The NPC schedule for the rest of the season has been announced with New Zealand Rugby confirming semifinals and finals will be held with the remaining 11 teams outside of the Auckland region.
However, there will be no promotion and relegation between the Premiership and Championship this year.
The 11 teams outside of the Auckland region will play the remaining four weeks of round-robin matches, with Premiership and Championship semifinals and finals scheduled for the second and third weekend of November.
The first two weeks of the NPC were played in full before Covid-19 alert level restrictions saw the competition put on hold.
With Auckland based teams unable to rejoin the competition, NZ Rugby has made changes to ensure the integrity of the competition is maintained.
In addition to the scheduled round-robin matches, there will be a non-competition match played each week featuring teams that would have otherwise played Auckland region teams, to ensure teams don't go two weeks without a game.
Any additional, non-competition matches hosted by the Ranfurly Shield holder will not be considered mandatory challenges. The first non-competition match will see Tasman hosting Bay of Plenty on Sunday, October 17, at 2.05pm.
While the Auckland-based teams' matches both played and scheduled remain on the points table, points for matches unable to be played against Auckland-based teams will be split two points for each team.
The final adjustment to the NPC will see semifinals and finals played in both the Premiership and Championship but no promotion or relegation for any teams this season.
NZ Rugby general manager of community rugby Steve Lancaster said: "We are grateful to be confirming the remainder of the Bunnings Warehouse NPC, the teams can continue to train and play with certainty. While our fans and rugby community will have six more weeks of provincial rugby to look forward to.
"We acknowledge there are elements of the competition which have been impacted, which is unfortunate but also unavoidable. It wasn't an easy decision to remove promotion and relegation, we realise this is disappointing for some teams but with the Auckland region unable to compete, we needed to ensure the competition outcomes are as fair as possible and we also don't know with any certainty that further teams won't be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions before the end of the competition.
"The Super City competition for Auckland-based teams is still an option. We continue to work with the teams and key partners on the feasibility of making this happen. Our hope is to have an update later this week."
Waikato and Northland regions are currently operating under Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, with the teams from those regions currently based in Tauranga and unable to play at home until those regions return to level 2.
Northland were scheduled to play Otago in Whangarei on October 15. The match will be relocated to Rotorua for the same time and day. Waikato were to host Taranaki at home on Saturday, and the team remain hopeful of playing at FMG Stadium and will wait for the Government's next alert level update before announcing where they will play.
Revised NPC schedule
Week 7 (Friday, October 15–Sunday, October 17)
Friday 7.05pm: Northland v Otago, Rotorua International Stadium.
Saturday 2.05pm: Waikato v Taranaki, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton (TBC).
Saturday 4.35pm: Canterbury v Hawke's Bay, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch.
Saturday 7.05pm: Manawatū v Wellington, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North.
Sunday 2.04pm: Tasman v Bay of Plenty **, Trafalgar Park, Nelson.
Week 8 (Friday, October 22–Sunday, October 24)
Friday 7.05pm: Otago v Canterbury, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Saturday 2.05pm: Taranaki v Manawatū, TET Stadium & Events Centre, Inglewood.
Saturday 4.35pm: Wellington v Southland**, Porirua Park, Wellington.
Saturday 7.05pm: Hawke's Bay v Waikato (Ranfurly Shield), McLean Park, Napier.
Sunday 2.05pm: Bay of Plenty v Northland, Tauranga Domain.
Week 9 (Friday, October 29–Sunday, October 31)
Friday 7.05pm: Canterbury v Tasman, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch.
Saturday 2.05pm: Otago v Wellington, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.
Saturday 4.35pm: Bay of Plenty v Waikato, Tauranga Domain.
Saturday 7.05pm: Manawatū v Hawke's Bay, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North.
Sunday 2.05pm: Southland Northland, Rugby Park, Invercargill.
Week 10 (Friday, November 5–Sunday, November 7)
Friday 7.05pm: Waikato v Otago, FMG Stadium Waikato.
Saturday 2.05pm: Tasman v Wellington, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim.
Saturday 4.35pm: Canterbury v Bay of Plenty, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch.
Saturday 7.05pm: Hawke's Bay v Northland **, McLean Park, Napier.
Sunday 2.05pm: Taranaki v Southland, TET Stadium & Events Centre, Inglewood.
** These are non-competition fixtures that do not count towards the 2021 NPC competition (ie no competition points will be awarded from these matches).
Semifinals (Friday, November 12–Saturday, November 13)
Friday 7.05pm: Semifinal 1.
Saturday 2.05pm: Semifinal 2.
Saturday 4.35pm: Semifinal 3.
Saturday 7.05pm Semifinal 4.
Finals (Friday, November 19–Sunday, November 21)
Friday 7.05pm: Championship Final.
Saturday 7.05pm: Premiership Final.