World New Zealand Open cancelled because of COVID-19

10:30  29 october  2020
10:30  29 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The COVID - 19 pandemic in New Zealand is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Organisers of next year's New Zealand Open golf tournament have had to cancel the event because of the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled to be held on two courses in the South Island town of Queenstown in February.

"We are extremely disappointed to have had to come to this decision," organising committee chairman John Hart said in a statement on Thursday.

"But the effects of the pandemic, borders being closed, and the financial risk associated with a potential later cancellation due to any further Covid-19 outbreaks means we have no other alternative other than to cancel this event now."

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The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID - 19 . Border restrictions exception category for some work visa holders with ongoing employment connection to New Zealand open .

"This will allow New Zealanders and other residents in New Zealand who have not been in an area designated as a COVID - 19 hotspot in New Zealand "We will not open the borders for quarantine-free travel with Australia until it is safe to do so, because doing it too early risks losing all of the freedoms

Hart said they had expected up to 300 people from overseas to attend the tournament.

New Zealand has closed its borders to anyone but returning citizens or permanent residents and while overseas visitors can apply for an exemption, they must meet stringent conditions and are rarely granted.

All arrivals must also still undergo 14-days isolation with short-term visitors charged for their stay in government-run facilities.

The cancellation of the New Zealand Open follows that of Australia's four major golf tournaments, all of which were also scheduled for February.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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