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COVID-19 update

Covid-19 update – 25/03/2020


The country goes into level 4 lockdown tonight and the Swimming Wellington team has moved out of Pelorus Trust Sports House and is now working from home. We are lucky that technology allows us to continue in a pretty much uninterrupted fashion.

Whilst there will be hardly any activity over the next 4 weeks, if you do need help with anything then we’re still available on the phone and via email - and we’ll do what we can to support our swimming community.

The main thing now is for you and your family to stay safe, follow the government’s directions and help our country get through this.

Take care

Martyn Newman-Hall

General Manager – Swimming Wellington



UPDATE: 20/03/20

In the last few days we have seen the following relevant developments –

  •          the government has advised that gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors should be cancelled
  •          Swimming New Zealand has announced measures it is taking to protect the swimming community by rescheduling NZ Opens and cancelling other meets
  •          a  person is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 travelled through Wellington


The advice from Ministry of Health has been updated to include instructions to self-isolate for 14 days if you have visited any country outside of the Pacific Island nations in the last 14 days. 

It is essential that if you feel at all unwell then you should stay away from others, and do not attend events. It’s also very important that everyone maintains good hygiene practices. 

Many clubs have meets scheduled over the next period of time and the decision on whether or not to continue with those meets is the responsibility of each club. However the government’s advice on indoor gatherings of more than 100 is clear.

We would suggest that if you have an upcoming meet then your committee should urgently discuss whether or not to proceed. Committees should also consider what this pandemic could mean for routine training. Also, it is important that we keep a focus on the bigger picture and make decisions that are in the overall best interest of our communities. 

We strongly encourage you to stay informed on the latest advice from the Ministry of Health. 

The most important thing is to keep our community safe and to not put anyone in a position where they feel unsafe. Even if a meet proceeds, some individuals may decide that they perceive the risk is too great for them. That decision must be respected. No one should feel pressured to attend any event or venue in any capacity if they are at all uncomfortable to do so. 

We will continue to take our lead from SNZ and the MoH and will provide you with whatever information and advice we receive. 

Kind regards


Martyn Newman-Hall

General Manager – Swimming Wellington