05 March 2021

Rugby league activity in Auckland may resume as of 6.00am on Sunday, March 7, provided the Level 2 requirements set in place by the New Zealand Government can be followed.

Although the remainder of the country will move to Alert Level 1 on Sunday, where gathering restrictions are eased, please note there are still NO CROWDS permitted at this weekend’s NZRL National 20s match between Central Districts vs. South Island at Jerry Collins Stadium in Wellington.

NZRL will provide a further update on the National 20s crowd restrictions for the remaining rounds next week.

Under Alert Level 2 restrictions, which Auckland will move to from 6am on Sunday, gatherings for sport are permitted if limited to groups of 100 or less and physical distancing of two metres for those not on the field is observed.

This applies to any form of rugby league activity, including trainings, games and other gatherings.

At all Alert Levels, electronic and manual contact tracing must be available and placed prominently at the entry point to any facility (indoor and outdoor). Click here to download and learn more about the NZ Covid Tracer app.

Anybody displaying symptoms of sickness, awaiting COVID-19 test results or linked to locations of interest for recent COVID-19 cases of sickness should not participate (or leave home).

High standards of hygiene must be adhered to at any rugby league activity or training, including regular and thorough washing and drying of hands, with hand sanitiser made readily available and used at regular intervals.

If any club, team or individual is not able to comply with the requirements listed below they must not resume rugby league activity.

Click here for full Ministry of Health guidelines and advice. 

  • Regularly disinfect all surfaces that you can touch, particularly the rugby league ball
  • All participants must regularly wash and dry hands with soap/detergent and or hand sanitiser eg before and after training or games, after using the toilet and after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid using changing rooms. Come to the ground ready to train or play and return home immediately after trainings or games.
  • Clubs and teams must provide adequate hand sanitiser and hand washing amenities with soap or detergent at the facility and ensure signage is visible encouraging good hygiene
  • Cough into elbow, avoid touching face
  • Stay home if you feel unwell, are awaiting a COVID-19 test or have visited a location of interest relating to a recent COVID-19 case
  • Don’t share water bottles and do not use team water bottles
  • Avoid spitting and coughing
  • Ensure any facility has extensive signage, NZ Covid tracer scan codes and information

NZRL is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to update you with the latest information, subject to ongoing Government updates.