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Last Updated: Tuesday 9 November 12.45pm

The Office of Sport has provided advice for the sport and recreation sector below, outlining some of the key considerations for sport and exercise activities from Monday 8 November 2021. This information applies to fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate.

Those who are not fully vaccinated must still abide by pre-roadmap restrictions until the State reaches the 95 per cent double vaccination target, or 15 December, whichever happens first.

Advice for restrictions from Monday 8 November 2021

From Monday 8 November 2021, eased restrictions will enable additional activities for fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate.

The eased restrictions also change some requirements for sport and recreation activities. A summary table is included below to assist.

More resources and guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for outdoor community sport are available here.

  • It is not mandatory for an outdoor public gathering  to have a COVID-19 safety plan, and the associated requirements, unless it is
    • expected to have more than 1,000 people.
    • held at recreation facility (major)
  • There must be enough space to accommodate 1 person per 2 square metres. This includes community sport and recreation activities.
    • As noted above, only fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate are permitted to attend.
  • An outdoor public gathering for sport requires a COVID-19 Safety Plan and the associated requirements, if held at recreation facility (major) or is an organised community sport event that is expected to attract more than 1,000 people.
  • Organisers are permitted to host a COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering, with a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering requires the organiser to have and implement an outdoor events COVID-19 Safety Plan.
    • There is no upper limit to capacity beyond the 1 person per 2 square metres.
    • As noted above, only fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate are permitted to attend.

More resources and guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for outdoor community sport are available here.

Indoor recreation facilities

The maximum capacity for indoor recreation facilities is 1 person per 2 square metres.

Gym classes and dance classes remain capped at 20 people.

Masks must still be worn at indoor facilities when not participating in exercise.

Facility operators must have a ‘Gyms and indoor recreation’ COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Indoor Pools

Indoor pools are permitted to reopen for all activities, with a maximum capacity of one person per 2 square metres.

Public swimming pools (both outdoors and indoors, but not natural swimming pools) in the general area will need to use the updated Gyms and indoor recreation COVID-19 safety plan

Major recreation facilities
The maximum capacity at major recreation facilities is as follows:

  • Indoor major recreation facilities and entertainment facilities - the greater of 100% of fixed seating capacity or 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Outdoor major recreation facilities – the greater of:
    • 100% fixed seating capacity and 1 person per 2 square metres of any unfixed seating areas,
    • 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • An unvaccinated child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household at a major recreation facility.
Activity / Facility Type Fully vaccinated,
under 16
or exemption required
COVID-19 Safety Plan Required Maximum Gathering Size
Outdoor Gathering (<1,000 people)    YES    NO Up to 1,000 and 1 person per 2sqm
Outdoor Gathering (>1,000 people    YES    YES 1 person per 2 sqm
Indoor recreation facility    YES    YES 1 person per 2sqm
Gym and dance classes    YES    YES 20 people
Indoor Pools    YES    YES 1 person per 2sqm
Indoor major recreation facility    YES    YES Greater of 100% of fixed seating capacity or 1 person per 2sqm
Outdoor major recreation facility    YES    YES

Greater of:
- 100% fixed seating capacity and 1 person per 2 square metres of any unfixed seating areas,

- 1 person per 2 square metres.

 

Travel restrictions

Fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with an approved medical contraindication certificate are permitted to travel anywhere within NSW.

Sport and Recreation Centre and Olympic Sport Venue Operations

The Office of Sport Olympic Sport Venues and Sport and Recreation Centres are open and able to accept bookings that comply with the Public Health Orders.

