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
27 February 2021: 27th February Alert Level Upgrade
The government has moved Auckland back into COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand back into Level 2. At this stage, these restrictions are in place until midnight on Saturday, 6th March.
If the restrictions are extended beyond this time, it may affect some motorsport events in New Zealand. As we had in 2020, MotorSport New Zealand has the following plans in place for different alert levels.
We acknowledge some events are currently taking place in Auckland and all Sunday competitions will need to be cancelled. If you still have equipment or vehicles at the event venues, you will need to wait for instructions from the event organiser on how to collect these.
Level 3 & 4:
No motorsport events are able to take place under Level 3 & 4.
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.
Anyone entering a venue where a motorsport event is taking place must have their details recording for contact tracing. MotorSport New Zealand has developed a number of resources for event organisers to use such as:
- Utilising the government’s NZCOVID Tracer app and QR code tracking posters.
- A venue plan checklist to ensure event organisers comply with the government guidelines around mass gatherings.
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 be clearly segregated in their own ‘defined space’ away from the participants and officials of the event, 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.
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.
Please remember to check back here for the latest updates regarding COVID-19.
Previous MotorSport New Zealand updates:
- 27 February: 27th February Alert Level Upgrade
- 17 February: COVID-19 Alert Level reduction
- 15 February: February COVID-19 Alert Level change update
- 11 September: Spectators permitted at events
- 4 September: COVID-19 Revised Back in.Motion Guidelines
- 14 August: COVID-19 Alert Levels Extended
- 12 August: August Alert Level COVID-19 Update
- 10 June: Back in Motion Alert Level 1 Update
- 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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