Guidelines for Physical Activity

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On this page:

1. Play, active recreation and sport guidelines for Alert Level 1

2. Guidelines for physical educators in primary, intermediate and secondary school environments

3. Other Resources

Play, Active Recreation and Sport at Alert Level 1

Updated Tuesday 9 June

On Monday the Government announced that from 11:59pm Monday 8 June, the country will move to Alert Level 1. Play, active recreation and sport is now able to take place without physical distancing and there are no gathering limits. 

We encourage you to maintain good hygiene habits on and off the field to ensure we can continue to play and keep our communities safe. While none of the public health requirements are mandatory – it is important to remain vigilant to minimise the risk of community transmission. Under Alert Level 1 the disease is contained in New Zealand, but COVID-19 remains uncontrolled overseas. The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country.  

Sport NZ has produced a new Alert Level 1 table and the following guidance for the physical activity sector: 

  • There are no restrictions on businesses and services (including hospitality), no restrictions on gathering, no requirements for physical distancing, and no requirements to keep records to enable contact tracing.  You should still maintain QR codes however where possible, to allow people to log where they have been.
  • In Alert Level 1 we should be prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels if we need to.
  • As mass gatherings limits are removed, large events such as sports games or tournaments are able to go ahead. Organisers are encouraged to adopt the COVID Code (details coming soon) and should be aware they may be asked to postpone or cancel gatherings under the circumstance that a significant outbreak has re-occurred, or if case numbers increase.

For any additional questions on Alert Level 2 guidelines please send them to


Alert Level 2 guidelines for physical educators in primary, intermediate and secondary school environments

Updated Friday 15 May 

This document has been prepared for a New Zealand context, based on public health guidelines and our NZ Government Alert Levels. It provides ideas for physical education or physical activity contexts to support physical distancing when equipment or sports gear cannot be shared between children, and they must be 2m apart. Senior leaders, HODs, HPE leaders and teachers can engage with these guidelines and ideas. 

Please note - these guidelines have been updated since the start of the week. 

View the guidelines

Please note, there are different Ministry of Health Guidelines for Early Childhood Centres (ECC) - view here


 Other Resources 

Sport NZ 

Sport NZ have the following resources available on their website: 

You can view more information and resources on the Sport NZ website.

Physical Education New Zealand

The following guidelines, as well as more resources can be found on the Physical Education New Zealand website


On 11 May the Government also released more information on how different alert levels will work more generally. Please click on the tables below to find out more.

You can view the latest information on the Government's COVID-19 website.

Updated 12 May