Mighty River Domain will not be hosting events in December due to uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 traffic light setting and lack of time to plan. Photo / Supplied
Another event location falls victim to the Covid-19 pandemic as the Waipā District Council announced that the Mighty River Estate will not host events in December due to uncertainty surrounding the setting. traffic lights and lack of time to plan.
Events scheduled for December were the 2021 Te Puku O Te Ika Regional Sprint Championships scheduled to take place December 11-12 and the Karapiro Christmas Rowing Regatta scheduled for December 16-19.
Mighty River Domain site manager and deputy mayor of Waipā District Council Liz Stolwyk said the news would be disappointing for some event planners, but not exactly unexpected.
“Unfortunately, we were still waiting for more details on large-scale outdoor events as part of the government’s new traffic light system, and without that clarity we had to take the tough call to suspend ongoing events in December. . “
According to the new Covid-19 framework put in place last Friday, all indoor and outdoor events will have no capacity limit for participants with vaccination certificates in green or orange, but in red the capacity limit is reduced to 100.
If an event does not require vaccination certificates as a condition of entry while a zone is orange or red, they may not work at all.
Waipā District Council’s director of real estate services, Bruce Nunns, said there is ambiguity about restrictions on events, especially open access and ticketless events.
“It takes time to understand the new operational requirements in order to plan how events unfold under traffic lights. While this is disappointing, city council must act with caution before committing to the extensive costs of hosting these events. “
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