Posted on Tuesday 28th April, 2020

UPDATED 28 APRIL 2020

We are in unprecedented times with the global impact of the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus) which is having a significant impact on people’s lives.

On Wednesday 25 March 2020 the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee, supported by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) made the decision to postponement the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games until 2021. Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) fully supports this decision. Full statement here.

PNZ have been monitoring the developments daily and have been in regular communication discussing the impact of this global pandemic on our staff, coaches, Para athletes, support staff and upcoming PNZ events. Information is being sourced from many different authorities including the Government, Ministry of Health, IPC, International Federations, HPSNZ, and PNZ Medical Director – Jake Pearson.

The latest HPSNZ updates can be seen at: https://hpsnz.org.nz/covid-19/  

IPC weekly updates can be seen at www.paralympic.org

PNZ LATEST DECISIONS

IMPORTANT: In response to the latest developments, including New Zealand now moving from Alert level 4 to Alert level 3 on Monday 27 April at 11:59pm, PNZ has made the following decisions related to Alert level 3:

  • International Travel – PNZ will not be sending any teams, individual Para athletes, coaches or support staff overseas until further notice.
  • Domestic Travel – PNZ will not be supporting domestic travel until further notice.
  • PNZ Events – All PNZ planned events up until end June will be either cancelled or  rescheduled (dates TBC). These include: Para Sport Pop Up, PNZ Celebration Project Events in Christchurch/Queenstown/Dunedin/Wellington.
  • Other Events – Member organisations have advised PNZ of the postponement or cancellation of domestic competition events.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will keep you updated with further information.

KEY CONTACTS

Should you require any information related to please feel free to discuss with your Manager and/or Programme Director.

For medical queries please contact PNZ Medical Director Jake Pearson at medical@paralympics.org.nz or 022 062 2038.

For welfare elated queries please contact PNZ Psychologist, Rod Corban at rod.corban@gmail.com or 021 941 765.

For any queries please feel free to discuss with myself, PNZ Chief Executive on 027 248 4828 or fallan@paralympics.org.nz.

ALERT LEVEL 3: PNZ GUIDELINES FOR ALL PNZ TEAM MEMBERS (INCLUDING ALL STAFF, CONTRACTORS AND PARA ATHLETES)

Please find below PNZ guidelines:

At Alert Level 3 all staff, contractors and Para athletes are asked to stay at home wherever possible and to stay within your bubble. Remember our current situation is bigger than sport.

At alert level 3, public health must come before an individual’s need to train.

The Government guidelines make it clear that New Zealanders are instructed to stay at home where possible and not interact with those outside their own household bubble, unless accessing essential services. It is key that we adhere to these requests in order to protect ourselves and others from the risk of infection, and to avoid unnecessary injury or illness that would further burden the health care system.

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic Games to 2021 provides an opportunity for us to refocus on what is most important, the health of our people and our country.

Once again, these are unprecedented times with information changing frequently.  The health, safety and well-being of our people and community is our number one priority and we will therefore continue to do all that is necessary to ensure that this is not affected.

Further details can be found here.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?

Symptoms of Coronavirus most frequently include fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, but vomiting and diarrhoea may also be present (see https://www.healthy.org.nz/ for further symptom details).

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE CORONAVIRUS?

If you have symptoms and may have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, you should phone Healthline’s dedicated Covid-19 number 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 from overseas) or contact your GP by phone.