The Repco Beach Hop 20 has been postponed as a result of coronavirus the organisers have released the below information to try and help answer any questions you may have.
1. Is Repco Beach Hop 20 cancelled?
No. We have decided to POSTPONE the event until 25-29th November 2020.
2.Why did you postpone the event?
Due to the COVID-19 world wide pandemic we feel that the health of our community is paramount. The Government announced on Saturday that anyone arriving in New Zealand from overseas must have a 14 day self isolation period. We have more than 20 entertainers arriving from overseas who will not be able to perform at the Festival. As Repco Beach Hop 20 is a Rock’n’Roll festival, we couldn’t continue without the entertainment.
3. Why did it take so long to make the decision?
In reality it didn’t. This situation has changed on a daily basis and even as of last Friday the Ministry of Health’s guidelines for mass gatherings hadn’t changed. Please understand that the organisation behind a festival of this magnitude is very complex with a number of key stakeholders, both financial and non financial whom we had to talk with. We took our time to evaluate the situation and make the right decision rather than a knee-jerk reaction.
4. We’ve booked and paid for our accommodation so we are still coming. Can anyone stop us?
Unless the Government places the country in lock down and restricts non essential travel then no one can stop you coming to Whangamata. However we ask that you stay home if you have any cold or flu symptoms or recently returned from overseas. Call the 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.
5.This must have a negative effect on the local economy?
Most definitely and we feel for the local businesses who have invested so much into this year’s event already. However we understand that people will still come and Easter is the following weekend, so they have the opportunity to offset some of their losses.
6. What about Beach Hop – how secure is your financial situation?
Like our local businesses, we have a lot at stake with over $100,000 of merchandise purchased for the Festival that we will try to sell to help reduce our loss. If we can do this, then we will survive.
7. Will Beach Hop Central be open 25-29th March?
Yes – we will be open for business each day from 10am – 3pm Tuesday 24th March until Saturday 28th March at the Whangamata Club. You will be able to buy Repco Beach Hop 20 shirts, hats, posters etc. Ultimate Passes can redeem their vouchers, vehicle entrants can collect their souvenir licence plates and we’ll have an info desk to answer your questions. We will also have the prize vehicles on display at Beach Hop Central.
8. What will the new Festival look like?
Basically we are replicating everything we had planned for 25th-29th March to 25th-29th November – the same format, entertainment, schedule etc.
9. We brought tickets to the Ford Kiwi Rock’n’Roll Legends concert – will the concert be rescheduled as well?
Yes – your ticket will be valid for the rescheduled show on 26th November. We plan to have the same or similar line up however this will be confirmed ASAP.
10. I have recently received my entrant pack – what do I do with it?
Do not lose it. Put it in a safe place that you can remember as your swing tags, vehicle decals etc will be valid for the event 25th-29th November.
11. I have a Repco Beach Hop 20 Festival Program – what do I do with it?
Keep it - we will exchange it for a new Program at the postponed event 25th-29th November.
12. What about the major prize draws?
The major prize draws will be made from the new Programme which will be released in November with the draw taking place at Williamson Park (Ford Reserve) on Saturday 28th November. The vehicles will be locked away until then however we may take them to some events to promote the new festival dates.
13. What are your plans for 2021?
Repco Beach Hop 21 will still take place 24th – 28th March 2021 and as it’s our 21st we want to have a realyl big Rock’n’Roll party!
14. When will vehicle entry for Repco Beach 21 open?
Due to the postponement of Repco Beach Hop 20 we will open online vehicle entry at 7am on DECEMBER 1st 2020.
15. Is there anything we can do to help?
Yes – look after yourself, family and community. Follow the advice of the health and Government professionals. Stop spreading rumors, gossip and inaccurate information – we’ve seen some absolute rubbish in the social media and even a deliberate attempt to sabotage the event which is now in the hands of the Police.