Covid-19 (Delta) Alert Level 3 – As at 4 October 2021

With the Hamilton area moving into Alert Level 3, please note that the Eastlink Badminton Stadium is closed for hire. All bookings in the next week shall be offered court hire vouchers where relevant for rebooking at a later period.

Please monitor for Covid-19 symptoms, get tested if necessary, and we encourage all members to get vaccinated. The higher our vaccination rates, the less we will need to rely on major Alert Level changes in future.

Stay safe and well, we look forward to staying in touch with you remotely, then welcoming you back when it is safe to resume. 

Covid-19 (Delta) Alert Level 2 – As at 20 September 2021

Thank you to all for extra diligence throughout the past week and a half as we re-opened to the public. As the New Zealand government announcement today that indoor gatherings limits will increase to 100 people in Alert Level 2 areas, Waikato Badminton will be able to modify some guidelines at the Eastlink Badminton Stadium from midnight Wednesday 22 September 2021:

❗️ Daily Court Booking Window is back to 24/7

❗️ Court bookings can now be made for groups of more than 4 people

❗️ Any events/programs hosted at the stadium must adhere to the 100 people limit

WHAT STAYS THE SAME?

  • Account holders are still required to tidy/clean up their area, and vacate the premises as promptly as they can.
  • Masks or face coverings are recommended to be worn indoors at all times except when playing badminton or rehydrating.
  • Affiliated Clubs operating session(s) at Eastlink Badminton Stadium must keep a record of attendance at each session.
  • Access to the upstairs viewing gallery and downstairs club room is restricted to WBA Staff and approved officials only.
  • Drinking directly from the water fountain is discouraged and there shall be no equipment hire, so players should bring their own water bottles, shoes, rackets, shuttles, towels.
  • All players must be registered in a Pay2Play booking (listed under Choose Opponent and Contact Tracing fields). If playing partners/opponents are not registered, they can register at the computer kiosk upon arriving the stadium. Anyone can register on Pay2Play.co.nz for a variety of Personal Stadium Accounts including FREE Drop-In Guest Accounts. Check our website (under Court Hire) for Additional Booking Tips.
  • Personal Accounts can book a court up to 2 hours per day while Club/Group Accounts can book courts as per their agreed schedules.
  • Upon entering the stadium, use the hand sanitiser available in the foyer area, then scan the venue QR code using the Covid Tracer App, or manually record your visit on the computer kiosk next at the corridor.
  • Players must stay home if (even slightly) unwell, wash their hands before and after play and avoid touching their faces or common surfaces. Please be kind to one another as we want to ensure we can all PLAY IT SAFE, stay healthy and stay open in the long term.

For enquiries relating to events/programs in Waikato, please contact Megan Bramley, our Community Programs & Events Manager on events@waikatobadminton.co.nz

What to expect at Covid-19 (Delta) Alert Level 2 – As at 8 September 2021
 
Eastlink Badminton Stadium will be re-opened at (Delta) Alert Level 2 from 2.00pm Wednesday 8 September 2021. Additional booking conditions and capacity limits will apply to ensure physical distancing and indoor gathering guidelines are met. These guidelines may change as information becomes available via the New Zealand government.

The key guidelines are as follows (please note these are in addition to the standard guidelines issued by New Zealand Government / Ministry of Health / Sport New Zealand, and do not supersede their guidance).

What’s different?

  • Masks or face coverings are to be worn indoors at all times except when playing badminton or rehydrating.
  • Only a maximum of 4 players is permitted to a court (no spectators or waiting players).
  • Players can play on a court that their group/club is booked on but not mingle/mix with other group/club bookings. 
  • All players must clear the courts at least 5 minutes before the end of their booking time, tidy/clean up their area, and vacate the premises promptly.
  • Parents picking up children from training sessions or other programs and events must wait in the carpark, and remain 2 metres distance from other people. 
  • Affiliated Clubs must submit their member database to Waikato Badminton Association prior to resuming their session(s) at Eastlink Badminton Stadium.
  • Affiliated Clubs operating session(s) at Eastlink Badminton Stadium must keep a record of attendance at each session.
  • Access to the upstairs viewing gallery and downstairs club room is restricted to WBA Staff and approved officials only.
  • Drinking directly from the water fountain is discouraged and there shall be no equipment hire, so players should bring their own water bottles, shoes, rackets, shuttles, towels.

