to a maximum of 10 people including players, officials, supporters and spectators, while maintaining physical distancing requirements, if a contact tracing register is being used.
  • The gathering size of groups is to be reviewed on 25th May at which time it may or may not be adjusted
  • For smaller venues a lower maximum number may be more appropriate to maintain physical distancing.
  • For sports that take place outdoors, in a large open area with multiple fields and courts, the requirements on the number of people apply to a single field and court, so long as this is managed in accordance with other public health guidelines.
  • All participants should wash and dry their hand before and after partaking in any play, active recreation or sport. Ideally, they should be advised of this in advance of attending to allow time for this to happen safely
  • All equipment must be sanitised before and after use.
  • Care must be taken to avoid gathering at communal points such as entries and car parks. Phasing of activities could be used to allow time for people to pass through these areas safely.
  • Be sure to have Contactless tracing, in the event of being contacted by the DHB. The information will be kept for 2 months as required by the NZ Government and it will only be used for the purpose of contact tracing at the request of the Ministry of Health or local District Health boards.


Stay safe and look after each other

Nga mihi nui


Joe Sprangers

Chief Executive

Touch New Zealand



Article added: Thursday 14 May 2020

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