At midnight tonight, everywhere in NZ except Auckland will drop down into Alert Level 2, which will be a huge relief to everyone. At level 2, you can do your usual sport and recreation activities, if you can do them safely, so there will be much more freedom to paddle normally.
There are still restrictions, which will be tighter than previously due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. It is important that all paddlers and clubs adhere to these restrictions so all of NZ can get back to L1.
Paddling at Delta level 2:
- You may paddle with other people outside of your bubble. Try to maintain social distancing of 2m and someone should keep a record of the people you’re with.
- Club paddling, training and events are able to resume.
- These must be limited to 100 people outdoors, or 50 people indoors. The 100-person limit includes paddlers and spectators. Officials are not included in the limit.
- At events and gatherings, ensure everyone records their presence via the NZ Covid Tracer App or manual record keeping. This is a requirement.
- Travel between regions is allowed at level 2 but not, of course, to Auckland.
- Ensure good washing of shared equipment.
- You must wear a mask/face covering inside public venues such as clubs, apart from to eat and drink. Social distancing of 2metres must be maintained indoors.
- When paddling, consider being extra safety conscious and risk averse.
- Try to paddle with a buddy.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
- Wear a PFD, take a phone and other safety equipment such as a flare/EPIRB.
- Paddle within your limits, considering conditions, route and equipment.
- Follow safe hygiene practices
- Regular cleaning of facilities and common use surfaces eg doorknobs to storage facilities.
- Regular washing and drying of hands. Ensure there is plenty of sanitising/hand washing facilities at venues.
- Do not go out if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid 19.
Auckland remains at Alert Level 4, where paddling is not allowed.
There are a few upcoming CRNZ events such as 10km National Championships and Blue Lakes 1. Discussions are currently being held and decisions regarding these events will be announced shortly.
Stay safe and have fun!