Beach Hop postponed until November
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Posted March 16, 2020
Music / Entertainment / Events
Beach Hop organisers have confirmed that Beach Hop 2020 will now be postponed until November due to COVID-19 coronavirus.
Their statement says:
We have taken our time to evaluate the options and considered what is best for our community to make the right decision. Each and every major event has a different dynamic and people must try to understand what goes on behind the scenes when making critical decisions in very stressful circumstances. You simply can not compare one event to another.
First and foremost we treasure the town we live in and want to protect the people that live here and not put them at risk. We’ve been looking to central Government for leadership to guide us in making this decision. The announcement on Saturday that all travelers from overseas to New Zealand must have a compulsory 14 day self isolation period reinforced this decision, as our festival entertainment line up includes more than 20 people arriving from overseas to perform at the festival in various bands. This has wiped out our entertainment programme and, as Repco Beach Hop is a Rock’n’Roll Festival, this is a major component of what we are here to celebrate.
We appreciate the damaging effect on the economy both national and local and feel for the businesses that rely on the festival to survive. No doubt they’ve invested heavily in the event and we hope they will recover from this unforeseen hit. We are in exactly the same situation as we’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, and long hours, into Repco Beach Hop 20. If we can’t recover this, then the future of the event is in serious jeopardy.We have seen on social media that people are still coming to Whangamata regardless of the cancellation/postponement and we wish you safe travels. We can not stop you from coming, but PLEASE stay away from Whangamata if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or recently arrived in New Zealand from overseas. If you are unwell then please call Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit. If you are in Whangamata and become unwell please do not visit the Whangamata Medical Centre if you have these symptoms – call first the 0800 number first.
Repco Beach Hop Central will still be open at the Whangamata Club from 25th March where those who are in Whangamata are welcome to speak to us, purchase Repco Beach Hop 20 merchandise, collect their Ultimate packs and event licence plates etc.
Thank you to the fabulous people who have supported us in making this important decision including our sponsors, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Ministry of Health, Waikato District Health Board and volunteers. Your response has been incredible which many people would never be aware of – YOU ALL ROCK!
On behalf of the Repco Beach Hop 20 Committee I wish you all the very best and hope you look after your health, your family, friends and community through this crisis.
Noddy WattsBeach Hop Central