MotorSport New Zealand has edited its ‘Back in Motion’ guidelines to reflect the government’s Covid-19 protection framework.
Importantly, nowhere in the guideline does MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) say it is compulsory to be fully vaccinated to participate in live racing.
However, you will have to be fully vaccinated to compete in, officiate at or watch live racing at events using the My Vaccine Pass.
Whether a motorsport event enforces the use of the My Vaccine Pass is at the discretion of the event organiser or member club.
If motorsport events intend to go ahead under a Red or Orange light setting, the only way this can happen is with the mandated use of My Vaccine Passes.
Using Vaccine Passes at Red Light limits event gatherings to 100 people in a defined space (indoors), or to the maximum number of people who could occupy a space with one-metre social distancing.
At Orange Light, there is no limit on the number of people attending an event. The same is true at Green Light.
If organisers do not want to use the My Vaccine Pass, they must wait until Green Light before hosting an event. Even then, there are strict gathering size restrictions, and people must be physically distanced.
MSNZ’s guidelines say it is the event’s responsibility to check My Vaccine Passes. They “strongly recommend” the NZ verifier app does this.
Children under 12 years and three months do not need to show a My Vaccine Pass but they do count towards maximum numbers where applicable.
The guideline says clubs and organisers can ask the child for their age, date of birth, or to see their school ID.
Negative Covid-19 tests are not substitutes for revealing vaccine status.
MSNZ says face coverings are “strongly recommended” to be worn, but they do not say it is compulsory.
Event registration, documentation checks and drivers/officials briefing should be done either online when possible or in a socially distant manner.
Entry fees are best paid electronically.
Workers at events, including officials, volunteers and track staff, must have had one dose of the vaccine by December 3 and have until January 17 to be fully vaccinated.
My Vaccine Passes cannot be stored on file. However, if the competitor or worker is a regular attendee, credentials such as their name and Vaccine Pass expiration date can be held on record.
Clubs and Organisers must display posters and signage to tell customers entry is only applicable to those with Vaccine Passes.
Signage should be used to indicate the maximum capacity of indoor spaces.
Club Functions fall under a different category than events.
These can go ahead in Red Light with or without My Vaccine Passes.
However, using Vaccine Passes means in Orange and Green Light, there are no restrictions on the number of attendees.
Not using a Vaccine Pass means there are size limits at all levels, even in Green Light.
Some race tracks and event organisers have already confirmed they will be using My Vaccine Passes to resume racing under a Red or Orange Light environment.
Download the Back in Motion guideline here: