Wellington Orienteering Club

COVID-19 Advice and Event Procedures

 Orienteering Wellington's advice and procedures as they relate to COVID-19 were last reviewed on 13 August 2020. 

Situation

Orienteering events will only occur at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Alert Level 1 or when no alert level is in place. 

As of 12.00 noon Wednesday 12 August, all of New Zealand (excluding Auckland) is at Alert Level 2. Auckland is at Alert Level 3. 

These alert levels apply until Wednesday 26 August.

Find out more about our orienteering event procedures at Alert Level 2. Procedures align to advice from Orienteering NZ, which follow national guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.

Additionally:

  • New Zealand's borders remain closed to non-citizens and those who are not permanent residents.
  • Restrictions, including travel and events, are as per COVID-19 guidelines.   

Controls at New Zealand’s borders remain, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed isolation. As COVID-19 is still uncontrolled overseas, there’s a focus on protecting New Zealanders with robust border controls. Further information can be found at Unite against COVID-19.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the lungs and airway. For most people, COVID-19 won’t lead to severe complications. However, some people can become very sick. COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease for which there currently is no vaccine.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are: 

  • a fever (at least 38°C)  
  • a cough 
  • shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 as they are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu. Current evidence suggests that it takes 2–10 days for symptoms to appear. People who display these symptoms may need to get tested for COVID-19.

Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. Scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

People may get infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. 

That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough and sneeze etiquette—into a disposable tissue or into your elbow. 

Further information

General information and resources to help keep you and others safe, healthy, and protected can be found at Unite against COVID-19.