Level 2!! Oct 4, 2021 19:05:23 GMT 12
Post by graemeh on Oct 4, 2021 19:05:23 GMT 12
On radio this morning Grant Robertson basically said that no part of NZ will go to Level 1 whilst there are active cases anywhere in the country. The reason being is they need to be able to limit any outbreak quickly and any event with big crowds (a.k.a a Superspreader event) will compromise that.
Followed up with the non-announcement later in the day that Auckland stays in Level 3 for an indeterminate amount of time with no end in sight. They then went on to state that the elimination strategy is dead in the water, so what does this all mean.
Even if the magical figure of 90% vaccinated is reached and let's be honest, there's more chance of Bruce Robertson and Bill Buckley sitting down for a cup of tea and a friendly chat, that still means there's about 120 000 people in Auckland or over 500 000 people nationwide still in the high risk category. The above contradiction does not help clarify the situation.
Bottom line, and I so hope I am wrong, but my recommendation is that you go online and click and collect a bag of potting mix, take it home and tip it over your head. There's an unhealthy chance that's the only way you'll have dirt flung in your direction this season.
It is all a bit confusing and I can't recall there being any direct mention of out-door venue limits.
It was mentioned "quote: Cabinet has agreed the rest of New Zealand will remain at alert level 2 - with the only change being the 100 person limit in hospitality venues removed." This to me opens up the possibility of some racing going ahead, I mean there are probably indoor hospitality venues that can hold several hundred people which would be riskier than an outdoor event of a 1 - 2 thousand people.
The Horse-race meetings planned in Christchurch shortly will be interesting, to see what is allowed and speedway can follow their lead. The GG brigade probably have more political punch than us lot and the associated rich listers who enjoy their racing may have some pull with those making the decisions. Where's Winston when you need him.
Personally I hope SNZ are making enquiries/presenting a case for speedway to operate at level 2, particularly considering the PM's emphasis on the outdoors posing less of a risk than indoors.