COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

General Information for all traffic light levels

Tennis NZ encourages all players, spectators, volunteers, staff, family, and whānau to get vaccinated – based on the best health advice from NZ and internationally. Being vaccinated means that more tennis activities and events can be delivered at clubs and centres around NZ, without the risk of them being cancelled due to traffic light restrictions. 

Tennis NZ wants tennis to remain accessible to anyone who wishes to enjoy the sport, however, there may be tennis activities such as indoor events, tournaments, interclub or larger gatherings that will require vaccine passes, and some tennis clubs and venues will choose to require vaccine passes as part of their conditions of entry.

Your setting will depend on where you are in New Zealand.  You must follow the rules for the setting you are currently in.  If there are no regional restrictions and you can move into another region, then you must follow the rules of the new region you go to. For example, if you are in an Orange setting but move to a Red setting, then you must follow the Red rules while in that location.  

Specific guidelines for each traffic light level within the protection framework is listed below. 

Other sites for more information

Aktive
Toolkit and templates for policies, letters, risk assessments, and decision making guides

Sport NZ
Settings Overview, Framework Table, FAQ's

Unite Against Covid-19
Sport at Red

Sport at Orange

ALL CLUBS AND FACILITIES MUST

  • Decide whether to require a vaccine pass to enter/participate/attend/spectate. You should consider your capacity.  Is your club a busy place that would often have more people on site than restrictions allow for? If your club has multiple spaces e.g., outdoor courts, pro shop, bar, then each of these spaces can have different vaccination requirements for entry.  This link explains how to operate both with and without vaccine pass requirements for different activities.
  • Keep contact tracing records and display covid tracer app posters
  • Face coverings are encouraged when you are not playing tennis, and might be required inside club rooms and indoor facilities

Vaccine Passes

  • Clubs and facilities can choose to operate following My Vaccine Pass requirements.  This means that all people entering need to provide a vaccine pass, including staff, contractors and volunteers.  Children under 12 years and 3 months are exempt from this.
  • Clubs and facilities must display posters advertising if they require people entering to have a My Vaccine Pass
  • Club committee or venue managers need to make the choice whether to ask for proof of vaccination.
  • Checking of vaccine passports as best as reasonably practical in all settings
  • You may switch between operating under Vaccine Passes required/not required, as long as your premises are cleaned between groups. For example, a tennis club could run a club activity such as club night for a small group of people under the unvaccinated rules, clean, and they can then do a larger gathering like a prize giving for using Vaccine Passes. You must clearly communicate what settings you are operating under and display any required signage.

Gatherings

  • Tennis activities generally fall into the category of Gathering rules on the covid protection framework.  The number of people that can meet or play at a club depends on whether vaccine passes are required.
  • There can be multiple Gatherings at one venue, however each Gathering needs to take place in a defined space with distance maintained between groups. Spectators at an outdoor gathering can be treated as a separate gathering and the same limits apply to them. 
  • Multiple Gatherings can occur at one venue, but groups must remain at least 2m from other groups at all times when outside, and groups require walls and separate air flows when indoors.

Capacity limits

Where there are limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play this is based on the size of the venue.  There must be 1m2 for each person.  Each gathering will have a maximum limit (e.g., 100 vaccinated at red).  You can have multiple gatherings at one venue as long as all groups are separated.  Outside separation is 2m.  Indoor separation is via walls and separate air flows.  As a simple example, if an outdoor tennis facility was 5000m2, you could have almost 50 separate groups of 100 attend (with each group separated by 2m).

Children Under 12

Capacity limits INCLUDE children under 12.

Coaches/Volunteers/Staff

Capacity limits EXCLUDE workers.

Face coverings/physical distancing

  • There are no requirements for physical distancing while playing tennis.
  • You do not need to wear a face covering while playing tennis.

EQUIPMENT

Equipment can be shared, but if you allow equipment to be shared by vaccinated and unvaccinated people in separate gatherings you will need to consider your cleaning requirements when swapping between groups.

TOILETS/CHANGING ROOMS

Access will depend on the location of these facilities (indoors or outdoors), and the vaccine requirements of the club/facility.  If the club/facility is operating under a vaccine pass requirement then only vaccinated people will be able to access toilets and changing rooms.  If the toilets or changing rooms are in a defined vaccine pass area of the club/facility (e.g., indoors), then only vaccinated people will be able to access them.  If the toilets are outside or in an area which doesn't require a vaccine pass, then everyone can access them.

Tennis at Red

There are more restrictions at Red, especially if vaccine passes aren't used.

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play)

  • All courts can open for use.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people.

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

  • Can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. See MBIE’s guidance for businesses.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people.

CLUB ROOMS

Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people.     

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD 

  • Hospitality rules apply for your bar or restaurant.  People must be seated and separated.  Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – up to 100 people.
  • The rest of the facility (e.g., courts or pro shop) does not need to follow Hospitality rules.

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • Groups and activity sizes are determined by the size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people.  Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • Coaches can coach in schools if they are vaccinated.
  • Coaches can work at clubs, facilities, events, competitions etc that require a vaccine pass.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed as an Event on the Protection Framework.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people.

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Most of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people 

EVENTS

Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., a ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match).

Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

Can open if vaccine passes are checked

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play

  • All courts can open for use
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

  • Can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. See MBIE’s guidance for businesses
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people

CLUB ROOMS

Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD

Contactless collection of food or drink only. No gathering to eat or drink outside of premises.

