The Traffic Light System

What to Expect

Let’s get through this new season together. The Government’s Traffic Light system came into effect on the 3rd of December as part of New Zealand’s Covid-19 response.

This information is relevant for both our Te Kauwhata campus and our Pakuranga campus. Groups under the umbrella of a church are considered a “gathering” under the Covid Traffic Light system. This includes worship services, Eastgate Kids, Youth & YA activities, connect groups, local mission groups & team meetings for purposes of organising such gatherings. These may occur outside or inside. Sunday services for everyone will recommence in person early February. We will advise specific details on this mid-January and are planning to host services with and without vaccine passports.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to gather together in person as you are able. Due to renovations our buildings are not available, however Christmas and summer are a great opportunity to meet together in homes and outdoors. We know this new way of operating can be frustrating, so let’s keep love and grace at the forefront of everything we say and do.

We will keep this page as up to date as possible to keep our whānau and wider community informed.

General Gatherings

For gatherings where vaccine passports are not required.

Red Light

  • Gatherings can have a maximum of 25 people attending, excluding leaders & staff members of that gathering.
  • Pre-registering required only when this limit could be exceeded.
  • If held on church premises a QR code for contact tracing is required & sanitiser will be available.
  • If not on church premises, leaders are required to record attendance.
  • Vaccine Passports will not be required.

 Orange Light

  • Gatherings can have a maximum of 50 people attending, excluding leaders & staff members of that gathering.
  • Pre-registering needed only when that limit could be exceeded
  • If held on church premises QR code for contact tracing is required & sanitiser will be available.
  • If not on church premises, leaders are required to record attendance.

Green Light

  • Achieving Green Light status is some time away, we believe. That means there is likely to be a change in protocols before we arrive at Green Light level. This will be detailed at a later date.

Other Gatherings

For gatherings where vaccine passports are required

Red Light

  • Vaccine passports sighted on entry for team and attendees (due to expiry dates, sighting needs to happen for each gathering.)
  • Gatherings can have a maximum of 100 people attending, excluding leaders & staff members of that gathering.
  • Pre-registering needed only when limit could be exceeded.
  • If held on church premises QR code for contact tracing is required & hand sanitiser will be made available.
  • If not on church premises, leaders are required to record attendance.
  • No food, however contactless drinks can be served by one person.
  • Where possible, online options will be available as alternative to meeting in person, so as to include those without vaccine passports.

Orange Light

  • No pre-registering or limits on attendance.
  • If held on church premises QR code for contact tracing is recommended & sanitiser be available
  • If not on church premises, leaders are required to record attendance.
  • Vaccine passports sighted on entry for team and attendees (due to expiry dates, sighting needs to happen for each gathering.)
  • Food and drinks are able to be served as normal.
  • Where possible, we will continue to provide online options as alternative to meeting in person, so as to include those without vaccine passports.

Green Light

  • Achieving Green Light status we believe is some time away and there is likely to be a change in protocols before we arrive at Green Light level, this can be detailed at a later date.

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