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Level 2 Q&A

Question and Answers

Is all yachting and boating allowed under alert level 2?

Yes, this includes dinghies, keelboats, powerboats and pleasure craft as long as the guidelines around social distancing, hygiene and contact tracing are met.

Does that mean we can go keelboat sailing, not just short-handed sailing?

Yes. Again, you'll need to meet the guidelines. You will need to clean and disinfect boats each time you go sailing and supply santiser onboard and you might also consider suggesting crew wear sailing gaiters and sunglasses (more about preventing contact with face then filtering droplets) as well as full-fingered gloves.

What about club sailing? Will that be allowed?

Yes. Gatherings of up to 10 people outside and inside will be allowed under alert level 2 which means club sailing can go ahead.  Clubs will need to meet guidelines around contact tracing, hygiene and social distancing and it is advised to hold briefings and prizegivings online. Protests and hearings should take place while observing physical distancing. Inter-regional travel will be allowed under level 2 so it might see some travel to compete in regattas. 

Can more than one gathering of 10 be at the same club?

Yes, but there are important rules to follow. Indoors - gatherings or groups of 10 cannot merge and must maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres. This includes use of spaces like entries and changing rooms. Also, there can be no sharing of equipment between groups, unless these are cleaned first. Outdoors – multiple groups of 10 can rig/de-rig or launch in large outdoor spaces if they do not mingle and maintain distance from each other. The same rules around merging and sharing equipment also apply.

What is a gathering?

A gathering is a group of people who are intermingling, and includes both public and private activities, but does not include activities where people remain 2 metres apart (e.g. people at a playground or park) or activities undertaken on a business premises or educational facility. Gatherings include parties, weddings, funerals, tangihanga, religious celebrations, or spectators watching sports or music events.

Gatherings are not: offices or work sites (including professional sports, gyms), supermarkets, educational facilities, retail stores, cafes, bars or restaurants, public transport, hospitals, prisons, or malls (all of whom have their own measures in place to prevent transmission). Gatherings are not people going to a public venue like a swimming pool, or going to a park or a beach for a walk where other people are present.

For indoor venues like a shopping mall, or swimming pool there are guidelines for operating safely. There are two types of gatherings relevant to sport and recreation:

  • Gatherings of friends and whānau – where everyone knows each other
  • Lower-risk gatherings – where not everyone knows each other and therefore someone keeps records to enable contact tracing.

What are the rules about physical distancing?

At Alert Level 2 we can leave our bubbles and reconnect with our close friends and family again.  We still need to be careful, and socialise safely to keep COVID-19 under control.

  • Socialise with people you know and keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.
  • When out in public keep your distance from people you don’t know. Aim for 2 metres where possible.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people. This includes taking part in sports training, sports competitions and any form of play or active recreation.
  • More than one gathering can operate indoors and outdoors where 2 metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all time, including at places like entries, carparks and changing rooms, and provided that equipment Is not shared between groups without being cleaned first.
  • Sport and recreation activities can take place where more than 10 people are present if all participants maintain a 2 metre physical distance at all times and all other public health and safety requirements are in place.

Do the gathering rules apply to sport?

Yes. If a gathering is at a public or private venue (both indoor and outdoor) then the organiser of the gathering is responsible for making sure that the following measures are met: 

  • There are no more than 10 people (including coaches and match officials) in any one gathering
  • Keep 2 metres between individuals or other groups of people who don’t know each other unless the gathering is in a facility where contact details of attendees are being recorded in which case the distance is 1 metre
  • Keep a register of the contact details of everyone that attended if they do not all know each other
  • More than one gathering can operate indoors and outdoors where 2 metre physical distance can be maintained between groups at all time, including at places like entries, carparks and changing rooms, and provided that equipment Is not shared between groups without being cleaned first.
  • Sport and recreation activities can take place where more than 10 people are present if all participants maintain a 2 metre physical distance at all times and all other public health and safety requirements are in place

We've been hurting as a club because of lockdown. What can we do?

This morning, the Government announced a $25 million Sport New Zealand community resilience fund. Each club can apply for a maximum of $1000.

What will we need to do to set up a good contact tracing protocol?

Every club should identify one person whose role is to oversee this process and who is available to be contacted at all times. Yachting New Zealand are working on clubs and individuals being able to use the Yachting New Zealand app to do this, otherwise paper records will need to be kept for four weeks.

Our club relied on community trust funding? Will things go back to normal now?

Community trust funding is a concern. Pubs will be able to open again under level 2, meaning class 4 gaming (pokie machines) will be back in operation. But it's unlikely the flow of money from gaming trusts will happen quickly, perhaps not until mid-July, and it's likely to be at a reduced level. Generally, societies will consider previously lodged applications once funding recommences, however reapplications may be needed as most grants before lockdown would have most likely been declined.  If you have received investment from a gaming association for an event that could not take place, please return that investment. If in doubt, seek professional advice and act in good faith. 

What are Yachting New Zealand's plans around coaching clinics and holding regattas?

We see the restrictions on international travel as a great opportunity for New Zealand top sailors to connect with this country's yachting community at national, regional and club level. After all, our Olympic and youth sailors need to remain race sharp, which will mean competing in more class championships. It will also mean a number of this country's top coaches - Olympic coaches, Olympic sailors and experienced Yachting New Zealand coaches - will be more available to pass on their skills and knowledge and many will be coaching and mentoring at clinics this winter.

We're looking to facilitate a quality domestic racing circuit to replicate experiences that would have occurred at international events and we'll work with clubs, class associations and parents to make this successful and provide continuity between classes. We'll still look to select an NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team even though December's youth worlds are in doubt.

The aim is to restart the Aon youth clinics and also hold a national youth championships event in October as planned. We've found online tools to be particularly valuable over the last few weeks and these communications will continue.

There's talk of creating a trans-Tasman bubble so could that extend to sailing?

Absolutely, but we're obviously reliant on the border opening up with Australia. We've already been in detailed discussions with Australian Sailing about New Zealand sailors crossing the Tasman to train and compete and for some of Australia's best to head this way. This, however, could still be some time away and other international travel might not happen this year at all.