Breaking: Taree Easter Classic called off amid Covid-19 fears

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PRESS RELEASE

Coronavirus and the 2020 Taree Easter Powerboat Classic

As you are aware the Commonwealth has imposed restrictions on gatherings of 500 or more people in order to inhibit the effect of the Covid-19 virus spreading and other states have declared a state of emergency.

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Added to this, TAPBC has spoken directly to some NSW Emergency Services and have been advised that this limit is likely to be reduced to 200 or less in the very near future.

The current and proposed numbers will affect the running of our 2020 Easter Powerboat Classic where large groups gathered for racing or social functions are not permitted.

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Our projected estimate of “Entrant and Officials only” have us nearing the 500, so any reduction will make it unrealistic to attempt to host the event.

Further to this is the concern raised through yesterday’s post advising of the event now been spectator free and the indications that people are still planning on attending against our request.

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As disappointed as we are, we believe that it is in the best interest of public safety that the event be POSTPONED at this time.

A proposed date has not been set, as all event, dates must be ratified by the National Council of the APBA but we will work with them to negotiate an event date.

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This has been a difficult decision for the committee, notably being the 10th anniversary of the passing of Brain McCosker and Dave Bryant, but after consultation with industry experts, medical specialists and government regulations, the ability to present a great event has been made unachievable at this time.

The decision, while not forced, was clear in respect to the health and wellbeing of the entrants, crews and officials.

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As a club, we understand the need to limit and control the spread and as such, hope that everyone enjoys Easter with their families at home, this year.

The Committee of the Taree Aquatic Powerboat Club

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