Auckland Pride’s COVID-19 Plan:
Auckland Pride is committed to delivering a COVID-safe Festival, that keeps the health and safety of our community at the heart. Every decision that we, and our event organisers make, will be with your safety in mind. We knew since the pandemic began, that it would change what the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival would look like. It’s almost unbelievable to think that the Auckland Pride Festival was held in 2020. And after the year we had, it seems almost unfathomable to be going ahead with this year’s Pride Festival – but we can do so safely, and for that we’re so grateful.
Auckland Pride has taken the threat of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the community seriously since the August outbreak that reminded us all of the ever-present risk of the pandemic. Since then the Auckland Pride team has planned extensively with contingency plans, contracts and agreements, resources and support, and a timeline with which to support our decision making.
Auckland Pride will continue to work with the COVID-19 All of Government Response Group with assets and advice to ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in the community during the Auckland Pride Festival. While we navigate delivering a Pride Festival during the pandemic we’re committed to being as transparent as possible with our community, event organisers, and stakeholders to provide confidence in the safe delivery of the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival.
12/3 Major Events Resume: Auckland Pride is relieved that the region is returning to Alert Level One at midday today, marking a return of postponed Pride events this weekend and allowing our Festival to continue until April 17. Read the latest update.
5/3 Hopeful Major Events can return next weekend: Following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will move to Alert Level Two, Auckland Pride and Proud Centres are hopeful that when Alert Levels are reassessed at the end of next week, we can hold the IMAN Ball, and the SPLASH Pool Party next weekend at Alert Level One, as the final major events in the Auckland Pride calendar. Read the latest update.
2/3 Updates to Postponed Pride Festival Events: As Auckland Pride continues to respond to the impact of Alert Level Three on our events, we will provide regular updates on the status of events, postponement dates, and any additional information for our community. Read all updates to our events.
1/3 Level Three Festival Event Update: Auckland Pride will continue to support its artists, event organisers, and community as the Festival’s 40 postponed events expand beyond February in response to changes in Alert Levels. Read our full update.
27/2 Pride Postpones: Following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will return to Alert Level Three from 6am Sunday 28 February for a period of 7 days, Auckland Pride is postponing the remainder of the Festival, and will continue to update the community as information comes to hand. Read our full update.
22/2 Pride Returns in Full Colour: Auckland Pride is incredibly excited by the announcement that Tāmaki Makaurau is returning to Alert Level One, so that Pride Month can continue in full colour – with the Pride March and Pride Party on Saturday marking a return to mass celebrations of Pride! Read our full update.
18/2 Festival Events Update: Following yesterday’s update we have some further changes to Festival events, including postponement dates for events affected by the changes in COVID-19 Alert Levels. Read all updates to our events.
17/2 Auckland Pride Moves to Level Two: Auckland Pride is implementing its Alert Level Two Plan until Monday at 11:59pm. This will be in place until we receive further advice from the Government around Alert Level Settings. At this time we are able to confirm the plans of our 56 events that were scheduled to take place this week between Thursday 18th and Monday 22nd of February. Full list of updates here.
16/2 Festival Events Update: Following yesterday’s update we have some additional changes to Festival events to announce for the current Level Three Period, and for the rest of the week. Read all updates to our events.
15/2 Alert Level Three Festival Plan now in place: Auckland Pride has fully implemented its Alert Level Three Festival Plan, with updates on the status of events available for all 26 events that were planned to take place between 7pm Sunday 14th and 11:59pm Wednesday the 17th of February. We will continue to update event listings when event organisers have updates, but for now we are in a position to provide an overview of the actions we’ve taken for each of the 26 events. Read the full overview and update here.
14/2 Pride moves to Alert Level Three: Following this evening’s announcement that Auckland is moving to Alert Level Three for three days in response to Auckland’s latest community cases of COVID-19, Auckland Pride is implementing its Festival Alert Level Three plan with immediate effect. This moves the Festival online, with some events postponing or cancelling due to the alert level restrictions. Read our full update here.
14/2: 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 Ashley Bloomfield have advised us that it is still safe to continue the Ending HIV Big Gay Out and other Auckland Pride events. Read our full update here.
28/1: 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 as we outlined in this statement. At this stage we are not implementing any changes to our events and will continue to follow the advice of health officials.
27/1: Following the announcement of two new cases of COVID-19 in the Ōrewa Community, Auckland Pride wishes to re-affirm our previous statement that we are prepared to swiftly implement our Alert Level Two Festival Plan, and are awaiting more advice and information on the 28th. Once more guidance is released we’ll be in a position to fully update our community on our response to these latest cases.
24/1: In response to the news that a COVID-19 Case had been identified in Northland’s Community, Auckland Pride released this statement that re-affirmed the official advice from the Ministry of Health and re-assured our community of our ability to swiftly respond to COVID-19.
To make Pride unstoppable, we need your help! We need you to continue to take the steps in Alert Level One that keep us safe, and could prevent us from moving up to Alert Level Two or higher in the event of an outbreak. Keep washing your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth Tracing.
These measures, if used every day, enable fast and effective contact tracing which may prevent us moving alert levels, which would stop the Festival in its tracks – preventing thousands of our community to come together, fight for progress, and celebrate who we are.
At every Pride event you go to, we need you to register in advance or buy a ticket, scan the QR code of the venue or event, and have your bluetooth tracing turned on. These simple but effective measures ensure that we can safely trace, isolate, and test members of our community if necessary.
Ultimately, this is about more than the festival. This is about the overarching safety and wellbeing of our communities. We saw the vicious outpouring of homophobia in South Korea after a person infected with COVID-19 visited gay bars – so these measures protect us, our communities, and all of Aotearoa. We’re incredibly lucky to be going ahead with a Pride Festival in 2021, and these simple measures you can take ensure it will be unstoppable.
For Festival Event Organisers:
All event organisers in the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival were provided the How to Plan Pride in a Pandemic resource in November to assist with the planning and delivery of Pride events. It centres around three key principles: Plan ahead, be transparent, and be consistent. You can read the guide here:
All event organisers must follow the NZ COVID-19 Event Sector Voluntary Code in the execution of their event, must have registrations/tickets available in advance of the event, display NZ COVID Tracer QR Codes, and have a plan for their event if Auckland has to move up Alert Levels.
Individual events will have their COVID-19 contingency plans available on their event listing on the Auckland Pride Website. This is so we can be transparent with our festival-goers about what the plans are, so that if we move alert levels on the day of the event, audiences can know what to expect.