New community coronavirus cases have led to cultural and entertainment events across Auckland being cancelled and postponed over the next few days, as organisers adhere to the government’s Level 3 restrictions. All indoor public venues, including cinemas, in the “super city” have been forced to close.
Throughout the rest of the country, Level 2 restrictions mean public gatherings are limited to 100 people, which is also likely to affect events.
Here’s what we know so far:
We Heart Aotearoa
Organisers of the Queen’s Wharf-based weekend of celebrations for our “team of five million’s efforts so far” say they have postponed the R18 ticketed event, the Whānau Fun Day and We Love VR out of respect for the government’s request.
“We look forward to rescheduling We Love Aotearoa and celebrating New Zealand’s success yet again. Kia kaha and much aroha to all.” event founder Gabe Newell said in a statement.
Devilskin’s delayed start
Devilskin’s much anticipated New Zealand tour will not kick off as planned on Thursday night.
The Kiwi hard rockers were due to begin their six-week, 14-day Red NZ Tour in Auckland’s Brown’s Bay, but the city’s level 3 status has put paid to that show, while Friday and Saturday’s gigs in Hamilton and Mt Maunganui have also been postponed.
New dates for all three concerts have been announced (September 19, October 2 and 3 respectively), with tickets already purchased via Eventfinda valid for those new shows. Those after a refund are advised to make contact before August 21.
Kiwi trio Sol3 Mio have called off their planned Thursday night concert at Auckland’s Spark Arena due to the coronavirus restrictions.
“We are disappointed and we know you will be too, but the most important thing is that we all work together to beat Covid-19 again,” the band said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
Organisers said at this stage the concert was not cancelled, and they would provide an update about whether the concert could be rescheduled in the near future.
The Classic Comedy Club
The Auckland institution has announced that they are currently “pausing for effect” while the city is under Level 3 restrictions.
“Hold on to your seats if you have booked for Big Wednesday, Thursday Pro Night or the Weekend All-Stars and L8 Shows. You will be able to transfer your tickets to a similar show on a future date when we return to Level 2 or Level 1,” management wrote on Facebook.
“Meanwhile, take care, be kind, and try and have a D.I.Y. laugh at home. Oh, and wash your hands.”