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13 Mar 20: Waikato Show Update - Covid19

Showing Waikato is aware of the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Our single point of information continues to be the Ministry of Health ( ) from where we are constantly monitoring, responding to and sharing their advice.

We are taking the precautionary step to share our communications transparently through this memo with all interested and invested parties with the Waikato Show 2020 and will update regularly via our website ( and

People are the key for our event and we hold your wellbeing at the heart of what we do. Our staff, contractors, volunteers and attendees are our priority.

At this stage the Ministry of Health has not imposed any restrictions or does not propose altering arrangements to postpone or cancel any large events or festivals though we are monitoring their recommendations and will advise if there is any change.

The Ministry of Health advises the chance of a widespread NZ epidemic (community outbreak) is currently low and is expected to remain so.

The most important thing you can do is practice good hygiene and we encourage you to follow the following MOH guidelines:

  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (rather than onto your hands), and then put the used tissue straight into the rubbish and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • If you are sharing food, use utensils to serve the food and keep your personal spoon, knife or fork separate to avoid transmission through saliva.
  • If you feel unwell, please remain at home.

For further information, please refer to the Ministry of Health website or call the Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 Health Advice And Information. The number is 0800 358 5453 . It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.