16 March 2020 – Gatherings restricted to 500 people

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Health
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet

Overview: The Prime Minister has called for gatherings with over 500 people present to be cancelled. This applies to non-essential events including sporting and religious events, but excludes school or university events.
Full details here: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12317127

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: To slow the spread and reduce the number of people infected