Edgar Centre coping with strain of Level 2

The Edgar Centre can keep operating with restrictions in place for as long as it needs to.

That does not mean it will not feel the strain of the extended Covid-19 Alert Level 2, though.

The facility has lost about $30,000 in revenue over the past two weeks, general manager Blair Crawford said.

It has also had to operate with double the staff rostered on at busy times, a result of dividing its building into anywhere between three to five zones to maximise usage.

Each of those zones can take a maximum of 100 people at a time.

That has enabled it to continue running most of its competitions and training, without spectators.

However, the gathering limit has meant it has had to scale back on events.

It has had to cancel several tournaments, younger children’s competitions and a handful of breakfasts and similar functions.

Outdoor teams looking for training space when the grounds were closed were also unable to be fitted in.

Crawford admitted the extension of Alert Level 2 had been a blow. However, he was confident the centre would continue to operate as it had been.

"We’ll keep operating under Level 2 for as long as we need to," he said.

"But it was really disappointing news. I thought the South Island might move to Level 1 — that’s what I was hoping for last week.

"To extend it out another two weeks was a real blow hearing that news.

"We’ll just be kicking on and keep doing what we’re doing currently for longer."

He felt it was doing well under the restrictions.

While not everything was happening, Crawford said it was pleasing to still have so many people able to continue with their games and training.

Meanwhile, the public had been equally compliant, sticking to protocol and for the most part would-be spectators had not caused problems.

That was key as it maximised the number of people that could play at one time.

"It’s a real logistical exercise that’s not easy to maintain and co-ordinate," he said.

"But I think we’re doing pretty well to do what we’re doing under Level 2.

"We’ve had great support, particularly from netball and basketball to co-ordinate and reduce their draws.

"And the volunteers that have come in, particularly in netball, to help collect team lists because of all the contact tracing has to take place."

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