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New Zealand Government moves to eliminate Coronavirus restrictions
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced that the nation could move to lower Coronavirus restrictions sooner than planned based on the near elimination of the COVID-19 threat “ahead of schedule”.
Prime Minister Ardern said that the New Zealand Government will consider a move to lift all Coronavirus restrictions - except border controls - as of 8th June.
Potentially, this will see gatherings of any scale scale - including business events and spectators being allowed back into stadiums and arenas - able to take place across the country from next week.
Welcoming the return of events for a domestic audience, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins stated “getting to this level has taken less time than we originally envisaged back in March, and we are now the envy of the world. New Zealand’s team of five million has proved we can unite against this virus, and our industry is committed to keeping New Zealand safe for meetings.
"We want people to understand business events are the safest type of event you can hold, because they are highly organised and managed by professionals who work under strict codes of practice.
“Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, incentive travel event and gala dinner under already-developed and enhanced track, tracing, health and hygiene standards. We will also be working with the broader events sector to develop a voluntary code, to support New Zealand’s efforts in the key area of public health.”
Brett Jeffrey, General Manager, Australasian (NZ) Society of Association Executives says customers can feel confident to move forward with their industry events.
Jeffrey noted “this is a positive step forward and will go a long way to providing much needed reassurance that planning for association conferences can begin in earnest.”
Arna Wahl Davies, Chair of the CINZ Approved Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Group says New Zealand’s business event organisers have always led the world in terms of best-practice.
She explained “once again we will be showing leadership by maintaining the high protocols and processes we had prior to COVID-19, and which have been further enhanced during the pandemic, and we won’t be going back.
“As accredited event professionals, we will be voluntarily working to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene, tracking and tracing to ensure business events are safe now and in future.”
Hopkins added “New Zealand’s reputation as a world leader for government COVID-19 communication and elimination, coupled with our excellent venues and infrastructure, and professional people, puts us in line to be one of the most globally-trusted places to meet.”
Click here to view the latest Coronavirus guidance from the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Images: Auckland by night (top) and CINZ Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins (below).
2nd June 2020 - New Zealand Rugby announces details of new domestic competition
30th May 2020 - CINZ appoints Arna Wahl Davies as new Chair
25th May 2020 - Survey shows most New Zealanders keen to start travelling again
21st April 2020 - New Zealand Government looks to ease Coronavirus restrictions
15th April 2020 - Nature key to New Zealand’s post Coronavirus recovery
6th April 2020 - CINZ launches recovery plan to support business events industry
25th October 2018 - Global business events experts head to first ever CINZ Conference in Auckland
10th March 2015 - CINZ flags New Zealand’s growing convention centre infrastructure
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