Otago Touch competitions and events suspended until further notice

17 Mar

Dear Otago Touch Schools, Coaches, Managers, Referees, Parents and Players; 
Yesterday the New Zealand Government confirmed that due to the ongoing containment efforts regarding Covid-19 - events or gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled. In addition, it was announced there will be further advice by the end of this week in regard to medium and small sized events.
 
Last night Otago Touch board members discussed how this affects our upcoming prize givings and competitions, with the immediate concern being around the current Junior Touch Module on Thursday for the next few weeks at the Kensington Oval and our OTA Prize Giving scheduled for 26 March.
 
We predict the attendance at Junior Module (including players, referees, parents etc) over the coming week will, at times easily be over 500 people. As such, we have taken the decision to postpone the junior module competition until further notice. 
 
Additionally we have decided to cancel the upcoming prize giving due to the fact we have a large number of people travelling from across the province to come and be confined in a small space for a few hours would not be conducive to the containment efforts. Prize winners will still be announced via email and social media on 26 March.
 
This decision has not been taken lightly, and its purpose is to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our members and their Whānau.
 
Over the coming days we will work with the Dunedin City Council, and Touch NZ to understand the latest Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government advice and how this applies to our competitions and events moving forward.
 
Any decisions made about the remainder of the competition will be communicated as soon as possible.
 
Until then, please feel free to contact us should you have any queries. I thank you for your understanding and support of our decision, as it has been made following national requirements, and in the best interest of everyone’s health.  
 
Kind Regards,
Jarrod Powell
Otago Touch - Operations Manager

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