L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is a Covid-safe event.

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France has been working with NSW Health and the relevant state and local authorities to ensure the event remains a Covid-safe event for participants, event staff and the local community of Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands.

We have implemented a number of measures described below, and we ask every participant and every visitor to respect the following rules at all times:

  • Don’t attend L’Étape Australia if you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste, loss of smell).
  • Practise good hand hygiene and make use of the hand sanitiser stations available at the event village (Coronation Park) and at each food zone on the course.
  • Respect social distancing at all times (keep a safe distance of 1.5m between you and other visitors).
  • Respect the directions given by the event staff.
Conditions of entry

As a condition of entry, all visitors must declare and agree to the following prior to entering the venue:

  • You are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You have not had contact with a person who has been confirmed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • You have not returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
  • You have not visited any location currently subject to a NSW Public Health Order (specific locations, dates and times are indicated on the NSW Government website: nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates).
  • You are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and are not currently required by relevant authorities to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • You agree to scan the QR Code on arrival – NOTE: please ensure you have the Service NSW app downloaded onto your phone.
  • You agree to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m, in line with NSW Government guidelines.
  • You will follow good hygiene practices while onsite.
  • You will follow any relevant Covid-19 Safety Plan requirements advised to you and any reasonable direction of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France staff, security staff, volunteers and/or emergency services.
Event Village

Access to the event village is free, but all visitors must present a valid ticket. You can obtain your complimentary ticket here. Failure to present a ticket at the village entry point will result in the visitor not being allowed to enter the village.

All visitors will be required to check-in via the Service NSW App upon entry. Each visitor will be skin temperature checked. Visitors presenting an abnormal skin temperature will be refused access to the event village.

A deep clean of the village will be conducted every 5 (five) hours. In order to perform the clean, the village will be closed for 30 minutes:

  • On Friday 19 March, the village will be closed from 3:00pm until 3:30pm.
  • On Saturday 20 March, the village will be closed from 10:00am until 10:30am.

The event village will be made of 5 (five) sub-premises with specific rules applying to each of them. Each visitor must attend one of the 5 (five) sub-premises and gatherings outside of these areas is not permitted.

  • Stage area (capacity: 250 people): people will have to remain seated at all times.
    Each group of individuals is required to keep a 1.5m distance from other groups.
    Please note the stage and the giant screen are visible from all other areas in the village.
  • Kosciuszko Pale Ale Beer Garden (capacity: 350 people): this is where you will find the event bar and food vendors. On Saturday 20 March, this is where all finishers of The Race will be able to receive their complimentary BBQ sandwich.
    People must remain seated at all times unless queuing at the bar or at a food stall.
    Each group of individuals is required to keep a 1.5m distance from other groups.
    Only contactless payment options will be available.
    To ensure a maximum number of riders can access this area, visitors are asked to limit their stay at the bar to 1 (one) hour.
  • Food court (capacity: 330 people): additional food vendors will be set up in this area.
    This is the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal between the event stage and the ocean.
    People must remain seated at all times unless queuing at the bar or at a food stall.
    Each group of individuals is required to keep a 1.5m distance from other groups.
    Only contactless payment options will be available.
  • Registration pick-up (capacity: 150 people): only L’Étape Australia registrants will be allowed to access this area.
    On Friday 19 March, this is where people will collect their registration pack and complimentary merchandise if they didn’t select the mail-out option.
    On Saturday 20 March, this is where people will pick-up their complimentary merchandise (after they have completed the event) if they selected their registration pack to be mailed-out to them.
    There will be marks on the ground to indicate where participants can stand while queuing to pick-up their registration / merchandise.
    Our staff and volunteers in this area will wear masks and gloves, please maintain social distancing with them at all time.
  • Exhibition (capacity: 350 people): this is where all the L’Étape Australia sponsors, partners and exhibitors will have their stalls. The Shimano pre-event mechanical marquee will also be located within this area.
    Each group of individuals is required to keep a 1.5m distance from other groups.
    Visitors are invited to visually inspect products and articles but are asked to restrain from touching them.
    Only contactless payment options will be available.
Start line

In order to limit the number of people congregating on the start line at the same time, The Race and The Ride have been split in two locations:

  • The Race participants are invited to access their start waves directly on Manning Street (Kiama) no earlier than 6:00am (the first start will be given at 7:00am).
  • The Ride participants will access their wave on Blowhole Point Road (Kiama) no earlier than 6:30am (The Ride start will be given at 7:30am).

On Saturday 20 March, all participants are encouraged to directly access their start wave and not mingle around the start area. Upon entry into the start waves, the bib numbers will be checked, and each participant will be skin temperature checked. All participants presenting an abnormal skin temperature will be refused access to the event.

Each start wave will comply with the 2sqm rule, and participants are invited to wear a disposable mask while they are waiting in the start waves. We ask participants wearing a mask to keep it in their pocket during the ride and not throw it away in the street before taking the start.

Food zones

While providing the same food as usual, the food zones will operate differently this year.
All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves. Riders won’t be able to serve themselves and the food will be protected by plexiglass shields. Marks will be displayed on the ground to indicate to riders where to stand when queuing to pick-up food.

To receive food, riders will indicate to the volunteers what type of food and what quantity they want. Volunteers will serve the food, using a scoop, into disposable cups and bowls before handing it over to the riders.
Riders are asked to consume the food away from the marquee and dispose of the cup / bowl into one of the bins available onsite.

When at a food zone, please maintain social distancing at all times.

Finish lines (Berry & Kiama)

Both finish lines will have a similar setup.

When you cross the finish line, please don’t stop and continue to slowly make your way to the volunteers distributing the medals. Volunteers will wear gloves and you will be asked to collect the medal from the volunteers.

Continue moving and you will find a light food zone with fruits, in case you need a sugar hit. If you don’t need this food, keep progressing and make your way into the Berry Showground or Coronation Park to receive your complimentary BBQ sandwich (please use the tear-off voucher on your bib number).

Riders are asked to not gather near the finish lines or near the event village. Please use the areas monitored by staff and abide by the Covid-safe rules at all times.