The President and I have made the call to close the Club and Restaurant tomorrow (Sunday 22nd March) and Monday 23rd March. This is due to the recent announcement as noted below. The Executive Committee will meet Monday morning to reassess.
Today has been a whirl wind of information with more cases in NZ, now potentially being spread within the country, and to add to the local news, reports that the last cruise ship in Napier had confirmed cases. The latest announcement of the COVID-19 alert system. The alert system is a 4 level and we were on level one yesterday and today it has escalated to level two. The link the below will lead you to full information on the alert system.
A major highlight of this new alert level is that “HIGH-RISK PEOPLE ADVISED TO REMAIN AT HOME (e.g. those over 70 or those with other existing medical conditions)”
This is a great concern for us as a large portion of our members, visitors and guests are considered HIGH-RISK due to age and medical conditions. I understand that isolation and not coming out for social interaction is not what some of you support. But this is no reason to not put your health or life at risk.
We have not made this decision lightly, but these are difficult times for everyone everywhere.
We want you all to be safe.