This section provides clubs and coaches with the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19. We will continue to keep you updated and thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time for all of us.
New Zealand is Currently at Alert Level 1
Find below what that means for your club, along with a range of resources to help you comply with Government Guidelines.
All of the information listed below is current as of 1 September 2020
What the COVID-19 Alert levels mean for clubs:
Please note that Squash NZ are not experts on pandemics and as such all New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health information, guidelines and directives supersede this information. This document has been put together by Squash NZ, affiliated Districts and external sources, with the purpose of informing our squash community how we are responding to Covid-19, and to provide recommendations for what we believe is the best course of action for all squash organisations, clubs, coaches, and facilities.
From 11:59am on Wednesday 19 August all businesses must display a NZ COVID Tracer QR code. To get your COVID-19 Tracker code visit : Unite Against Covid-19 Tacker Code
This information is consistently being reviewed as more information is made available.
Further Information on Bar Advice for Clubs: Level 2 Bar Operations Squash NZ 12/08/2020
For more information on the COVID-19 Levels visit : https://covid19.govt.nz/
Sport New Zealand guidelines can be found here : Sport New Zealand
For Aucklands level "2.5" see here : Auckland Level 2
Work safe saftey plan can be found here : worksafe.govt.nz
Club Covid Tool Kits:
These tool kits are designed to help clubs through the process of reopening and getting squash up and running again. New tool kits will be progressively added as we move through the alert levels and further Government advice is available. Please note that Squash NZ are not experts on pandemics and as such, all New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health information, guidelines and directives supersede this information.
Please click the picture to access the toolkit. This information is relevant as of 8 May 2020
Club Ready Tool Kit:
This tool kit contains information to get your club ready to
open the doors and create a safe environment.
Alert Level 2 Activity Guidelines Tool Kit
This tool kit provides clubs with a number of resources
to prepare for opening under Alert Level 2
Coaching at Level 2
This tool kit brings together best practice tips for people
looking to coach players during Alert Level 2
Squash NZ Forums
Squash New Zealand is running a number of online club forums to assist clubs to navigate through COVID-19.
Survival & The Future:
The video recording to this forum can be found here : Survival & The Future
To access the chat notes click HERE
Check out Ian's website for more insights https://www.sportforgoodconsulting.com/blog
To rewatch the webinar click HERE
Engaging your members virtually:
The video recording to this forum can be found here: Engaging your members virtually
Heathers notes can be found here: Engaging Members Virtually_HD
Click HERE to see some of the examples Heather talked about
Getting your club ready to go:
The video recording to this forum can be found here: Getting your club ready to go
The access the chat notes click HERE
For advice on opening gym facilities click HERE
For some Digital Tools to help clubs click HERE
For information on the cleaning product click HERE to order contact your closest branch https://www.alsco.co.nz/
Squash New Zealand affiliation levy
We acknowledge the Government restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 is causing significant impacts on all squash clubs throughout the country. One of the most immediate and serious impacts faced by clubs is the unexpected loss of revenue. When we first entered lockdown we advised that all affiliation levies would be deferred until further notice to give clubs some time to focus on other priorities. As acknowledgement for the disruption to squash and to support clubs in their recovery Squash New Zealand are pleased to advise a 20% subsidy of the 2020 affiliation levies (invoiced this February for the period of 1 Oct 2019 to 30 September 2020). Districts either have been, or will be in touch, to advise what measures they are putting in place to support clubs through this period.
As each club will have their own unique financial challenges we are offering two options to claim the 20% subsidy.
Option 1 - Clubs with an immediate need for the subsidy can reduce their current (2020) affiliation levy amount. A credit note for 20% of the total affiliation levy will be issued shortly. Clubs that have an immediate need for financial relief that have already paid the full 2020 affiliation levy can request a refund of the 20%.
Option 2 - Clubs that don’t have an immediate need for the subsidy can indicate their preference for the credit note (being issued shortly) to be put against their 2021 affiliation levy when invoiced in February 2021.
With the New Zealand Government raising the COVID-19 Alert system to level 4, government regulations state that all squash clubs nationwide (as non-essential businesses where public congregate) must close effective immediately.
For those clubs with paid employees, you may be aware of the government’s support packages that were announced on early into the lockdown period. These are designed to help keep staff employed while organisations consider the disruption to their usual operations. Employers can apply through the Ministry of Social Development and pass the payments on to staff through wages.
To Learn more: https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-businesses-and-organisations/employers-including-rse/
To apply visit: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#null