Racecourse earmarked for town’s Christmas parade

Contingency planning is under way to hold Hokitika’s annual Christmas parade at the former racecourse, in light of Covid-19 restrictions.

Hokitika GP Anna Dyzel said that from a public health point of view, the venue would enable the event to be better controlled if Alert Level 2 restrictions were still in place.

Vaccination passports for large events had also been factored into the decision-making.

‘‘Bottom line — we will try and make the parade happen in a safe way to ensure we meet WorkSafe, Ministry of Health and community expectations,’’ Dr Dyzel said.

She said moving to the racecourse allowed organisers to control entrances. People would scan in for contact tracing, ‘‘which allows unlimited numbers’’.

‘‘It also allows us to check vaccine certificates if this is required by then.’’

Dr Dyzel said holding the parade in an uncontrolled area such as the CBD would limit numbers to 100.

‘‘The current plan is to use the inside gravel track — the one that the ambulance used to use during the horse racing.’’

The heritage-themed parade had been planned for December 10.

Dr Dyzel said regular float holders were being given plenty of notice to start planning, but had been advised plans could change at anytime; a small number had already withdrawn due to the uncertainties. — Hokitika Guardian

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