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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Update 23/3/20


A message from the Athletics Auckland Board Chair regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

Hi Athletics Auckland Community

The Prime Minister has announced that we have now moved to level 3 and in 48 hours from Wednesday to level 4, as we seek to slow down the spread of COVID-19 within New Zealand. This means some key changes for how Athletics Auckland and our associated clubs work as we focus on how we maintain our operational functions.

Regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the rest of the Athletics Auckland events planned for the Summer season and the start of the Winter Cross-Country season. Athletics New Zealand recommend centres and clubs postpone or cancel all athletics activities through May 31 and we support this.

* Clubs should postpone or cancel all club nights through until the end of May.
* We will review the situation in two weeks’ time and then every two weeks thereafter.
* The Junior Sections prize giving, and Junior Section AGM have been postponed. Further details will be posted in due course while we investigate possible new initiatives to host and celebrate our young athletes’ achievements.

Mt Smart and other tracks – From Auckland Stadiums
Following the latest updates from the Prime Minister, from 5pm today, all Auckland Stadiums venues will close to the public. This means that the Athletics track and all Fields will be unavailable for use from that time.

It is our intention to preserve access for our tenants to their offices for the next 48hrs, after that time we will secure the site perimeter and have regular security patrols. In 48 hours, our offices will close, and all staff will be working from home for the next four weeks.
This also means the AAI Gym will close immediately.

Athletics New Zealand
Athletics New Zealand have advised the following - Today we have shared an updated advisory with our centres and clubs. This is based on Ministry of Health information available as of 23 March, including this afternoon’s announcement of a shift to Covid-19 level 3 alert from today, followed by an upgrade shift to Covid-19 level 4 within 48 hours.

Athletics New Zealand advise that the following event changes New Zealand Championship:
The New Zealand Half Marathon Championships, April 5 (postponed, date to be advised)
The New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, April (postponed, date to be advised)
The New Zealand 100km Championships, May 10 (postponed, date to be advised)
The Rotorua Marathon & New Zealand Marathon Championships, May 2 (postponed till September 26, 2020)
This recommendation will be reviewed regularly and updated as more information becomes available.

We know that for many of our members, regular athletics events are an important social opportunity and about more than the competition. With the COVID-19 situation continuing to evolve, the well-being of the New Zealand athletics community remains our top priority. We ask everyone involved in athletics to follow the guidance from the government and to look after themselves and each other.

David Sim
Chair Athletics Auckland
23 March 2020


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