Olympic Sport Venues (Sydney International Regatta Centre, Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Sydney International Shooting Centre and Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex)

The following advice applies to all Olympic Sport Venues:

  • All Olympic Sport Venues will be operating as a major recreation facility under the Public Health Order, which means anyone aged 16 years and over entering the site must be fully vaccinated and sign in via the Service NSW QR codes that will be placed around the venue.
  • In compliance with our COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements, patrons must be able to produce evidence of vaccination or an exemption to staff if requested.
  • Children aged under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated are permitted to attend the venue but must be with a fully vaccinated adult who is a member of that person’s household. This is requirement of the Public Health Order for major recreation facilities.
  • In compliance with the Public Health Order, masks must be worn in indoor areas of the facilities  (such as change rooms, toilets and equipment storage areas) by anyone over the age of 12 (unless you have an exception).
  • Group booking organisers will be required to have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan where required, available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/outdoor-events
  • Under the Public Health Order, adults (16+) who are not vaccinated and do not have a medical exemption are not permitted to attend the facility.
  • Patrons are reminded to maintain physical distancing where practical to do so.

Sport and Recreation Centres

Sport and Recreation Centres will be accepting group bookings in compliance with the Public Health Order for non-residential activities. Please see below information.

Group booking organisers will be required to have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan if required under the Public Health Orders, available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/outdoor-events

In compliance with our COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements, all visitors must check in via the Service NSW QR Code and must be able to produce evidence of vaccination or an exemption to staff if requested.

Should you wish to make a booking, please contact our Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Narrabeen Track

  • The track gates will be open and will remain free to access for public recreation until at least Sunday 24 October. Lights will switch off at 8pm.
  • All visitors must sign in via the Service NSW QR code at the front gate.
  • Adults (16+) who are not fully vaccinated must not participate in a group activity of more than 2 people.
  • Group bookings for fully vaccinated people (or children under 16, or those with a medical contraindication certificate) will be permitted and bookings must be made by contacting the Centre on 9454 0222. Group booking organisers will be required to have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan, available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/outdoor-events

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre

Jindabyne Track

  • The track will return to normal opening hours and will remain free to access for public recreation until at least Sunday 24 October.
  • All visitors must sign in via the Service NSW QR code at the track / oval.
  • Adults (16+) who are not fully vaccinated must not participate in a group activity of more than 2 people.
  • From Monday 18 October 2021, group bookings of up to 200 fully vaccinated people (or children under 16 accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult) will be permitted and bookings must be made by contacting the Central Reservations on 13 13 02. Group booking organisers will be required to have their own COVID-19 Safety Plan, available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/outdoor-events
  • In compliance with our COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements, patrons must be able to produce evidence of vaccination or an exemption to staff if requested.
  • In compliance with the Public Health Order, masks must be worn in indoor areas of the facilities  (such as change rooms and toilets) by anyone over the age of 12 (unless you have an exception).

Dunc Gray Velodrome

  • View the Dunc Gray Velodrome's COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Other information

The NSW Government and Commonwealth Government has announced a range of financial support measures for organisations and individuals affected by the current restrictions.

Information about NSW Government financial assistance can be found HERE

Information about Commonwealth Government support can be found on the Services Australia website.

The NSW Government Business Connect webinars provides information about the support available to businesses including grants, JobSaver payments, payroll tax support and tenancy support.

Register at NSW Government COVID-19 business support webinar.

From Monday 12 July 2021, the rules regarding use of the Service NSW QR Code check-in system must be used at a range or premises and activities:

If your business or organisation falls into one of the categories on the NSW Government QR Code Check in webpage, you will need to have:

  • a NSW Government QR code for your premises, venue or event so that staff and customers can check in using the Service NSW app
  • an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff and customers who do not have a smart phone or are unable to sign-in using the Service NSW app. 

For this sport and recreation sector, this includes:

  • amusement centres
  • business premises: 
    • an occupation, profession or trade is carried on for the provision of services directly to members of the public on a regular basis, or
    • a service is provided directly to members of the public on a regular basis 
  • function centres
  • hospitality venues:
    • casinos
    • food and drink premises
    • micro-breweries, small distilleries holding a drink on-premises authorisation under the Liquor Act 2007 and cellar door premises
    • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • retail premises (including premises that hire items or goods or sell wholesale)
  • school, university or other educational institutions (excluding students entering the school)
  • COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering
  • controlled outdoor public gatherings

Register as a COVID Safe Business

Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

Find a COVID-19 testing centre near you

To assist organisations in promoting the stay at home requirements across Greater Sydney, NSW Health has a range of translated communications available for download via the links below:

 

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