COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK

The Covid Protection Framework 


Summary

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 April, all of New Zealand will be at ORANGE.

From Monday 4 April:

  • My Vaccine Pass will no longer be a government requirement (11:59pm)
  • Workforce vaccination mandate for the teaching workforce will end, as will mandates for those at My Vaccine Pass venues (11:59pm)

Covid Protection Framework Changes

Red

  • If using My Vaccine Pass, there will be no limits for outdoor activities, such as gatherings, events, competitions, club days, tournaments. My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4 April.
  • If using My Vaccine Pass, there will be a 200-person limit for indoor gatherings and events. My Vaccine Passes must be used until 11:59pm on 4 April.
  • If My Vaccine Passes are not used, the gathering limits remain unchanged.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings, except when playing tennis.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a club, centre, or coaching business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Orange 

  • No limits for outdoor gatherings.
  • No limits for indoor gatherings.
  • No requirement to use My Vaccine Pass.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a club, centre, or coaching business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Green

  • There will be no restrictions.
  • Everyone is encouraged to keep up good health behaviours.
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

Clubs/Venues with indoor and outdoor spaces

Indoor capacity limits don’t affect outdoor capacity limits.  For example, if you have indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or an indoor function space and outdoor tennis courts, then capacity limits only relate to the indoor space. 

Indoor spaces are generally considered to be venues:

  • that are enclosed by a ceiling and walls, or other similar structures, and
  • which do not have much, if any, flow of fresh air.

E.g., club house, indoor tennis centre

Outdoor spaces are generally considered to be places that have good ventilation, with a decent amount of free flowing, fresh air coming into the space.

For example, this could be because the venue:

  • does not have a roof
  • has fewer than 4 walls, or
  • because its walls do not go all the way up and still allow a significant amount of air flow.

e.g., part covered tennis courts or multi-purpose courts

If you are managing a club or venue that requires a customer to spend time in an indoor space:

  • Retail rules (i.e., capacity based on 1m distancing) likely apply to venues where customers travel directly through to an outdoor space, purchase goods, or use bathroom facilities.
  • Indoor rules apply to venues where customers come indoors to consume food, socialise, watch entertainment, or otherwise intermingle for any period of time longer than necessary than to undertake the activities above (i.e., travel directly through to an outdoor space, purchase goods, or use bathroom facilities).

From 11.59pm 4 April 2022

At all traffic light levels, the testing and isolation requirements remain as they are now. If you have symptoms or someone in your household tests positive, isolate and get tested.

Tennis NZ also encourages tennis centres, clubs, and organisations to now review their H&S policies, covid policies, risk assessments etc, with the above changes to the Covid Protection Framework in mind.  If you want to make a decision about your business using My Vaccine Pass, please head here for more information.

Tennis NZ will no longer require staff to be vaccinated, and will remove MVP requirements from its operations unless this is not possible due to 3rd party venue or business requirements.

My Vaccine Pass Changes

From 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. Until 4 April, where My Vaccine Passes are not used, the current restrictions remain — but after this time, the new capacity limits for each traffic light setting will apply to everyone.

After 11.59pm on 4 April, tennis clubs, venues or coaching businesses will still be able to use the vaccine pass system if they would like to.

Vaccine Mandate Changes

Vaccine Mandates for workers will be removed from some government sectors.  They remain for the health and disability sector, prison staff, and border and MIQ workers but will continue to be regularly reviewed.

Businesses will be able to voluntarily introduce workforce vaccination requirements if appropriate to the workforce.

The threshold to mandate vaccinations for workers is quite high, and it is unlikely that the Sport sector will reach that threshold. A government vaccination assessment tool consists of four factors. You will need to answer ‘yes’ to at least three factors before it would be reasonable to require vaccination for workers who carry out that work.

  • Does the worker work in an indoor space that is less than 100m2? No Yes
  • Is it unreasonable for the worker to maintain 1 metre physical distancing from other people? No Yes
  • Is the worker in close proximity to any other person for more than 15 minutes? No Yes
  • Does the worker provide services to people who are vulnerable to COVID-19? No Yes

You can make an assessment for your club or business here: https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/vaccination-assessment-tool/

Gatherings

See below for each Alert Level

Capacity limits

See below for each Alert Level

Children Under 12

Capacity limits INCLUDE children under 12.

In January 2022 children age 5-12 became eligible for vaccinations.  Currently, those under the age of 12 years and 3 months are not required to show proof of vaccination.  More here and here.

Coaches/Volunteers/Staff

Capacity limits EXCLUDE workers.

Face coverings/physical distancing

  • There are no requirements for physical distancing while playing tennis

From 11.59pm 25 March 2022:

  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings, except when playing tennis.

EQUIPMENT

You should continue to encourage people to wash their hands before and after using shared equipment.  It is also recommended to keep shared equipment cleaned and sanitised regularly.

TOILETS/CHANGING ROOMS

From 11.59pm on 4 April 2022, there is no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass for toilets and changing rooms.  Until then:

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.

Other sites for more information:

Sport NZ
Settings Overview, Framework Table, FAQ's


Business.gov.nz
Requiring My Vaccine Pass for entry

Tennis at Red

  • Clubs and tennis centres will be able to welcome all members, players, vistors and contractors (including unvaccinated) from 4 April 2022
  • There are no limits for outdoor activities
  • There is a 200-person limit for indoor gatherings and events 
  • If My Vaccine Passes are not used, the gathering limits remain unchanged (200 limit indoors, no limit outdoors)
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged — face masks are still required in most indoor settings
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a club, centre or coaching business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping

Tennis at Orange

  • Clubs and tennis centres will be able to welcome all members, players, vistors and contractors (including unvaccinated) from 4 April 2022
  • There is no limit for outdoor gatherings
  • There is no limit for indoor gatherings
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors
  • Other face mask rules remain unchanged – facemasks are still required in most indoor settings
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a club, centre or coaching business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping

Tennis at GREEN

  • There are no restrictions
  • We encourage you to keep up good health behaviours
  • There is no requirement to scan in or for a club, centre or coaching business to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping