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Alert Level 2 gathering restrictions eased

The government has made changes to the public gathering restrictions at COVID-19 Alert Level 2. This change removes the limit on the number of people allowed into both indoor and outdoor venues and instead allows for as many people as possible provided they are socially distanced by one meter. Face coverings are strongly recommended when indoors.

MotorSport New Zealand has no additional information other than what is publically made available from the government. We will continue to summarise the information from the government and update clubs as ig is released.

Auckland & parts of Waikato – Level 3 & 4:

No motorsport events are able to take place under Level 3 & 4.

Competitors, volunteers, crews and staff from these regions and Alert Levels CANNOT cross their respective borders to regions with lower alert levels.

The government will be reviewing the settings for the parts of the Waikato in Alert Level 3 on Monday, 11 October.

Rest of New Zealand – Level 2: 

Under Alert Level 2 motorsport events can take place using our ‘Back in Motion Plan’. This plan was successfully utilised in the previous Alert Level 2 restrictions to hold motorsport events.

The ‘Back in Motion’ document provides general guidelines for providing motorsport events during COVID-19 restrictions such as hygiene requirements, social distancing requirements and clarification around the number of people allowed at events.

The following basic guidelines are in place for motorsport events:

  • Everyone must ‘scan in’ to events using the NZCOVID Tracer App
  • There are no limits on the number of people allowed into a venue, however:
    • Face coverings are strongly recommended when indoors (such as documentation)
    • Social distancing of 1 meter must be maintained where possible

With social distancing requirements in place, it may not also be possible or appropriate for scrutineers to complete a physical safety audit prior to competition commencing. A self-scrutiny of vehicle safety has also been implemented as part of the resources.

Competitors will need to complete the safety checklist and submit it with their event entry alongside photos of the vehicle’s last three logbook entries.

Officials and volunteers also have a set of guidelines to ensure their safety on events. The basis of the guidelines is minimising person to person contact, mainly ensuring documentation is completed electronically where practicable.

Spectator admittance is permitted however spectators must maintain social distancing of one meter, and the event must still meet all current Government guidelines for gathering size limits. This will allow the organisers to ensure that their event is run within the guidelines set by the Government and MotorSport New Zealand.

The full list of resources can be found on www.motorsport.org.nz/organiser. All competitors, crews, officials, volunteers and event organisers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with it prior to competing or attending events.

What’s next?

As the government makes further announcements, MotorSport New Zealand will continue to communicate how motorsport can operate under each set of restrictions.

As always, the MotorSport New Zealand team are happy to help out if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 guidelines or procedures or for anything else you need assistance with.

We also remind everyone to visit www.motorsport.org.nz/covid-19 for the latest information regarding COVID-19 and motorsport.

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