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In light of the Association’s rapidly changing responsibilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, I want to provide some common sense guidance for all members.
Clearly this is an unprecedented situation with potentially serious consequences if we get it wrong.
Having said that, there’s no need for panic. We need to stay calm and make clear-headed decisions that are focussed on our #1 priority - safeguarding our members’ health.
As we are all well aware, the pandemic has proven to be particularly hard on the over-60s (which, of course, encompasses a fair percentage of our membership) so if you’re faced with an either/or situation in relation to your club activities, my advice is to err on the side of caution.
Two key aspects of doing that, the experts tell us, are cutting down on social interactions and careful handwashing.
On the other side of this pandemic, I’d far rather apologise for what might be seen in hindsight as an over-reaction; than to have to explain why we didn’t have the courage to make some hard decisions that could have saved lives.
Well aware that what we’re dealing with is very much a moving target, here is the current situation:
Area and SIG Rallies:
We have asked Area and SIG Committees to think carefully about the advisability of continuing to run rallies – knowing full well the average age of those who attend.
Area and SIG Committees have been given the go-ahead to cancel their rallies until further notice should they choose to do so.
For your information, I am in regular communication with the President and we will be further considering this issue later today. I will report any further decisions as soon as they are available.
Please check here on the website for up-to-date information.
There is no thought, at this stage, to close our NZMCA Parks, given the wide open spaces we’re generally operating in.
Having said that, please respect the Park Custodian’s position and don’t infringe their personal space. A bit of extra consideration in this difficult situation will go a long way.
Signage is being posted in our parks to reiterate the health authorities’ advice re limiting social interaction and the vital importance of handwashing in keeping the virus at bay.
Certified Self Containment:
If you need to update your vehicle’s CSC, please be aware that our volunteer CSC Officers have been given permission to choose whether they fulfil their duties during the pandemic.
Please don’t be offended if they’re not as ‘available’ as you’d like. Again, please be aware of the vital importance of handwashing in your dealings with fellow club members.
The National Office team has contingencies in place should the situation escalate. In the meantime, please conduct as much business as you can by phone or email – rather than through dropping in to the office.
With an increasing number of Events throughout the country being cancelled due to the pandemic’s impact, please make sure you check this website or the Motorhome Friendly website for up-to-date information before heading to an Event.
I trust this clarifies – well, as much as we can in this fast-changing situation - where we stand right now. As I said, there’s no need for panic; but we do need to use our common sense and not lose sight of our #1 priority - safeguarding our members’ health (including yours!).
So, if you’re faced with a situation where you have any doubts at all – trust your instincts and err on the side of caution.