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Event delayed until 2021

After speaking to NT Health authorities and Tourism NT, being directed to complete the on line COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment tool and given that more restrictions will likely be placed on events, the various liabilities and risks are too great for the event to occur at this time.

It is with great regret that the event BTTT2020 will be delayed until the same time next year - 2021

All participant entries will be retained for 2021.
If you have no intention of participating in 2021 and wish a full refund, return the participant book "A Wartime Journey" for a refund of the entry fee and year numberplate order if already paid.

If you can join us in 2021, all event merchandise / numberplates / participant pack / events will be retained and kept for 2021.

NT Government response to COVID-19

In line with the activation of the national pandemic plan, the Northern Territory along with all other jurisdictions is preparing for a potential pandemic situation.

https://health.nt.gov.au/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-covid-19                  Latest NT specific updates

Public Health Emergency declared

The National Cabinet has met and resolved to enact a series of measures enforceable by Federal, State and Territory law:

  • The aim is to get ahead of the curve. There will be some impacts to our Territory lifestyle regarding our significant events; however, we all need to follow the best advice to limit to risk of COVID-19 to Territorians.

  • Remote communities in the Northern Territory have been closed to all non-essential travel in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Mass gatherings

From today (18th March), organised, non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people will be prevented. Event organisers will need to cancel, reschedule or modify events falling within this category. Organisers can use NT Health’s risk based assessment tool (available on SecureNT) to identify the risk of the event. If they would like the event to proceed then they should contact the mass gatherings hotline to confirm their assessment that the event can proceed.

Non-essential organised gatherings are any function or event that a large group of people attend including, but are not limited to, conferences, music festivals, sporting events, some religious and life celebrations, cultural events, elections and other public occasions. 

For gatherings of less than 500 people

The NT Health COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool available on SecureNT has been developed to assist event organisers determine the level of clinical risk around proposed events. The results of the risk assessment will assist event organisers in making decisions about whether to proceed with an event or to restrict, modify, postpone or cancel.

The Public Health advice is to use this self-assessment tool to assist decision-making noting that erring on the side of caution is encouraged.  

MASS GATHERINGS

There is a dedicated COVID-19 mass gatherings hotline for the NT - 1800 518 055.
All gatherings of more than 500 people are prevented and will need to be cancelled, postponed or modified to meet requirements.

 The NT Health COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool DOCX (66.0 KB) has been developed to assist event organisers to determine the level of clinical risk around proposed events.

In Summary:

After considering the average age and profile of participants travelling from intrastate to the NT, the likely imposition of further restrictions, completing the Risk Assessment tool and speaking directly with NT Health authorities: -

The event “Back To The Track 2020” will regrettably need to be deferred until 2021

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