FAQs – COVID-Safe Regatta
What impact will Domestic Border Closures have on the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships?
RA will continue to monitor all border closures and evaluate the ability to access the Championships for all involved. The decision has now been made to proceed with the staging of the event in Tasmania, with consideration given to Federal and State Government guidance around the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
If my State/Territory is identified as a hot spot within 14 days of the Aon Australian Rowing Championships and Tasmania closes its borders to us, will the Championships still proceed?
The event may still proceed, but without a few of the States in attendance. This may alter the Championship ‘status’ of the event, or the event may be noted as not having all States/Territory present.
If I have been within an identified hot spot, at the time of possible transmission, will I be permitted to attend the Aon Australian Rowing Championships?
Based on current advice, any person identified from a hot spot in Australia, within 14 days of the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships and advised by their relevant State Government to self-isolate, will not be permitted to travel/attend. This will include any hots spots that are identified within Tasmania during the days of competition. It should also be noted, that while a person’s home State/Territory Government may not require them to self-isolate, the Tasmanian Government may identify your location as a hotspot and therefore you may not be able to travel to the event.
Will spectators be allowed to attend?
Spectator access to the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships will be permitted in line with the maximum attendance restrictions outlined by the Tasmanian Department of Health at the time of competition and as per RA’s COVID-safe plan approved by the Tasmanian Department of Health. Further information on access and how to purchase tickets can be found on the Australian Rowing Championships website.
If I make an entry for the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships and I am unable to attend due to travel restrictions, will I get a refund?
Yes, upon providing supporting documentation (if required).
If I purchase a ticket for the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships and I am unable to attend due to travel restrictions, will I get a refund?
Yes, upon providing supporting documentation (if required).
What is the advice on booking travel?
Rowing Australia strongly advises all attendees to only book refundable travel arrangements where possible. Should you have issues with regards to booking trailer transport on the Spirit of Tasmania, please email Alice Evans on [email protected]
I'm a trader - what if I can't travel to the event, do I get a refund?
If you have registered as a trader for the ARC 2021 and legally are unable to travel to the event due to a hard border closure from your State/Territory into Tasmania then RA will provide a refund (documentatin may be required as proof). Should you be in Tasmania and your home State or Territory puts up a hard border up to Tasmania, RA is not responsible for your hotel quarantine or expenses and a refund will not be offered.
Do I need to check-in daily to the venue?
Yes. Even if you have accreditation or a ticket (that will be scanned daily), you will be required to have the Check In Tas app on your phone and you will be required to scan a QR code on a daily basis to access the venue. This is a requirement of the Tasmanian Government.
Have Rowing Australia looked to postpone or relocate the event to a location which doesn’t have strict border closures?
Rowing Australia’s Board reviewed various options in order to ensure that the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships takes place, including postponement and relocation. However, the Board has now committed to delivering the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships in Tasmania.
Will Rowing Australia cover my costs if I am forced to quarantine upon arrival into Tasmania for the event or upon my return to my home State or Territory after the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships?
Rowing Australia will not cover any costs incurred by any individual in relation to quarantine or self-isolation that is required in relation to attendance at the Australian Rowing Championships.
What measures with Rowing Australia implement for the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships to ensure the competition is a COVID-safe environment?
Rowing Australia submitted a COVID-19 Safety Plan to the Tasmanian Department of Health, and Events Tasmania, which has now been approved (17 February 2021). Should you wish to discuss the plan or view it, please email Alice Evans on [email protected]
How will personal information be collected to ensure contact tracing protocols are satisfied?
The 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships will be a fully ticketed event, contact tracing information will be collected upon securing tickets. Athletes, coaches, support staff and workforce details will be collected via our accreditation system. In addition, all attendees will be required to register their attendance via a QR code daily.
What will happen if someone who is a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case has been at the event?
Rowing Australia will execute its COVID-19 Safety Plan in line with advice from The Tasmanian Department of Health. Attendees within the venue at the time of the suspected case will be contacted via SMS and email, with the advice to self-isolate and get tested. Rowing Australia’s cleaners will also conduct a deep clean of the venue.
What will happen if someone who is a suspected or a confirmed Covid-19 case has been at the event and the event is still taking place?
Rowing Australia will execute their COVID-19 Safety Plan in line with the advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health. Attendees within the venue at the time of the suspected case will be contacted via SMS and email, with the advice to self-isolate and get tested. Competition will be suspended until a full clean can be completed. The viability of the competition will be assessed in liaison with Tasmanian Public Health with a decision to be communicated ASAP.
If some States and Territories are unable to attend, will this still be regarded as a National Championships?
If there is significant disruption, in which border closures prevent access to the event by athletes from multiple States, Rowing Australia will review the status of the event as a National Championship.
What access will media have to athletes and to film/photograph at the 2021 Aon Australian Rowing Championships?
Members of the media will be permitted to interview athletes from an appropriate distance, from within the dedicated media zone. Members of the media will also have to go through the same safety procedure as other attendees at the Championships.
Photographers, with approved media accreditation, will be permitted. Photographers will be required to comply with all COVID measures outlined by Rowing Australia and any specific direction from Boat Race Officials.
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