What stays the same?

  • All players must be registered in a Pay2Play booking (listed under Choose Opponent and Contact Tracing fields). If playing partners/opponents are not registered, they can register at the computer kiosk upon arriving the stadium. Anyone can register on Pay2Play.co.nz for a variety of Personal Stadium Accounts including FREE Drop-In Guest Accounts. Check our website (under Court Hire) for Additional Booking Tips.
  • Personal Accounts can book a court up to 2 hours per day while Club/Group Accounts can book courts as per their agreed schedules.
  • Upon entering the stadium, use the hand sanitiser available in the foyer area, then scan the venue QR code using the Covid Tracer App, or manually record your visit on the computer kiosk next at the corridor.
  • Players must stay home if (even slightly) unwell, wash their hands before and after play and avoid touching their faces or common surfaces. Please be kind to one another as we want to ensure we can all PLAY IT SAFE, stay healthy and stay open in the long term.

Whilst we are excited to be open, everyone’s health and safety is a high priority. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in suspension or cancellation of accounts or bookings. We understand that the capacity limits may be restrictive to your playing group or club. If you would like any advice on how to manage these limits for your club, or wish to alter/cancel your bookings, please contact us on 07 856 3049 or office@waikatobadminton.co.nz to discuss your request at least 24 hours prior to the start of the existing booking(s).

Other Programs & Events

Please note decisions have been made on following events:

  • Waikato Secondary Schools Competition (19 Aug-16 Sep) – CANCELLED, with an invitational games and prizegiving date to be confirmed, subject to indoor capacity limits at Alert Level 2 or 1.
  • Shuttle Time King Country Secondary School Championships (20 Aug) – POSTPONED, new date to be confirmed, subject to indoor capacity limits at Alert Level 1.
  • Waikato Under 13 Open – POSTPONED to 16-17 Oct, subject to indoor capacity limits at Alert Level 2 or 1.
  • Waikato Interclub Russ Proctor, Presidents and Dallinger Cup – Aiming to resume next week with further details to be confirmed by Megan, WBA Community Programs & Events Manager.
  • Shuttle Time Junior Non Rep #3 – Going ahead on 12 Sep (no spectators permitted), with further instructions to be confirmed by Megan, WBA Community Programs & Events Manager.
  • Waikato Badminton (ABCD) Championships – POSTPONED to 2-3 Oct subject to capacity limits at Alert Level 2.
  • WBA Business Challenge (Part 2) – POSTPONED to 19 Oct subject to capacity limits at Alert Level 2.
  • Harmonia Jamboree – POSTPONED to 19-21 Oct subject to capacity limits at Alert Level 1.

Training for WBA Development, Junior Rep, Elite and Performance Squads will resume this Thursday 9 September. Waikato Badminton will review all other activities, programs, events, and operations on a case-by-case basis to determine if they can continue under the relevant Alert Level restrictions.

 

Waikato Badminton at Alert Level 4 – As at 18 August 2021

As you will have seen/heard, New Zealand moves into Covid-19 Alert Level 4 across NZ for at least the next 3 days. On that note, all court bookings at Eastlink Badminton Stadium for the next 3 days have been cancelled and account holders will be contacted and offered refunds/credits. Please note that as long as the Waikato region is at Alert Level 3 OR 4, the Eastlink Badminton Stadium will remain CLOSED, and the following programs and/or events are suspended. Entries to all other future events are still open and participants are still required to adhere to the original closing dates in the conditions of entry.
  • Waikato Secondary Schools Competition (19 Aug) – POSTPONED
  • Shuttle Time King Country Secondary School Championships (20 Aug) – POSTPONED
  • Waikato Under 13 Open (21-22 Aug) – POSTPONED
  • Waikato Interclub Presidents and Dallinger Cup – POSTPONED (for Russ Proctor teams – teams should contact each other to reschedule)
  • WBA Junior Development, Junior Rep, Elite, Senior Rep Squad Training (18-19 Aug) – SUSPENDED
Waikato Badminton will review all other activities, programs, and events on a case-by-case basis to determine if they can continue under the relevant Alert Level restrictions. Please note that information can change quickly but we endeavour to be in touch as soon as we know more and will communicate the latest information and/or refunds through our email database, our website and social media platforms. Please be patient and be kind to one another whilst this is in process, and do not hesitate to contact any Waikato Badminton staff if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way.

