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COVID-19 Strategy

The Government released its new COVID-19 Strategy on 12 September which outlines protection requirements to help keep New Zealand safe with COVID-19 in the community. This Strategy replaces the old Covid Protection Framework (CPF) or Traffic Light System that was in place previously. There are no longer any restrictions for the Sport and Recreation Sector under the new COVID-19 Strategy. This means there are no longer any requirements around gathering or event numbers, mask wearing and vaccination certificates. 

Post arrival testing has also been removed as a requirement for anyone flying into New Zealand (for example athletes and teams) however it is recommended they complete tests on day one and day five after arrival.

Household contacts no longer need to self-isolate for seven days, however it’s recommended that they test daily for a five day period.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It affects your lungs, airways and other organs.

Coronaviruses are from a large and diverse family of viruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold. Other recent diseases caused by coronaviruses include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

SARS-CoV-2 was first recognised in China and likely originated in animals. It is still unclear how the virus came to infect humans. The disease spread to other countries, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

The virus has since undergone genetic mutations over time as it adapts to humans. Some of these mutations, such as the Delta variant, can spread more easily than the original virus and cause more severe disease.

COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • a fever of at least 38°C, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.

Less common symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea, headache, muscle pain or body aches, nausea, vomiting, confusion or irritability.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.

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Canoe Slalom NZ Requirements

From 12 September 2022 as per Government policy changes Canoe Slalom NZ no longer requires proof of vaccination prior to entry to Canoe Slalom NZ’s activities or the wearing of masks at events.