Covid-19: What about events and visiting town centre when alert level drops?

We have all been startled by the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on a number of nations.  The message we are getting is that it is necessary to be attentive and take special precautions with some things – for example, frequently and thoroughly washing your hands; staying at home if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of a cold.

These are to be followed once government announces that Auckland is safe enough to open public events and shopping back up.


At this time, the Ministry of Health does not propose making changes to public event plans. However, the circumstance and our reactions to it are always shifting. Keep an eye on this page for the most up-to-date information, and check in with the individuals or organisations in charge of the event you want to attend.

Do not go to public events if you are unwell.



The following people should not attend events:

  • anyone who is unwell
  • anyone arriving in New Zealand who has returned from overseas travel or been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days is being asked to self-isolate. Please also register your details with Healthline 0800 358 5453(or +64 9 358 5453 if using an international SIM) if you have not already.


How to minimise the risk of getting sick at an event

The most important thing to do is practice good hygiene. This means:

  • covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces
  • trying to keep a metre away from people who are unwell
  • limiting alcohol and drug use (as this may affect your ability to adequately follow the advice above).


Businesses must display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code in a prominent place at or near your main entrance. You also need to offer customers and visitors an alternative way to record their visit. If you are using an alternative contact tracing system, you need to record:

  • the entry and exit times for workers, visitors and contractors
  • the names of everyone on your premises or location
  • their contact details.

Make sure you keep your contact tracing records secure.

The above-mentioned steps are especially critical for those who have pre-existing health problems, such as diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease, or who are immunocompromised.

We want everyone to be able to continue having fun in Otara Town Centre while also keeping themselves and others safe. We can all help by adhering to the Ministry of Health’s instructions.

See you here soon.

For now, stay safe and check on your whānau.

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