The Hauraki Rail Trail is CLOSED to all users. This will remain in place as long as the country remains in Level 4 Response to COVID-19. We are following the Protocols for Coromandel as the Trail passes through this region. The safety of all our visitors, friends, family and trail network of business partners, cafes, accommodation and bike service companies are all affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Let's support each other and do our best to keep family and community safe. Your personal safety is of paramount importance. This is an evolving situation, so please check back here for updates.
The decision to close the trail while COVID-19 Level 4 protocols are in place was made after consideration of several factors including:
- Level 4 protocols demand that the population stays at home as much as possible.
- Exercise is recommended as a healthy outlet and many options exist for maintaining fitness outside the trail environment. The Prime Minister has advised that social distancing with walking/cycling must include a 2metre buffer which includes passing each other. The Hauraki Rail Trail width does not allow for this amount of buffer on 90% of the network.
- Mitigating the considerable health and safety risk is paramount for all New Zealand businesses with the possibility of death sitting at the highest level.
- The major demographic for Hauraki Rail Trail users is our seniors 65 years plus. This is a high level risk group even amongst our local population.
- Avoiding Congregation - our users do congregate on the trail, it's natural, we are social animals. Congregation will occur particularly at rest areas and at the tunnel entrances. We cannot prevent users touching hard surfaces, seating, bridge railing or being in close proximity to each other.
- The virus can stay viable for up to 72 hours on hard surfaces, including toilet doors and outdoor seating.
- With maintenance teams now restricted to essential services only, management has been advised that toilets on the network would not be cleaned and no soap could be supplied.
- All cafes alongside the trail will be closed, along with any anxillary rest rooms that they supply.
- Support services are majorly restricted with shuttle operators no longer carrying passengers.
The only way we can assist in shortening this period of pain for New Zealand is to adhere to the recommendations made by central government.
The Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust is looking forward to reopening the trail as soon as conditions allow, that support the health and wellbeing of our community.
We will endeavour to keep our community updated via the website and social media. You can find more information about what Alert Level 4 means for you here.
Many thanks for your understanding.
E noho haumaru mai
Diane Drummond - Chief Executive Officer - Hauraki Rail Trail
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