Athlete Update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

6 March 2020

Athlete Update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern as it relates to COVID-19. In response, and to prevent the virus from spreading further, governments around the world are taking a wide set of measures, including limitations on gatherings, events, and school activities, as well as travel and entry restrictions.

We are monitoring the situation with public health officials and authorities, including Ministry of Health in New Zealand to follow and implement guidelines dictated by health agencies and governments. 

At this stage, the Ministry of Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events, and therefore we will be proceeding with the Macpac Motatapu as planned.

We ask you to stay updated with respect to the impact of the outbreak in your location, follow governmental and agency recommendations to minimize risk, and follow any potential restrictions put in place. Anyone traveling for competition purposes should make themselves familiar with respective national and world health organization updates in those locations as well as travel policies from airlines and hotels. As always, athletes should monitor their personal health appropriately and not race or travel to any event if they are unwell.

Athletes are also reminded to practice hygiene protection measures recommended by the WHO that can be found here -

For up to date information on Covid-19 refer to the Ministry of Health Website at