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New Zealand business events sector welcomes removal of COVID-19 restrictions

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) applauds the New Zealand Government’s decision to cease all COVID-19 restrictions, emphasizing the positive impact this will have on the business events sector’s future.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has expressed its approval following the New Zealand Government’s decision to lift all COVID-19 restrictions as of 15 August 2023.

Recent data from the New Zealand Government indicates that COVID-19 cases have declined to their lowest since February 2022. Consequently, the government has decided to eliminate all current restrictions, including the seven-day mandatory isolation.

Lisa Hopkins, Chief Executive of BEIA, emphasized that industry associations have been anticipating this move. “The removal of these restrictions means that both international and domestic event planners and participants can now operate with increased certainty. New Zealand’s strategy regarding the pandemic has transitioned from immediate containment to sustainable, long-term oversight,” Hopkins stated.

Historically, the business events sector was among the initial industries to feel the effects of the government’s limitations on event attendance, with caps initially set at 100 attendees before a complete halt on all gatherings was imposed.

Reflecting on this challenging period, Hopkins said, “This was a significant phase for our industry, causing profound impact. Yet, during these challenges, we witnessed the inauguration of our international convention centres and received governmental acknowledgment for the industry’s significant contributions, both economically and socially.”

Hopkins concluded with an optimistic outlook: “It’s now the moment to put COVID behind and progress forward.”

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