IWM have closed all their sites in the UK "until further notice" effective from their close of business yesterday (Tuesday). UK Archives at Kew advised that they would be closed similarly on the weekend. RAF Museums Hendon and Cosford "closed until at least 1 May 2020", and a lot of the other UK public institutions have shut down public access until further notice. From the comments I have had from my contacts in the UK, the impression they are getting is that anything that is a large public event before the end of June will not proceed, and events through until the end of August can be considered doubtful. Anything after that depends on how they get through the next couple of months, and then they will be exercising caution due to risk of an upsurge as restrictions come off. So it may be a more gradual reduction in restrictions over a number of months, with travel restrictions remaining in place for countries or regions where the Covid-19 infection remains higher.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
Feeling for you both. In a similar position for Vietnam in July, not quite as much though but now staring down the barrel of losing my job. This is like living a real life Hollywood disaster movie. Stay safe Kiwi friends!
Mrs Komata and I were scheduled to fly to Niue on 28 March fora family-related visit, until we realised that while we could get OUT of NZ, there was no certainty that we could either get back off the Island or even back INTO NZ, and if we did come back in there would be a 14-day 'self-isolation' period until we were cleared.
With only two flights onto the island a week and the distinct possibility that these could be cancelled without due-warning because of the virus or the weather (as proven by a Hurricane a few weeks ago, when all flights stopped), it could have become somewhat complicated...
Better safe than sorry, but we are going back; just not immediately...
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 23, 2020 13:43:24 GMT 12
From the Warbirds Over Wanaka April 2020 Newsletter which circulated today:
WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 2020
Message from our GM, Ed Taylor.
Hi everyone. We trust you are keeping safe in your own ‘bubble’ and that you are starting to maybe see some light at the end of the tunnel.
Easter was a tough time for our team as we were forced to stay at home and wonder what might have been? What made it a bit more bearable was the fantastic messages of support we received over the long weekend from so many of you. All of you who got in touch had been planning on being at Wanaka over the weekend and we appreciated knowing there were others out there feeling our pain.
Now Easter 2020 is behind us and we have started the major job of rebuilding our resources as we start to focus on 2022. Again many of you have made it very clear that you are already looking forward to Wanaka in two years’ time. Be assured we intend to be here putting on the world-class event for which Warbirds Over Wanaka has become known.
SOME OF THE GREAT COMMENTS WOW HAS RECEIVED SINCE CANCELLING - THANK YOU.
"Thank you for thinking of public safety, well done making this call."
"I wish to pass my thanks for the position your organisation has taken in respect of the cancellation of the event."
"So sad it had to be cancelled. Best airshow I’ve ever been to! You can’t beat the location, the world class line up and the relaxed atmosphere! Hope to see you again soon!"
"Many thanks for making this call so early, so we aren’t all left in limbo for our Easter Weekend."
"2018 - first time to WOW and it took my breath away and blew my mind! I had counted down every month and then day since then in pure anticipation for 2020! My countdown begins again! An incredible and unmissable event that I can not rave about enough! World class! Roll on 2022! I'm counting "
"Everyone here would like to acknowledge the time and effort your team has put into preparations for the 2020 Airshow. Although the event is no longer a ‘goer’, we appreciate all that you have done and thank you all for your hard work, open communications and general support."
"You have my genuine sympathy as a result of the COVD 19 cancellation. What a wonderful show it was going to be. I was coming to Wanaka from Brisbane because your show is world class. Roll on 2022 I hope."
"Your communication has been outstanding, my family and I cannot wait for WOW 2022."
WOW 2020 SPECIAL MERCHANDISE PACKAGE
We invite you to purchase some 2020 Airshow merchandise. At least you may have a glimpse of what might have been!
This is a bundled collection, at a VERY special price, no individual items are for sale by themselves.
We are also offering you items not normally sold. Please note the posters will be folded and we have reduced the postage prices considerably to move stock. Two different packages, one for posting within New Zealand ($50) and one for overseas customers ($65). These prices include postage.
Please note, most items will not be sent until we are in Level Two of lockdown.
Included in the package are:
Cap - WOW 2020 Crew Cap - WOW 2020 Gold Pass Badge - WOW 2020 Gold Pass Badge - WOW 2020 Poster Poster - WOW 2020 Official poster
To purchase click on whichever link applies to you, to go to our WOW shop and pay by credit card or paypal:
We hope that you are all safe and sound in your bubbles across New Zealand and around the world. We wanted to reach out to say thanks for your patience and understanding while we help our event partners across a massive backlog of cancelled events. We are doing this alongside ensuring the physical safety and mental wellbeing of our team while we shifted the business into lockdown mode.
Our team has been busy configuring our systems to weather this lockdown and to do the work necessary to deliver large-scale refunds for a huge number of events across three countries. We hope to have this preliminary work completed by this week and to start the refund process in early May. We are still working towards having the refund process completed by late May.
In the meantime, please stay well and safe!
The Ticket Rocket Team.
All ticket purchasers will be refunded. If you paid by credit card through Ticket Rocket you will automatically be refunded to your credit card. Please do not contact Ticket Rocket, only if you have cancelled or changed credit cards since you made the ticket booking.
We have refunded all but a handful of tickets purchased through the Warbirds Over Wanaka Office. If you have not had your refund, it is because we have been unable to get a response from you to get your bank account details. Please contact us so we may complete your refund at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
The Anzac services have been canned this year, the cenotaph is on my exesise route, so I'll be there and leave a couple of poppies. As far as Dave goes most places of interest in UK are closed at the moment, and will be for quite a time yet. isc
From what I am hearing from tourism operators in the UK (Skye and Inverness) they believe that the situation wont change until possibly September 2021. ANZAC Day here very different. We were at the end of our driveway at 0600 with lit candles like all others in our street to commemorate.