Covid-19 Information

12/11/2020

The country is currently in Alert Level 1. 

While there are no restrictions to events in Alert Level 1 we do recommend that you adopt the ‘Events Sector Voluntary Code’, (updated 5 October) at your event and continue with Covid-19 messaging and mitigation measures.  You should also include your management of Covid-19 in your Safety Management Plan.

You should also create a plan to understand if you could deliver the event in Alert Level 2 or other likely scenarios in the case of any changes in Alert Levels or other restrictions.  You can click here for an example plan created for the Criterium National Championships. 

Click here for the full and updated Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity.

 

 

 

21/9/2020

The countries current Alert Levels are below:

  • Auckland Region - as at 11.59pm on Wednesday 23 September Auckland will be at Alert Level 2.  - Gatherings restricted to 100
  • Rest of NZ - as at 11.59pm on Monday 21 September the rest of NZ will be at Alert Level 1.  

The Government will next review Auckland’s Alert Level on Monday 5 October. It has been agreed, in principle, to move Auckland down to Alert Level 1. The Government will make a final decision on 5 October.  If the Alert Level does change, this will be at 11:59pm on Wednesday 7 October.

Additional Support - if you have questions on the restrictions in place then we recommend you contact the Covid Health Line on 0800 611 116.  They are available to provide further assistance to ensure you are supporting the health response.

Running events in Alert Level 1
In Alert Level 1 we support event continuing as planned. We do recommend that you adopt the ‘Events Sector Voluntary Code’, (updated 5 October) continue with Covid-19 messaging and mitigation measures and include your management of this in your Safety Management Plan.

Running events in Alert Level 1 with other regional restrictions.
If your host region is in Alert Level 1 but another region is in Alert Level 2 that carry additional restrictions to gatherings (such as Auckland currently), we recommend you review how you can deliver the event with these riders while delivering the event within the intent of the guidelines of those additional restrictions. If you are not able to accommodate these riders within the intent of the guidelines consideration should be given to restricting entries or postponing the event. 

We understand that the interpretation of the restrictions for Aucklanders (currently under Alert Level 2) has created strong debate across many sectors (especially in the events industry). The government has reiterated that Aucklanders take their Alert Level settings with them when travelling out of Auckland. This currently includes the message that Aucklanders not to attend gatherings of more than 100 people in or outside their region.  

This position has been supported by Sport NZ and Covid Health Line.

This is different from individuals traveling around the country undertaking independent and un-organised activity which is permitted. 

We recognise that this announcement continues to provide uncertainty for club and event organisers where they have riders from the restricted region.  However, the overarching key message at this time is once again, one of taking a considered and measured approach to the ongoing delivery of your planned events and cycling activity within the intent of the guidelines. 

See more under "Running events in Alert Level 2".

Running events in Alert Level 2
In Alert Level 2, events may be permitted if they can meet and demonstrate the intent of the government guidelines. Your plan on how you will achieve this should be included in your Safety Management Plan.

Key guidelines for the Sport and Recreation activities at this level include (but not limited to):
- Community sports are limited to groups of 100 in a defined space. The person limit includes all riders, officials, staff, volunteers, contractors and spectators.
- Contact Tracing for all those attending your event.
- Physical Distancing
- Ensure that you receive approval from all relevant authorities (council, landowners etc)

There can be multiple groups, however all groups must be separated through consistent 2 metre physical distancing and prevented from intermingling or sharing common facilities (registration, portaloos, medal ceremonies, finish lines etc) at the same time.

We are aware that the current guidelines are also open to a wide amount of interpretation and recognise that there are some sports and events that have and are being planned to be delivered while in Alert Level 2. 

We strongly encourage all clubs and organisers to thoroughly understand the guidelines and create their own detailed and robust plans before continuing with any planned activity. 

Click here for more details from Sport NZ on play, active recreation and sport during Alert Levels. 

Click here for the full and updated Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity.

 

 

12/8/2020

Further to the latest government announcement on Tuesday 11 August 2020, we have reviewed our guidelines for the ongoing delivery of cycling events and activity.

We recognise that this announcement may cause uncertainty and anxiety for some of our clubs and members.  The overarching key message at this time is once again, one of taking a considered and measured approach to the ongoing delivery of your planned events and cycling activity.

Our guidelines will be continued to be updated as and when further information is released.

Click here for the full and updated Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity.

Auckland Region

Auckland region is moving to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August 2020.   

