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.
If Auckland Moved to AL2 Today:
Auckland Pride would activate our Alert Level Two Plan and would expect to deliver the entire Festival during Alert Level Two. All events would switch to their level two plans, which may include postponing, moving their event online, or limiting their capacity and social distancing. For specific information visit the event listing. A decision on the Auckland Pride March postponement would be made on the 13th of February.
If Auckland Moved to AL3 Today:
Auckland Pride would activate our Alert Level Three Plan and would expect to deliver the entire Festival during Alert Level Three. All events would switch to their level three plans, which would mean moving their events online or postponing. For specific information visit the event listing. The Auckland Pride March & Party would be postponed.
If Auckland Moved to AL4 Today:
The 2021 Auckland Pride Festival would be cancelled. While we believe this is extremely unlikely, Auckland Pride would evaluate the situation in this instance and provide support to our communities digitally and update separately.
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 Organiesrs:
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.