Covid-19 Australian Government advise against mass gatherings



Australia Government has advised against mass gatherings of more than 500 people and all international travel as the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Australia rose to 156.

No word at yet from the New Zealand Government on event restrictions

  • The Australian government affairs minister Peter Dutton has confirmed he has coronavirus, and was admitted to hospital after he woke up with symptoms on Friday
  • All AFL & NRL matches will be played without spectators
  • The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled after teams and spectators had arrived.  Media are reporting F1 may not start until May.
  • Australian Junior Track Nationals cancelled and Australian Elite/J19 Track Nationals postponed
  • Australian Age Swimming Championships and Australian Swimming Championships in Perth are cancelled
  • Already sporing events around the country are sizing down accordingly

Around the world

  • Ironman Group has released their COVID 19 statement
  • Xterra races have released a formal statement on COVID-19 here, and their event status update page here.
  •  XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship scheduled for March 28, 2020 and XTERRA Japan scheduled for September 20, 2020, have been cancelled, and three European Tour events scheduled in April - Malta, Croatia, and Greece - have been postponed
  • 2020 Absa Cape Epic cancelled due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic
  • ITU events Sarasota-Bradenton PATCO Paratriathlon American Championships, Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Junior North American Championships cancelled. 

World Athletics headquarters

To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus and protect their workforce and their families, World Athletics will be introducing new working arrangements for its head office staff based in Monaco.

  • From Monday 16 March all staff with children, living with elderly relatives or with specific health issues will work from home.  
  • During the course of the week, the remaining workforce, particularly those commuting from France, will work from home.
  • All business travel has been suspended.

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