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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

MONDAY, 3 AUGUST 10:15

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

The situation is evolving daily and the Office of Sport is working with NSW Health to monitor COVID-19’s impact on our service delivery and the sport and recreation sectors. 

NSW Government COVID-19 website  

Please note we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we appreciate your patience as this situation continues. 

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Update as at 31 July 2020

COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal required for gyms

From Saturday 1 August, gyms are required to have a COVID-19 Safe Marshal on duty at all times.

Gyms must assign one staff member as a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal who will be in distinctive clothing (eg shirt or badge). 

The marshal is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the COVID-19 Safety Plan are being maintained, including: 

  • social distancing
  • cleaning
  • ensuring the accuracy of record keeping. 

The requirement for a COVID Safe Marshal applies only to gyms, and does not include dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts studios.

Download the updated Gyms COVID-19 Safety Plan template. View the Public Health Order Amendment relating to additional restrictions for gyms here.

Recommencement of community sport

From Wednesday 1 July, junior and senior community sporting competitions, training and contact activities have been permitted to recommence in compliance with the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020.

Organisations are reminded that they are required to comply with the current Public Health Orders and note that the COVID-19 Safety Plan community sport template was updated on Thursday 16 July 2020 with additional requirements relating to minimising spectator attendance at community sport and ensuring measures are in place to exclude participants returning from Victoria in the past 14 days or who have attended a case location in NSW.

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 it is NSW Health’s responsibility to assess the risk to people the case may have been in contact with while infectious. 

NSW Health undertakes the risk assessment and then works with relevant people and organisations to provide advice, and quarantine any close contacts identified. 

Should NSW Health identify that people involved with a community sport activity be close contacts they will work with the community sport organisation to contact the affected people.

Should local clubs or organisations have any concerns about a potential COVID-19 exposure they should call their local public health unit on 1300 066 055. We would ask that organisations do not contact members regarding potential COVID-19 exposures without first checking with their local public health unit.

Community Sport Recommencement – Complying with the Public Health Order

Updated 28 July 2020

Commencing Wednesday 1 July 2020, the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 contains directions on gatherings, use of premises and community sporting activities. 

The Order outlines the following requirements for a community sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) that involves a gathering of more than 20 participants:

  • The gathering must not exceed a total of 500 participants, which includes:
    • a person engaged in the sporting activity, and
    • an official (including a volunteer) involved in the conduct or organisation of the sporting activity, and
    • a spectator of the sporting activity.
  • The organiser must:
    • develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters required by the COVID-19 safety checklist available on the nsw.gov.au website, and
    • keep a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan and make it available for inspection by an authorised officer as requested.

Community sporting activity organisers may need to consider measures that may need to be implemented to adhere to the Public Health Order requirements. Some suggestions include:

  • Limiting the number of fields / courts operating simultaneously at a venue or facility.
  • Allowing additional time between training sessions and matches to ensure there are no more than 500 people onsite at any one time.
  • Encourage participants not to spend additional time at the venue outside of their match and training activities - ‘Turn Up, Participate, Leave’
  • For junior sports, encourage only one parent/carer to accompany their child to the community sporting activity for the purpose of supervision.

Community sport organisations are strongly encouraged to review the Public Health Order to ensure that that are complying with the requirements.

Shared community sport facilities

Some community sport facilities may cater for several sports, for example multiple football fields located next to multiple netball courts in a single outdoor precinct.

In this case, each organised activity is permitted up to 500 participants, as long as the people from the respective activities are not interacting with each other. 

Each organised activity must have its own allocated common facilities (including changerooms, toilets and canteen areas) to ensure participants from both activities are not interacting.

Community sport organisations should discuss how this can be facilitated with their venue owner/operator.

Exemption for some Netball Associations

An exemption is in place for 27 netball associations, to allow multiple discrete groups of no more than 500 to attend the community sporting activity, under specific conditions as outlined in the exemption.

Netball clubs are encouraged to seek further advice from their association to determine whether this affects their activities

View Public Health Order Link

COVID-19 Safety Plan Templates and Checklists

What You Can and Can’t Do Under The Rules
 

Information for councils

The Office of Local Government has developed a local government FAQs document which includes information relating to sport and recreation activities and venues.

Minimising spectators at Community Sport

Sport and recreation organisations will be required to ‘take all reasonable steps to minimise the number of spectators attending community sport events’.

We are asking that all community sport organisations put plans in place to minimise community sport spectators where practical, to parents and carers only. 
 
Unfortunately this means we’d prefer no aunties and uncles, grandparents or siblings crowding the sidelines if they don’t need to be there.
 
What do organisations need to do?

Community sport and recreation organisations will need to update their COVID-19 Safety Plans detailing the actions that will be put in place to address these additional requirements.

