It’s not just events in the next couple of months that have been cancelled. The Black Dog Ride in August has now been axed and registrations are being refunded in full.
The Harley-Davidson national HOG rally in July on the Gold Coast has also been cancelled.
Here’s the official statement:
Amid the heightened concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are cancelling the planned National Australian H.O.G. Rally that was scheduled for the 10-12th of July 2020 on the Gold Coast. Although no formal announcement had yet been made launching this event, this communication is being shared to ensure all parties are aware of the result not to proceed. Our decision was made in the best interests and safety of National Australian H.O.G. Rally attendees. We are committed to protecting our staff, attendees and the local community and will provide updates accordingly as we look to deliver a National H.O.G. Rally as soon as possible.
BMW’s GS Safari has been postponed from this month until May 24-29.
A spokeswoman says the event will “most definitely go ahead in May”, but we think that’s unlikely as the contagion is expected to reach its peak on May.
“We are aware that medically we will still be in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 virus Australia wide however under advisement the current travel restrictions will have changed which will allow us to run the event as planned,” she says.
If you decide you are safe to go for a ride, here are some safety tips:
Wash hands thoroughly and frequently;
Ride in low-populated country areas and avoid contact with people;
Take a small container of hand sanitiser with you and use it frequently;
Avoid touching your own eyes, nose and mouth (easy with a helmet and gloves on!);
Avoid physical touching of others, including shaking hands unless you have your gloves on;
Cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands immediately after;
Avoid others who are coughing and sneezing;
Wear breathing protection such as your helmet or face mask;
Avoid large groups;
Use your credit card instead of cash when buying fuel and food, and wear your gloves if you have to enter a pin code;
Only patronise cafes and restaurants where they wear gloves;
Take your own reusable coffee cup with you and make sure you – not the barista – put the lid on;
If they refuse to take your cup, ask for a disposable with a lid but you should put on the lid; and
Pack your own toilet paper!
Since this situation is rapidly changing, we urge all riders to exercise caution and use their sensible discretion. If you’re over 60 and have a pre-existing health condition you should consider staying home.