To check for the latest Ministry of Health COVID-19 updates and advice, refer to https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus. If you have any concerns about your health or others, please seek advice from a suitably qualified medical professional or contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453.

We appreciate your support during this challenging time, and hope you are also looking after your own physical and mental wellbeing. WBA Staff will continue to work remotely and we can be reached via our mobile phones. For those of you who may need assistance or support over the coming days, please do not hesitate to reach out as our badminton community is very strong and well connected. Kindness is also easy. Connect with us on social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook), and tag us if you’re doing any “Badminton At Home”!

Stay safe out there and we look forward to welcoming you back once it is safe for us to do so. Let’s do this, Better Together.
Waikato Badminton at Alert Level 1 again – As at 21 September 2020
1) The Eastlink Badminton Stadium is now re-opened for bookings 24/7 on Pay2Play (please ensure the correct timeslots are selected as refunds will not be issued for booking errors);
2) Keep ensuring all Pay2Play bookings at the Eastlink Badminton Stadium contain all attendee details (check the

court hire

section on our website for more information on how to do this);
3) Sign in with the NZ COVID Tracer App QR code displayed at facilities;
4) Report any flu-like symptoms and seek medical advise or a test if necessary;
5) Wear masks in public spaces if possible;
6) Stay home if you’re sick;
7) Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, and do not touch your face!

 

Waikato Badminton at Alert Level 2 – As at 12 August 2020

As per the latest New Zealand Alert Levels and government advice, Waikato Badminton is putting additional safety precautions back in place to ensure the community is safe. At Alert Level 2, the following temporary guidelines are in place at Eastlink Badminton Stadium for at least 3 days (to 14 August) until we receive further government updates regarding the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand.

❗️ Stadium users must maintain physical distancing (not mingle with other playing groups) and must depart the facility promptly when their bookings come to a completion.

❗️ Stadium users must wash their hands thoroughly before and after play, and avoid touching their faces or common surfaces.

❗️ Stadium users must ensure all bookings include full contact tracing details of their playing group to avoid any disappointment upon facility entry and/or suspension of their account. Tips to follow the guidelines: https://bit.ly/WBACourtBookingTips

❗️ Stadium users should download the COVID-19 Tracer app, scan the code on entry to keep a diary of their movements.

The following events are suspended until further notice:

  • Shuttle Time King Country Secondary School Championships (14 Aug)
  • North Island Senior Inter-Association Competition (15 Aug)
  • North Island Super-Vets Inter-Association Competition (15 Aug)

Waikato Badminton will review all other activities, programs, and events on a case-by-case basis to determine if they can continue under the relevant Alert Level restrictions. Please note that information can change quickly but we endeavour to be in touch as soon as we know more and will communicate the latest information through our email database, our website and social media platforms. Please be patient and be kind to one another whilst this is in process, and do not hesitate to contact any Waikato Badminton staff if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way.

PLAY IT SAFE. STAY HOME IF SICK. THANK YOU.

 

Waikato Badminton at Alert Level 1 – As at 09 June 2020

Waikato Badminton is very excited to announce that following the latest Government announcement moving the country to Alert Level 1, all our operations can return to normal as of 9 June 2020 with no physical distancing and no gathering limit requirements.
 
24/7 access to Eastlink Badminton Stadium will resume for all annually paid stadium accounts which are allocated a doorcode. Waikato Badminton will replace the current CHECK-IN code with the Ministry of Health’s COVID Tracer Code to allow everyone to keep a personal diary. 

Although we are able to get back to normality, we will still be practising high standards of hygiene at all times and ask all badminton players and visitors to continue to do the following:

  • Ensure individual Pay2Play bookings contain registered names of all players for each booking;
  • Bring and use your own equipment, towel, water bottle;
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly;
  • Clean the courts at the end of each booking;
  • Be kind to everyone.