We are asking that all community sport organisers put plans in place to minimise community sport spectators to parents and carers only where practical. Measures that could be used to assist with implementing this may include:

  • Limiting entry to indoor facilities and fenced venues to one person per participant at junior sport where practical
  • Restricting spectator entry at adult community sport
  • Distributing communications to participant databases via e-newsletters, social media and organisations’ websites reinforcing that only parents and carers should attend community sports activities where possible
  • Increasing signage in venue carparks and common entry points at outdoor venues
  • Making PA announcements at venues reminding people to minimise spectators to parents and carers where possible.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Updated 28 July 2020

The NSW Government has developed COVID-19 Safety Plan templates for the sport and recreation sector.

Under Public Health Orders, the following facilities and/or activity providers must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan:

Some organisations that operate facilities and deliver community sport activities may require multiple COVID-19 Safety Plans

From 17 July, the Chief Health Officer has advised that the community sport COVID-19 Safety Plan template will be updated with the following additional requirements:

  • Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have visited Victoria in the 14 days prior
  • Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website 
  • Take all reasonable steps to minimise the number of spectators attending community sport events.
  • If sufficient numbers to field teams cannot be achieved, prioritise delaying the event rather than substituting with people from other teams (clubs) or from the community.

Many sport and recreation organisations may have already developed plans and protocols for the resumption of activities. Organisations are encouraged to check the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plans these updated requirements are included.
Organisations are also encouraged to ensure both operators and facility hirers are aware of their COVID-19 Safety Plan responsibilities.

COVID-19 Safety Plan Templates and Checklists

It is important that organisations have signs and posters around the facility to remind workers, customers, visitors and others of the risks of COVID-19 and the measures necessary to stop its spread. Signage and posters are available for download

Support for the sector 

The NSW sporting sector is made up of many diverse organisations with different organisational structures; membership bases and sizes; geographic reach, organisational health maturity and financial health. 

For many sporting and recreation organisations, COVID-19 is having a direct financial impact on your operations. A resource has been developed to provide guidance on the resources and initiatives available for organisations and will be regularly updated. 

Learn more

Staying physically active

At the Office of Sport we remain committed to our mission of building active communities across New South Wales. We've compiled a resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Learn More 

Remember, where practical these activities should be undertaken on an individual basis or with household members, avoiding non-essential travel and adhering to utilisation of facilities and venues that are not included on the prohibited lists above. If you are an participating in physical activity, NSW Health encourages you to:

Practice simple hygiene by: 

  1. Making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  2. Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  3. Stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell

Sport and Recreation Centres 

Update as at 29 June 2020

We’re pleased to announce that our Sport and Recreation Centres will commence reopening from Saturday 13 June. Please see the information below for each Centre.

Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.

The Office of Sport has implemented comprehensive COVID Safety Plans to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff. Should you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact us to discuss further prior to making a booking.

Sydney Academy of Sport
Day Use Facilities

  • Sydney Academy of Sport will be open from Monday, 15th June 2020 for use. Bookings are essential.
  • All sport facilities will be open. 
  • Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.
  • SAS will be operating in zones across the venue, to enable compliance with the Health Order. Hirers will be allocated a designated zone when the booking is confirmed.

Accommodation
Overnight accommodation is not available.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting Sydney Academy of Sport directly on 02 9454 0222.

School Holiday Programs

We’re pleased to advise that Sydney Academy of Sport will be hosting non-residential holiday programs in the July School Holidays. Packed with exciting activities and games, these programs will have the kids entertained, making new friends and reconnecting with nature. It’s the natural way to unplug.

BOOKINGS AND MORE INFORMATION 

Jindabyne
Day Use Facilities
Day Use facilities will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June, including:

  • The Oval
  • Athletics Track
  • Tennis and Netball Courts

Sessions must be pre-booked.

  • The Indoor Centre, Conference Centre and Gym are currently unavailable due to high performance and private bookings throughout June.

Self-Contained Accommodation

  • The Family Units and Conference Units will be available from Monday 22 June for self-catered guests only 
  • Athletes Units – opening 28th June to NSWIS and Snow Australia athletes only

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Borambola
Day Use Facilities
Day Use facilities will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June, including:

  • Ovals (rectangle and oval)
  • Recreation Hall
  • Tennis Courts 
  • Conference Centre

All accommodation remains closed until further notice.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Berry
Day Use Facilities
Day Use facilities will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June, including:

  • Oval / Sports Field
  • Indoor Recreation Hall 
  • Small Conference Room 
  • Pizza Oven Outdoor Space

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Lake Keepit
Self Catered Accommodation 

The following self-catered accommodation facilities will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June:

  1. Kilpara: a three-bedroom cottage with kitchen and living areas that sleeps up to 12 people 
  2. The Gliders: a 4-bedroom complex with kitchen and living areas sleeping up to 14
  3. The Quarters: a 7-bedroom three-bathroom house with 2 living areas and full kitchen that sleeps up to 25. Please note numbers may need to be reduced to comply with Public Health Order requirements.

Day Use Facilities 
Day use facilities are not currently available to groups other than self-catered visitors staying onsite.
The Oval is currently undergoing maintenance works and will be unavailable.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Lake Burrendong
Self Catered Accommodation

The following self-catered accommodation facilities will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June:

  1. Cottage 1, a 4-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to 16 people
  2. Cottage 2, a 4-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to 16 people

Please note numbers may need to be reduced to enable physical distancing.

