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COVID-19 Protection Framework Update

November 18, 2021

As we draw closer to the implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, we have been fielding an increasing number of calls from Member Clubs, Competitors and Volunteers who are seeking some guidance on how the COVID-19 Protection Framework will affect motorsport events in the future. This document is designed to provide some guidance on our understanding of the framework however this will continue to evolve as more information comes to light over the coming weeks.

It’s important to note that in order for motorsport to get ‘Back in Motion’ we need to ensure that we are observing any mandates or guidelines put in place by the NZ Government, particularly under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

MotorSport New Zealand understands that it is certain that all motorsport events from December 15th will take place under the Covid-19 Protection Framework. However, it is possible that the whole country may move into the COVID-19 Protection Framework as early as December 1st and Member Clubs should prepare for this accordingly. Current indications are that Auckland will start in the Red setting with the majority of the rest of the country starting in Orange. This will mean that Member Clubs, organisers and venues will need to follow the guidelines of the framework as shown below along with any other conditions that may be in place at the time. Therefore, we encourage our Member Clubs, Competitors and Volunteers to carefully consider what the Covid-19 Protection Framework will mean for them in the planning, delivery and attendance at events.


The following table outlines how the COVID-19 Protection Framework is currently structured. This explains the scale of event that organisers can run based on the number of people attending, with or without the use of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate checks.

COVID-19 Protection Framework Where COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates are used: Where COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates are notused: How we all stay safe:
GREEN There will be no limits on events. Up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing, seated, and separated. – Record keeping and scanning will be required.

– Face coverings are encouraged indoors.

ORANGE There will be no limits on events. Events will not be able to take place – Record keeping and scanning will be required.

– Face coverings will be mandatory at public venues and encouraged elsewhere.

RED Events can take place with up to 100 people, based on 1 metre physical distancing. Events will not be able to take place – Record keeping and scanning will be required.

– Face coverings will be mandatory at public venues and encouraged when leaving the house.

Although the NZ Government has provided us with these initial guidelines, they are a long way off answering the questions we have asked in regard to the running of motorsport events. We would like to assure you that we are continuing to ask those questions and will provide feedback as we get answers.


COVID-19 VACCINATION CERTIFICATES
While MotorSport New Zealand is not mandating the requirement for vaccinations, we will follow all NZ Government requirements around the COVID-19 Protection Framework, which may result in the need to present COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates at certain events and/or venues. When the COVID-19 Protection Framework is implemented by the NZ Government, Event Organisers will be required to comply with this framework, as well as the MotorSport New Zealand Back in Motion guidelines for an Organising Permit to be issued.

Examples of where events may require the use of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate checks include:

  • The current status of the COVID-19 Protection Framework of the region the event is taking place in
  • Size of event
  • Conditions surrounding the venue hire
  • Preference of the Event Organiser

As shown in the table on the previous page, there is the ability to organise and run events whilst not utilising COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate checks however those events will be limited in the amount of people who may access them and under what level of the framework the country or region is in.

Competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators should be prepared that in order to attend some of their much-loved motorsport events, they may need to be vaccinated. If the event you wish to attend requires this, consideration needs to be given around the timeframes required to become fully vaccinated.

Currently information surrounding how the implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate checks at events will work isn’t readily available, and there are many more questions to be answered. However, what we do know is that vaccination certificates are now available via “My Covid Record”, We encourage those who have been vaccinated to get registered as soon as possible. As more information becomes available around the “check-in” process, we will inform Member Clubs and Organiser of how this should happen.


CHANGEABLE GUIDELINES

Due to the nature of COVID-19 and the forever changing environment, organisers need to be prepared to respond swiftly in response to any potential updates, as we have learnt that these can be implemented within hours of announcing any new guidelines.

MotorSport New Zealand is constantly monitoring and receiving information daily and will be issuing updated guidance accordingly to ensure we can offer as much support to our Clubs.

The “Back in Motion” guidelines will be updated and reissued when MotorSport New Zealand receive further clarity on how the COVID-19 Protection Framework will be implemented.

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