Enjoy your badminton!

 

Clubs, Training, Programs, Events to resume at Eastlink Stadium from 02 June – As at 28 May 2020

Following the announcement from the New Government on increasing the size of gatherings to up to 100, WBA will make 10 courts available for booking again from next week. All other updated booking parameters are available here: https://mailchi.mp/eab6159c7660/waikato-badminton-news-may202

 

Eastlink Stadium Courts to re-open Monday 18 May – As at 15 May 2020

Read all the news and booking parameters here: https://mailchi.mp/5e4678d77ed7/waikato-badminton-courts-reopen18may

Please note the link to the Booking Tips has been updated.

 

BACK2BADMINTON at Alert Level 2 – As at 13 May 2020

With guidance from Sport New Zealand and Badminton New Zealand, we are currently preparing the Eastlink Badminton Stadium to ensure it is safe to open. As we continue to get clarity on the COVID-19 requirements around gatherings of 10 for sport at Alert Level 2, we will communicate with you the details of how you’ll be able to get back to play the game of badminton that both you and us love with a target stadium reopening date of Monday 18 May 2020.

In the meantime, due to physical distancing requirements and gathering limitations, Waikato Badminton sanctioned events, programs and training continue to be suspended until 1 June, with a review on 25 May. Keep an eye on email communication from staff, along with our website and social media platforms to ensure you don’t miss out on key deals, dates and information.

Here are some additional measures we are taking to ensure the continued safety of players, visitors, and staff at the Eastlink Badminton Stadium. This includes:

  • Brightcoloured tape marking physical distancing requirements at the stadium foyer and general seating areas.
  • Hand sanitiser made available at the stadium foyer and computer kiosk, essential for all to use before and after signing into the stadium. 
  • Regular cleaning of common contact surfaces will take place within the stadium. We also ask that users keep the court surfaces clean as per the Court Bookings & Stadium Users Policy.
  • Equipment hire is suspended for the general public. Water fountain use is also discouraged so bring your own filled water bottle, towel, rackets and shuttles. New entry-level rackets can be purchased for $25 per racket fromthe Waikato Badminton office.
  • Reduced court capacity and time as a limited number of courts will be available for bookings during specified staff hours for an initial two-week period, and only for Individual stadium account holders (no Club Accounts) will be able to make bookings. More details about the booking parameters and process will be announced separately to this update.
  • Contact tracing options will be enabled at the venue so be prepared to scan a QR code or sign in manually upon entry.
  • Only participants with existing bookings can enter the stadium at the time of their booking. A staggered entry and exit process will be managed by WBA Staff. We recommend that players wait in their vehicles and not to congregate around the outside of the stadium in order to maintain appropriate (2m) physical distancing.
  • Contactless payments mean that cash will not be accepted but EFTPOS, bank transfers, and credit card payments via Pay2Play can be accepted. 
  • COVID-19 Work Safe Plan developed and familiarised by Waikato Badminton staff.

Many of these measures will be continuously monitored and reviewed. In preparation to return to badminton, we encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with Waikato Badminton’s safety considerations below, along with information and resources available on the Badminton New Zealand website. We understand this is vastly different from what our clubs, schools, communities, parents, players, officials and volunteers are used to but we ask everyone to be kind, and work together to adjust to this new reality.

 

PLAY IT SAFE at Alert Level 2 – As at 11 May 2020

Please remember that at Alert Levels 3 and 4, badminton facilities, programs and events are closed or suspended. All organisations and individuals should follow the advice and regulations provided by the New Zealand government and Ministry of Health. The information on this page is a guide only for a variety of stakeholders within badminton, and has also been created based on guidance from Sport New Zealand and Badminton New Zealand, where badminton activity is allowed under additional precautions. 

It is important to remember that badminton facilities, staff, clubs, coaches and players across the region are all different and operate in different local contexts. Making an assessment of whether a safe exercise environment can be provided also depends on a range of factors, which will apply differently at each venue – it is the responsibility of each person to make that assessment based on their local environment.

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