Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Festival COVID Update 16 February 2021 2pm

The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team is monitoring the Alert Level situation and is continuing to prepare the event site in Glendhu Bay, Wānaka.

After the 1pm announcement today that a decision on the Nationwide Alert Levels will be made tomorrow at 1pm, we will carry on proceeding ahead in the hope that the Alert Level in the Southern Lakes Region will be moved down to Level 1 on Wednesday night and we will be able to continue with the Festival as planned.

If the Alert Level remains at Level 2 then the event will unfortunately have to be cancelled due to the Government Guidelines and Level 2 protocols.

An announcement from the Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team will be made as soon as possible after 1pm tomorrow afternoon, following consultation with the Board of Trustees and the Management team.

This will be then communicated via an email to athletes, parents, website update, Challenge Wanaka app SMS push and Social media channels.

We understand that the uncertainty around the event status is causing issues and complications for people and the team are working hard to keep everyone informed and make quick and responsible decisions. We thank everyone for their continued support and the positive messages we have received from our community, sponsors and stakeholders.

To recap on events and numbers of athletes:

Thursday 18 Feb – approx. 250 competitors
Puzzling World Intermediate Challenge
Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Adaptive Triathlon
Mitre10 Secondary Schools Triathlon at Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka
TRI NZ Under 19 Elite Triathlon at Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka

Friday 19 Feb – approx. 940 competitors
Puzzling World Junior Triathlon at Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka

Saturday 20 Feb – over 800 competitors
Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Half
Garth Barfoot Aqua Bike at Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka

We ask everyone to please abide by the Guidelines the Government has set out for Alert Levels within your region.

Please remember to stay home if you are unwell, call Health Line and arrange to get tested.

It is important we all sign in with the app or on paper records at every location we go into across the country and keep up good hand hygiene. Please wear a mask and social distance where necessary as the Government outlines.

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