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Covid 19 Coronavirus: America’s Cup: What Fans Should Know About Watching Races at Level 2

New Zealand’s pride stands out today as the America’s Cup race begins, but fans who want a glimpse of action from the coast should head to the TV screen.

This is a message from the organizer due to Auckland’s Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions.

Today’s defender team The race between New Zealand and Italian challenger Luna Rossa is at 4 pm on either Race Course A offshore from Takapuna on the North Shore of Auckland or Race Course E east of the city near Maraetai. It starts from 15 minutes.

Officials said these courses were chosen because they are “less likely to attract crowds on land” and therefore far from the coast or Auckland.

The event at the America’s Cup Race Village was also canceled, and the big-screen TV stopped broadcasting live-action from the harbor to prevent a rally of more than 100 people and to keep the spectators 2 meters away.

Nonetheless, sailing enthusiasts watching action from the water were expected to flood the harbor with recreational boats, and the city’s pubs and restaurants remained open.

“Covid-19 shows the importance of helping the locals. If you’re looking for a way to watch this week, why not show your action at your favorite bar, restaurant or cafe,” Auckland Unlimited said. General Manager-Destination Steve Armitage said.

Covid’s strict limits are far from what most people expected Team New Zealand to defend the Old Mug when it was first announced to be hosted by Auckland.

The Emirates Team New Zealand and the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team will face each other directly in the first race of today's America's Cup final.Photo / Attachment
The Emirates Team New Zealand and the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team will face each other directly in the first race of today’s America’s Cup final.Photo / Attachment

Most people expected the city to be flooded with cup parties and the marina to be flooded with rich and famous superyachts.

Auckland Unlimited’s Armitage hoped that the city would return to alert level 1 settings and the live cup event would resume by the weekend when the race was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

“If we move to alert level 1, we have big weekend actions planned, such as resuming many of the Summernova events,” he said.

“In addition to that, of course, a very special virtual performance by Sir Rod Stewart for the race on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, today’s two races from 4pm to 6pm and two races on Friday will be held under Level 2 restrictions.

The activity in Cup Village has been discontinued, but a spokesman for the America’s Cup event, which is licensed to run the race, said it is still open as “public spaces and boulevards.”

“The area in the village is always zoned for maximum capacity, regardless of Covid level conditions,” he said.

“When the capacity of a particular zone is reached, full home arrangements will be made and access will be restricted.”

There are no closed areas to ensure that people are limited to gatherings of 100 or less, he said.

“The America’s Cup event security team will monitor the public congregation and encourage them to stay socially distant,” a spokesman said.

The security team reports the problem to the control room, which contacts the police as needed.

“The ACE security team manages the overall security of the village, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the police.”

The police will also be present in the village.

Nearby pubs and restaurants are open, but must be operated under Level 2 restrictions, such as keeping tables 1m away.

Auckland Unlimited did not encourage people to gather on land to watch today’s race, but if Race Course A was chosen, Kennedy of Caster Bay, who had previously descended the stairs as a means of health and safety. I monitored the park.

The fan zone planned at Takaparawau or Bastion Point under Orakei Marae will also work only if Auckland returns to the Level 1 setting.

Fans are celebrating the Prada Cup final at the Auckland Viaduct waiting on February 13th. However, this time you must comply with Level 2 Covid restrictions.Photo / Brett Fibs
Fans are celebrating the Prada Cup final at the Auckland Viaduct waiting on February 13th. However, this time you must comply with Level 2 Covid restrictions.Photo / Brett Fibs

Meanwhile, officials said the spectator fleet could operate safely on the water, with individual captains responsible for ensuring physical distance and contact tracking on board.

It included a charter boat that took guests to see the race.

Neil Loise, North Maritime NZ Compliance Manager, also reminded the boat that it is important to wear life jackets and maintain safe speeds.

“If you are a skipper, you are legally responsible for the safety of the boat and everyone on board,” he said.

“The maximum speed allowed for all boats is 5 knots (about 9 kilometers per hour), within 200 meters of the shore and within 50 meters of other boats and swimmers.”

“There is also a 5 knot speed limit in the harbor and near the race track.”

Covid 19 Coronavirus: America’s Cup: What Fans Should Know About Watching Races at Level 2

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