Covid-19 and summer at Waikawa Beach

As we come up to the summer break Horowhenua is at Covid-19 Alert Level Orange. This may affect how we do our usual summer activities such as Sports Day, Boat Day, Sand Sculpture Day and the AGM, or community BBQs. The Committee is discussing this in regard to the activities we organise.

In brief, I read the requirements below to say: if everyone over the age of 12 years and 3 months shows a My Vaccine Pass then gatherings can go ahead with no limits, otherwise there is a limit of 50 people.

The official Covid-19 website specifies on the page Public and private gatherings at Orange (below are excerpts from the full text):

You can gather with anyone at Orange, with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restrictions.… Examples of gatherings that can go ahead at Orange include:

  • get-togethers and parties at your home or private dwelling
  • club functions
  • social sports
  • free public concerts in a park
  • community fairs

With My Vaccine Pass

If a gathering chooses to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, only people with a My Vaccine Pass are allowed to be there. Children under the age of 12 years and 3 months do not need to provide a My Vaccine Pass to enter places with a vaccination requirement.

You will be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass when you are at the venue.

There is no limit to how many people can be at the venue.

Without My Vaccine Pass

If a venue for a gathering chooses not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements:

  • At a gathering at your home, there can be up to 50 people.
  • At gatherings held at other venues, there can be up to 50 people based on 1-metre physical distancing in a single defined space at the venue at any time.

They can be a mix of people with and without My Vaccine Pass.

The limit applies to both indoor and outdoor venues.

The limit includes children. It does not include staff.

1-metre physical distancing and capacity limits

Capacity limits are based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was 1 metre apart. People do not have to keep 1 metre apart at the venue.

2 thoughts on “Covid-19 and summer at Waikawa Beach”

  1. So … in essence, enforce Covid vaccinations or limit our regular events to just 50 people (children included).
    I’m struggling to see how the events can realistically proceed. Do we really want to be vaccine-pass police? Who is really prepared to turn away unvaccinated people?
    Also, not mentioned above, will we require people to wear face-masks? I can’t see that working especially on boat day.
    And contingency-wise – will the events be cancelled outright if we end up in ‘red’ traffic light at little-to-no notice?
    Or do we throw abandon to the wind and simply run the events as usual, and ignore ‘the rules’?

  2. Considering these events are all held outside, and there are no recorded cases of covid/ places of interest listed on relevant websites, where covid has been caught in an outdoor enviroment, then its cleary nonsense, why they shouldnt go ahead

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