Some of Auckland’s upcoming sporting events will go ahead while others are in doubt as the red traffic light setting brings gathering restrictions to events.
With the whole of New Zealand at red, and modelling showing the Auckland region could see up to 1800 Omicron cases a day at the peak of an outbreak, sporting event organisers are being forced to look at alternatives.
Round the Bays, New Zealand’s largest fun run, was set to celebrate it’s 50th year on March 6, but it is now one of the events currently looking at alternatives.
Event director Henry McLernon said: “We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation following the move to the red traffic light framework, and working hard to provide an alternative solution. The health and safety of all involved is our primary consideration.”
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Organisers of the Red Bull Flugtag, which challenged wacky engineers and fearless pilots to fulfil their dream of flying at Wynyard Quarter, were waiting to see what the next couple of weeks would bring.
Red Bull spokeswoman Amy Taylor said at this stage they were “all guns blazing” for the March 5 event, but they would not able to run in a red traffic light setting, and the plan in that case would be to postpone.
“Any formal decision to change the date will come over the next week or so if that does become the decision,” she said.
Auckland’s 182nd Anniversary Day Regatta is one of the lucky events that will still be able to operate in some form under the red light restrictions.
Joyce Talbot, executive officer of the Auckland Anniversary Regatta, said the event would be going ahead, but sadly parts of the event would not.
Talbot said the dragon boating, which consisted of about 400 paddlers, and the Waka Ama wouldn’t be able to participate.
“Obviously we don’t want to put anyone in danger or create a spreading event, but our boats are all designated as gatherings, and we can have 25 people, even our classics and big division-one boats don’t have 25 crew on them,” she said.
Controlled-access events that follow My Vaccine Pass requirements can have up to 100 people in a defined space at the venue at any time, based on one-metre physical distancing. This includes children, but not staff.