No gatherings (including cycling events and activity) are permitted (except for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga for less than 10 people). You can do recreational activities by yourself or with people from your bubble.

Rest of New Zealand

The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 from 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August.

Community sport can take place for up to 100 people and who can meet the government requirements.

The ability to meet the government guidelines is not the only consideration to take into account prior to resuming our desired activities. There will be a natural desire from some to continue as we have been able to do in the past few months, however, we strongly encourage all clubs and organisers to thoroughly understand the guidelines and create their own detailed and robust plans before continuing with any planned activity. While some of us have a strong desire to continue as we have been able, others will be nervous and concerned about returning to these environments. We recommend clubs and organisers plan and deliver in accordance with the 'Voluntary Code for the events sector to reduce COVID-19 related risks'. in addition to adhering to government guidelines. 

 

9/6/2020

Further to the latest government announcement on Monday 8 June, we have updated our Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and activity.

There are no restrictions for gatherings. Sport and Recreational activities can resume.

This includes information about resuming and continuing racing in Alert Level 1.  We recommend clubs and organisers review and support the 'Voluntary Code for the events sector to reduce COVID-19 related risks'. 

The key messages for clubs, organisers and those attending cycling events in Alert Level 1 are:

-If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise. Dont turn up at an event.
-If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
-Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
-Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
-If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
-If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
-Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
-Clubs should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
-Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
-People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Click here for the full matrix.

 

26/5/2020

Further to the latest government announcement on Monday 25 May and further clarification from Sport New Zealand, we have updated our Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and activity.

From mid-day Friday 29 May, gatherings must be restricted to a maximum of 100 people initially (both indoor and outdoor facilities), this will be reviewed on 8 June. For sport and recreation, a gathering includes spectators, players, officials and support staff.

People may participate in sport and physical activity where physical distance cannot be maintained however other public health measures be observed. Participants should maintain physical distancing when not participating in the sport or activity.

There is no cap on the total number of people allowed to be present, as long as gathering groups can be kept below the government requirements, physically distanced and other public health measures can be managed safely.  Click here for more guidance from Sport NZ.

The government have indicated they will review the restrictions on gatherings on 8 June. Our guidelines will be continued to be updated as and when further information is released.

Click here for the updated Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity.

Click here for an example of a Covid-19 safety plan to include in your planning when you resume cycling activity. 

13/5/2020

Further to the latest government announcement on Monday 11 May and further clarification from Sport New Zealand, we have updated our Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and activity.

'Gatherings' must be restricted to a maximum of 10 people (both indoor and outdoor facilities). This limit also applies to sport and recreation, and includes spectators, players, officials and support staff.

The overarching key message at this time is one of taking a considered and measured approach to the restart of your events and cycling activity. The ability to meet the government guidelines is not the only consideration to take into account prior to resuming our desired activities. There will be a natural desire to get back to racing, however we strongly encourage all clubs and organisers to thoroughly understand the guidelines and create their own detailed and robust plans before resuming. While some of us have a strong desire to resume as quickly as possible, others will be nervous and concerned about returning to these environments.

The government have indicated they will review the restrictions on gatherings on 25th May. Our guidelines will be continued to be updated as and when further information is released.

Click here for the updated Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity.

 

8/5/2020

We, along with many of you, have read and considered the recent information released by the government in regards to the resumption of sport and activity and Level 2 (when we get there).

The key message at this time is one of taking a considered and measured approach to the restart of your events and cycling activity. The ability to meet the government guidelines is not the only consideration to take into account prior to resuming our desired activities.

We share your desire to get back to racing, however we strongly encourage all clubs and organisers to thoroughly understand the guidelines and create their own detailed and robust plans before resuming.

To this point we (along with other sports) have asked for further clarification from the Government (via Sport NZ) on the resumption of sport in particular to what groups should be considered when looking at maximum numbers attending an event to ensure any resumption of cycling supports the intent of the overarching guidelines of this Covid-19 response.

We will be updating our guidelines here (current guidelines below)when this information is made available.

 

29/4/2020

Cycling New Zealand continues to recognise and acknowledge that we are in unprecedented times and that the impact on all events and organised activity has been significantly disrupted.

Click here for the Cycling New Zealand Guidelines for the resumption of cycling events and organised cycling activity in response to the Covid 19 Alert System that specifies measures to be taken against COVID-19 at each level as directed by the NZ Government. 

Click here for the full government Covid 19 Alert Level system. 

If you have any questions please email events@cyclingnewzealand.nz