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Will there still be a Speed Week

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The DLRA have no intention of cancelling Speed Week or the World Speed Trials Australia. We are endeavouring to do everything to make sure it happens.
However the Government and powers that be may make it impossible for us to conduct an event.
The latest announcement by the Prime Minister is afternoon is a good example of that, putting a blanket recommendation to all event organisers to postpone non-essential gatherings of 500 or more people.
So what exactly does that mean, well I'm buggered if I know and until I am given more information which the Prime Minister tells me he will be releasing over the weekend we do not have enough facts in front of us to make any decisions or determine if this directive has an impact on us.
I consider Speed Week to be a low risk event, with less chance of getting an infection there than travelling on public transport for example. There are 2 main factors to getting the virus, proximity and duration. Within 10 feet and for up to 15 minutes. Both of these are easy to avoid at the lake or the camp.
There will be a teleconference on Sunday night of DLRA committee and officials where the facts will be discussed. I'm sorry for those from the West and Queensland that are keen to leave, but at this stage, with what has been announced that the very best we can do.
So all I can do is say, watch this space for more updates.
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Re: Will there still be a Speed Week

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The lake and the camp aren't the worst issue, the canteen will be the best place to pick up some germ or other at mealtimes.

I have a sinking feeling we may have to cancel, although I sincerely hope not.
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The only way the event will be cancelled will be if the DLRA Committee call it or the Govt put on a ban the DLRA have to abide by.
To date I am sure the DLRA Committee are doing what is best for the members.
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See the following information from Food Standards ANZ which states that transmission of COVID19 via food has not been observed to date.

https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consum ... AFETY.aspx

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PRESS RELEASE
16/03/2020

Dry Lakes Racers Australia Inc
Greg Wapling President
PO Box 349
Castlemaine VIC 3450
info@dlra.org.au

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The DLRA 30th Anniversary Speed Week and World Speed Trials Australia #2 has been postponed to a date yet to be confirmed.

After exhausting all avenues it is with great sadness that the DLRA has come to the realisation that to conduct Speed Week and WSTA for 2020 has the potential to put people at risk.
Something that it strives to limit and remove from all of it's activities.

There are several key reasons as to why this decision has been made, and we can assure everyone it has not been made lightly.
The strategies that are being deployed to combat this virus by Government and other organisations is placing enormous demands on a finite group of specialists.
Originally we had planned for 3 doctors to be in place for the 2 events, but as of today we only have 1 and there is no guarantee that even he will be available by the end of the week.
Similarly the South Australian Country Fire Service is calling on its members to reduce their extra curricular volunteer activities as they are forced to replace members who have been inflicted with the virus.
We could no longer guarantee the appropriate medical and fire services that are required for such and event.

Now that the Corona Virus has been officially identified as a pandemic, most public liability insurance policies consider any episodes to be exempt which would leave the DLRA open to financial ruin.
Even with the concerted efforts that the DLRA were prepared to put into place through it's mitigation plan would not be enough to ensure a safe, risk free environment.

To our international entrants, we are truly sorry, but with the recent introduction of the 14 day self isolation for anyone entering Australia, it has made competing impossible for many of you.

There will be more information made available in the days to come.

Please bear with us while we regroup and plan for the future.
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I have no doubt the Committee dealt with a very hard decision to end at that. Hopefully we can all work towards 2021.
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It appears that there was really only one way this could go - any other decision would have been irresponsible. Thanks to Greg and the Committee for providing even more of their time than usual to address this.

On the bright side, we now have some time to find a few more horsepower...

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This decision seemed inevitable at this time. Thanks to the committee for their efforts and considerations. Postponement is better than cancellation at this stage. I remain optimistic.

Oscar, the issue with the canteen is not with the food and never was. More along the lines of "There are 2 main factors to getting the virus, proximity and duration. Within 10 feet and for up to 15 minutes.". On the lake or at camp you can pretty much avoid prolonged contact, but at the canteen, ordering, waiting, consuming, with potentially hundreds of others, that will be difficult to enforce. So the canteen becomes the risk centre for spreading the virus.

Another consideration is that a lot of the membership is getting on a bit and ageing into that over-60 high-risk zone, myself included.

As disappointed as I am, I fully understand and support this move.
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Re: Will there still be a Speed Week

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unfortunately the only responsible decision,
The club (and also probably the caterers ) would have already spent a lot of money in preparation so hopefully we are in the queue when The government is talking about supporting the economy with incentives

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