Day Use Facilities 
Day use facilities are not currently available to groups other than self-catered visitors staying onsite.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Lake Ainsworth
Day Use facilities
The Football Field will be available for booking from Saturday 13 June.

Other day use facilities will be available to self-catered visitors staying onsite.

Self-Catered Accommodation

Nine 2-bedroom units are available for booking, which can sleep up to 6 per unit. These are available from Saturday 13 June.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Point Wolstoncroft
Self-Catered Accommodation
Seven 2-bedroom units are available for booking, which can sleep up to 6 per unit. These are available from Monday 15 June.

Self Catered Lodge Accommodation
5 accommodation lodges are available for booking, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 persons per lodge.

Day Use facilities
The Tennis Courts will be available for booking from Monday 15 June.

Other day use facilities will be available to self-catered visitors staying onsite.

The Point Wolstoncroft will be directly contacting clients that have existing facility use agreements regarding resumption of other activities. 

Other bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations team on 13 13 02.

Broken Bay and Milson Island
Broken Bay and Milson Island remain closed until further notice due to the logistics associated with transporting visitors to and from the Centres and current maintenance works. We look forward to welcoming back visitors as these works are completed and restrictions ease
 

Olympic Venues

Update as at 2 July 2020

We’re pleased to announce that our Olympic Venues will commence reopening from Saturday 13 June. Please see the details below for each venue.

Sydney International Regatta Centre
The Sydney International Regatta Centre will be open from Monday 15 June 2020.

  • All facilities will be open and available for booking.
  • Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.
  • The venue will be open from 06:30am – 17:00pm, however there will be two time slots available for training. These time slots include rigging of boats and on-water training.
  • Community Groups are able to recommence in compliance with gathering numbers under the Public Health Orders (outdoor groups of 20 permitted from 13 June).
  • All Groups must be pre-booked with the SIRC Venue Management Team, which can be contacted directly on 02 4730 0000.
  • The venue will be open for public recreational use over the weekend of 13-14 June.

Sydney International Equestrian Centre
The Sydney international Equestrian Centre will be open from 13 June 2020.

  • All sporting facilities will be open. 
  • Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.
  • The Sydney International Equestrian Centre will be operating in zones across the venue, to enable compliance with the Health Order. Hirers will be allocated a designated zone when the booking is confirmed.
  • Bookings are essential, the Centre can be contacted directly on 02 8883 6900.

Sydney International Shooting Centre  
The Sydney International Shooting Centre indoor ranges will be open from 23 June 2020.

  • Indoor ranges will be open Tuesday – Sunday with normal operating hours. Sessions will be a duration of 3hrs 45min each at a cost of $17.00 per session for casual bookings
  • Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.
  • The Shotgun range is now open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm and extended hours on Wednesday and Sunday until 10pm.
  • Clubs will be invited by SISC Events team as per the current calendar, until further notice.  

Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex 
The Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex will be open from Saturday 13 June 2020.

  • The venue will be open Fridays (500m range only), Saturdays and Sundays. Sessions will be duration of 2hrs 30mins each at a cost of $17.00 per session, for casual bookings.
  • Group bookings will be required to comply with Public Health Order requirements for gatherings.
  • Clubs will be invited by SHRSC Events team as per the current calendar, until further notice.

Office of Sport training events

Face to face Office of Sport training programs, courses and workshops have been cancelled until further notice. 

General Principles of Coaching courses and Officiating courses are being delivered online. Bookings are available at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/events 

Some Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader training is also being facilitated through online delivery.

Active Kids 

The second Active Kids voucher is now available!

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The NSW Government can now confirm that Active Kids Providers may retain the funding from vouchers that have already have been redeemed where a program has been cancelled due to COVID-19 or a recipient has been unable to continue with the program.

The NSW Government is committed to assisting all organisations, including sport and active recreation providers, to keep jobs and maintain business continuity.
The Office of Sport encourages all providers to examine options to deliver alternatives to existing programs that may be affected by COVID-19. This may include extension, delayed commencement or additional programs that satisfy Active Kids Provider Terms and Conditions. Any additional or alternate program delivery is not the responsibility of the NSW Government. Furthermore, if parents were to seek redress for a voucher service not being claimed, it would be up to the provider to provide an additional/alternative service, not the Government.

Active Kids vouchers remain valid until 31 December and the second voucher for 2020 is now available to parents to download and redeem prior to 31 December 2020.

As Active Kids providers have varied cancellation and postponement terms and conditions (T&Cs) we encourage you to proactively communicate your T&Cs to your participants.

The Active Kids terms and conditions state vouchers are not exchangeable or redeemable for cash. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – NSW

The Office of Sport continues to provide support to its NSW Award Centres and stakeholders.

The only service that has been put on hold is the distribution of Award Holders badges and certificates.

There are still opportunities for Participants to continue with their Award with appropriate adaptation to strict COVID-19 guidelines.

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COVID-19 testing clinics

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

More information

NSW Government - COVID-19 website 
Guide to border restrictions
NSW Health
Department of Education
Commonwealth Department of Health 
Australian Institute of Sport