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • Groups and activity sizes are determined by the size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people. Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • If unvaccinated, coaches won’t be able to work in schools, clubs, facilities or at tournaments, competitions or events that require vaccine passes.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed as an Event on the Protection Framework.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people.

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Some of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • If your activity will be negatively impacted by Gathering restrictions your club/venue might consider requiring vaccine passes to be checked. For example, if your tournament is likely to attract more than 25 players, then running it as a vaccine pass tournament means you can still go ahead at red – up to 100 players.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 25 people

EVENTS

Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match)

Cannot operate/go ahead

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

Cannot operate

Tennis at Orange

There are less restrictions at orange if vaccine passes are used.  Gathering limits are removed, Events can go ahead, and bars can open with no restrictions. 

If a club, event, business, or organisation does not wish to request proof of vaccination, they will have to usually operate within more strict limits on capacity and space requirements.

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play

  • All courts can open for use.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can attend/play.

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

  • Can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. See MBIE’s guidance for businesses.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play.

CLUB ROOMS

No limits on the amount of people that can enter.

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD

Open, no limits.

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play. Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • Coaches can coach in schools if they are vaccinated.
  • Coaches can work at clubs, facilities, events, competitions etc that require a vaccine pass.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed on the Protection Framework as an Event.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play.

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Some of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play.

EVENTS

  • Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match).
  • No capacity limits for participants or spectators.

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

Can open if vaccine passes are checked.

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play

  • All courts can open for use.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people.

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

  • Can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. See MBIE’s guidance for businesses.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people.

CLUB ROOMS

Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD

Contactless collection of food or drink only. No gathering to eat or drink outside of premises.

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • Groups and activity sizes are determined by the size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people. Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • If unvaccinated, coaches won’t be able to work in schools, clubs, facilities or at tournaments, competitions or events that require vaccine passes.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed on the Protection Framework as an Event.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Some of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • If your activity will be negatively impacted by Gathering restrictions your club/venue might consider requiring vaccine passes to be checked. For example, if your tournament is likely to attract more than 50 players, then running it as a vaccine pass tournament means there are no limits on the amount of people that can enter/play/watch at Orange.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 50 people

EVENTS

Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match)

  • Cannot operate/go ahead

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

  • Cannot operate

Tennis at GREEN

At Green, there are very few restrictions when vaccine passes are used. 

If a club, event, business or organisation does not wish to request proof of vaccination, they will have to usually operate within more strict limits on capacity and space requirements.

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play

  • All courts can open for use
  • No limits on the amount of people that can attend/play

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play

CLUB ROOMS

No limits on the amount of people that can enter

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD

Open, no limits

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play. Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • Coaches can coach in schools if they are vaccinated.
  • Coaches can work at clubs, facilities, events, competitions etc that require a vaccine pass.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed as an Event on the Protection Framework.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Some of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • No limits on the amount of people that can enter/attend/play

EVENTS

Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match)

  • No capacity limits for participants or spectators

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

  • Can open if vaccine passes are checked

OUTDOOR COURTS (e.g., casual play, singles/doubles with friends, self-organised play

  • All courts can open for use
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

INDOOR COURTS/CENTRES

  • Can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the commercial premises that they run such as cafes. See MBIE’s guidance for businesses.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

CLUB ROOMS

Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

LICENSED BAR OR SERVING FOOD

Hospitality rules apply. People must be seated and separated.  Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – up to 100 people

COACHING

  • Coaches will need to follow the guidance of the club or facility they are working at.  It is critical that you talk to the facility owner or manager to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run coaching activities under the Framework.
  • Groups and activity sizes are determined by the size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people. Regardless of covid guidelines, Tennis NZ recommends a coach player maximum ratio of 1:6 on one court, and 1:8 on two courts.
  • If unvaccinated, coaches won’t be able to work in schools, clubs, facilities or at tournaments, competitions or events that require vaccine passes.

ORGANISED PLAY (e.g., club nights, interclub, cardio tennis, club champs)

  • These types of activities will generally be classed as a Gathering.  However, if your activity (indoors or outdoors) has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, West End Cup) then it is classed as an Event on the Protection Framework.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

A note on Interclub.  After lengthy discussion with Region and Association reps, interclub will follow the vaccine pass rules of the venue in order to operate.  It is likely that some interclub competitions will be held at clubs or venues that require a vaccine pass for entry.

TOURNAMENTS (e.g., association, region or national tournaments)

  • Some of these activities will be classed as a Gathering, some will be classed as Events.
  • If your activity will be negatively impacted by Gathering restrictions your club/venue might consider requiring vaccine passes to be checked. For example, if your tournament is likely to attract more than 100 players, then running it as a vaccine pass tournament means there are no limits on the amount of people that can enter/play/watch at Green.
  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

EVENTS

Your activity is classed as an Event if it is indoors or outdoors and has controlled entry focusing on spectators (e.g., ticketed sports events like ASB Classic, Breakers Basketball match)

  • Capacity limit determined by size of facility allowing for 1m2 of space per person – maximum of 100 people

GYMS AT TENNIS CLUBS

Can operate at Green, but there is a limit of up to 100 people allowing for 1m2 of space per person. The capacity limit is determined by the size of the facility.