New Zealand is currently on Alert Level 4 which means limiting non-essential travel to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. Tasman's Great Taste Trail will remain open during this time with the exception of 'EasyRider' due to a complete closure of Kaiteriteri MTB park. Mapua Ferry is also NOT operating. Please make smart and conservative choices about the trails you choose to ride and how you ride them as our hospitals and emergency services are already overburdened. Riders must observe the following advice to protect yourself and others:
- Don’t ride if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!
- Ride local trails only. With all non-essential travel prohibited and non-essential business along or near the trails closed, visiting other areas to ride is not an option. Travelling further afield increases the risk of community transmission, and the length of time we may remain at Alert Level 4.
- Ride only with the people you are self-isolating with. If you’re riding alone tell someone what your plans are.
- If you’re riding with your self-isolating group, make sure everyone knows the recommended hygiene guidelines before they set off.
- Keep at least 2m away from other trail users. When approaching other people slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Avoid narrow tracks where maintaining this separation may be difficult.
- Where possible, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.
- Try to avoid using public toilets. Go before you ride. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable.
- Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands, and disinfect your handlebars, when you get home.
- Be calm, be kind. Be responsible and show the community you care. Kia kaha (stand strong), united we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and get back to riding all of our beautiful trails.