Auckland is now at COVID-19 Level 2

Auckland’s COVID-19 Level changed from 3 to 2 from midnight on Sunday 30 August, after nearly three weeks of Level 3 lock-down.

Some Auckland Tango event organisers have now restarted classes, on the basis that they will be managed strictly in accordance with the Ministry of Health rules for gatherings and events that are applicable from time to time. At this stage there are no milongas or practices yet confirmed for September, but this situation could well change. Check the Auckland Tango website calendar for details.

The Ministry of Health guidelines for Level 3 (and Level 2) are set out on the MOH website at

The following information is copied from the MOH website as at 1pm on Monday 31 August.

Gatherings and events at Alert Level 2 for the Auckland region

From 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August, Auckland is expected to move to Alert Level 2. There will be extra restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in the Auckland region.

Social gatherings
A social gathering in the Auckland region must not exceed 10 people in a defined space at any one time.

Social gatherings include:

family events
religious services
community sport
private functions like a birthday or stag do.
Workers providing services to a social gathering are not included in the 10 people.

Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands and maintain safe physical distancing where possible. If you can’t maintain physical distance from people you don’t know, you could consider wearing a face covering.

Faith-based gatherings and clubs
Faith-based gatherings and clubs are social gatherings and don’t need to follow the rules for businesses and hospitality. However, if an institution or club operates with a club licence to sell alcohol, then it must follow hospitality requirements.

Contact tracing
The person responsible must record attendees to ensure contact tracing can happen if necessary. At a social gathering you don’t need to do this if every person at the gathering knows each other. To play it safe, you are encouraged to keep records regardless.

Funerals and tangihanga
Funerals and tangihanga may have up to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health.

Guidance on funerals and tangihanga

Public and event venues
Visits to public and event venues are not social gatherings. This means public and event venues can have up to 100 customers within any defined space.

Public and event venues include:

restaurants and cafes
swimming pools and gyms
libraries, and museums
cinemas, theatres, stadiums, concert venues
conference venues
You should keep 1 metre physical distance from people you don’t know.

Contact tracing
You should sign in to a venue with either:

the NZ COVID Tracer app and QR codes, or
an alternative contact tracing system.
All businesses must display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each business location. This came into effect at 11:59am Wednesday 19 August 2020.

More information on doing business safely at Alert Level 2

Defined space
A defined space is somewhere separated from other spaces by either:

walls or partitions — whether indoors or outdoors, or
at least 2 metres between groups of people when outdoors.
If a place has more than 1 defined space, then people should not intermingle between the defined places. This includes when entering, leaving, or using the toilet. It does not include workers.

This also applies to separate businesses that work from the same location.

Don’t participate in gatherings if you’re unwell
You shouldn’t participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.



As at 9.00 am, 31 August 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,387 9
Number of probable cases 351 0
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,738 9
Number of recovered cases 1,585 15
Number of deaths 22 0
Number of active cases 131 -6
Number of cases currently in hospital 11 1



As at 9.00 am, 14 September 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,447 1
Number of probable cases 351 0
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,798 1
Number of recovered cases 1,678 2
Number of deaths 24 0
Number of active cases 96 -1
Number of cases currently in hospital 3 0