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Media Release

14 February 2021


Auckland Pride is working closely with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation following today’s announcement of three new community cases of COVID-19. At this time the Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, and Director General of Health Dr Ashely Bloomfield have advised us that it is still safe to continue the Ending HIV Big Gay Out and other Auckland Pride events.

We are relieved that Health Officials don’t currently believe the risk is significant enough to move Auckland’s Alert Level, however we will continue to closely monitor any updates and be ready to change our plans accordingly. At this stage we are not implementing any changes to our events and will continue to follow the advice of health officials. We will continue to work with our community and event organisers as we maintain safety as our number one priority, and provide updates as necessary.

If you’re at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out today, please ensure that you’ve scanned in to the event QR codes, that you’ve registered through their ticketing platform, and using the provided hand sanitiser. Most of all, continue to have a great time in the sun and enjoy the wonderful event!

This underpins the importance of why we’ve mandated registrations in advance of free events, and why we all need to be scanning QR codes, turn bluetooth tracing on, washing hands, and staying home if sick. Following this advice, especially around scanning QR codes and bluetooth tracing, enables fast and effective contact tracing that could prevent us moving levels in future.

Our full COVID-19 plans can be found on our website and on individual event listings

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival is made possible through the support of our Major Partners: Spark & Rocketwerkz, and our Government Partners: NZ Major Events, Auckland Unlimited, and Auckland Council.

The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival runs 3-28 February.

For further enquiries contact: Max Tweedie, Director of Pride [email protected] 027 868 0774

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