The single most important thing to us here at MotorSport New Zealand is, and always has been, the health, safety and wellbeing of our competitors, volunteers, suppliers and staff. It’s no secret that safety is at the core of what we do and the COVID-19 global pandemic is no different.
So we’ve pulled together this page for you, summarising all the key information you need to know. Remember if you need to speak with us, you can find a list of key staff contact details here.
We wish you and your loved ones good health at this time and thank you for your assistance in helping us keep everyone safe.
- COVID-19 Organiser Resources
- Latest Update
- Previous Updates
- Financial Information and Tips
- Further Information
June 10, 2020: Back in Motion Alert Level 1 Update
MotorSport New Zealand are excited to see motorsport return to relative normality following the Government’s announcement that New Zealand has moved into Alert Level 1. As a result, the majority of the ‘Back in Motion’ guidelines and restrictions are no longer required at MotorSport New Zealand permitted events.
You can find the new Alert Level 1 table from Sport NZ here, which carries the following advice specific to sport:
- Under Alert Level 1 the disease is contained in New Zealand, but COVID-19 remains uncontrolled overseas.
- The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country.
- Motorsport under Alert Level 1 looks much like it did pre-COVID-19 but with border restrictions.
- There are no restrictions on businesses and services (including hospitality), no restrictions on gathering, no requirements for physical distancing, and no requirements to keep records to enable contact tracing.
- We still encourage clubs to maintain QR codes however where possible, to allow people to log where they have been.
- Continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of community transmission.
- In Alert Level 1 we should be prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels if we need to.
- As mass gatherings limits are removed, large events such as sports games or tournaments are able to go ahead. Organisers should be aware they may be asked to postpone or cancel gatherings under the circumstance that a significant outbreak has reoccurred, or if case numbers increase.
Outside of the guidelines from Sport NZ, MotorSport New Zealand still recommends the following guidelines and practices from its “Back in Motion” plan:
- Electronic event documentation: We encourage clubs to continue to utilise electronic event documentation when possible. A number of clubs have indicated to us that they have found some new efficiencies with this process compared to their previous methods.
- Hygiene stations: Good hygiene practices are still recommended from a public health perspective. Events should have hand sanitiser readily available.
- Electronic timing sheets: Similarly to electronic documentation, encourage clubs to continue to utilise this process as there are efficiencies to be gained.
- If you are sick or unwell STAY HOME: This advice remains in place, if you are sick or feel unwell please stay at home.
Click here for an information poster we encourage you to display in a visible area at your events.
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.
Please remember to check back here for the latest updates regarding COVID-19.
Previous MotorSport New Zealand updates:
- 4 June: MotorSport New Zealand announces $200,000 Back in Motion support package
- 20 May: MotorSport New Zealand’s ‘Back in Motion’ plan revealed
- 20 May: Sport NZ – Quick reference for play, active recreation & sport
- 14 May: ‘Restarting Motorsport’ plan underway
- 7 May: Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund
- 4 May: 2020 New Zealand Rally Championship postponed indefinitely
- 21 April: Alert Level 3 – Update from MotorSport New Zealand
- 21 April: Sport New Zealand guidelines on sporting activities at Level 3 & FAQ’s
- 2 April: Letter from CEO, Simon Baker
- 28 March: Financial Information to help with COVID-19
- 27 March: MotorSport New Zealand AGM, conference and annual awards postponed
- 22 March: MotorSport New Zealand office closure
- 19 March: MotorSport New Zealand to suspend all events for two months
- 19 March: Final round of MotorSport New Zealand Championship cancelled
- 17 March: Final round of MotorSport New Zealand Championship postponed
- 17 March: Update: MSNZ Championship event at Hampton Downs, March 27-29
- 16 March: Statement regarding Coronavirus and MotorSport Events in New Zealand
- 13 March: Coronavirus Update
Further Background Information:
We know that we all have a vital role to play in keeping all New Zealanders safe and healthy during this time. It’s important to know that our collective efforts will have an impact on the overall wellbeing of New Zealand.
Every decision we make is informed first and foremost by the safety of our people. With this in mind, we wish to reiterate this important information along with providing you with updates relating to the sport as they become relevant.
However, as this pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and will be for some time, we are continuously monitoring the situation and keeping abreast of the latest updates from the New Zealand Government. Therefore, we strongly recommend regularly checking this page for the latest updates that could affect activities here.
Secondary to protecting the health and wellbeing of our people, is minimising the impact on our sport as much as possible. So we’d like you to be assured that MotorSport New Zealand staff are continuing to work remotely during the lockdown period and will be available to assist you with any queries during standard business hours to help with this.
Please remember that to see the latest official advice or for further information regarding COVID-19, please see the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website here.
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