The governing bodies of various New Zealand motorsport disciplines have established a collaborative partnership to work through the government’s Covid-19 traffic light system.
MotorSport New Zealand, Speedway NZ, Motorcycling NZ, KartSport NZ and the NZ Drag Racing Association will collaborate with Sport NZ and the NZ Events Association to work out how they can run motorsport activities under the system.
The partnership’s purpose is to create one set of guidelines about how events will be run for all disciplines once the country moves into the system.
“The pooling of resources will enable the timelier development of the guidelines and create a stronger case for any lobbying to government agencies if required,” read a MotorSport New Zealand statement.
Under the traffic light system, it could become compulsory for motorsport competitors, crews, and officials to be fully vaccinated.
Vaccination certificates become necessary to have outdoor events of at least 100 people under red light.
There are no limits on social distancing and how many people can attend an outdoor event if vaccine certificates are used in amber and green light.
Only once the country is in green light can outdoor events go ahead without proof of double vaccination.
Even then, only 100 people can attend, and they must be socially distanced.
However, all five motorsport bodies emphasise it is not currently required to be vaccinated to attend events.
Until the traffic light system is implemented, each sport will continue to operate under its own Covid-19 guidelines.
The traffic light system kicks into gear once the country has 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.