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- Latest Update
- Complying with the Public Health Order
- COVID-19 Safety Plans
- Information for Gyms
- Advice for Dance Studios and Dance Sport Organisations
- Planning advice for End of Season Awards Functions and Team Gatherings
- Support for the sector
- Service NSW COVID Safe Check In
- Sport and Recreation Centres
- Olympic Venues
- Office of Sport training events
- Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
- COVID-19 testing clinics
- More information
The Premier and Minister for Health and Medical Research have released a statement, outlining changes in restrictions commencing from Sunday, 3 January 2021.
These restrictions apply across Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Of note for the sport and recreation sector are the following changes:
- For indoor areas*, the capacity must not exceed one participant per 4 square metres of publicly accessible space (previously 1 person per 2sqm).
- Gym classes reduced to 30 people; and
The maximum of 3,000 people or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is lesser) for outdoor community sport activities remains unchanged across Greater Sydney and Regional NSW.
*an indoor area includes an area in a building or other structure, whether or not temporary, which has a roof, ceiling or other top covering, but does not include an area with at least 2 sides open to the weather.
Mandatory Face Masks
From Sunday 3 January, the Public Health Order requires the use of a ‘fitted face covering’ (face mask) in a range of indoor settings across Greater Sydney.
The general rules and list of premises where you must wear a mask can be found HERE.
Children aged 12 and under and people that have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable (for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma) are exempt from wearing masks but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
Sport and recreation organisations that have retail operations (e.g. equipment stores, Pro shops, uniform shops etc) should note that masks are mandatory in retail premises.
The latest version of the Public Health Order relating to gathering and movement, including requirements for sport and recreation activities can be found on the NSW Health website.
The Order outlines the following requirements for a community sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) that involves a gathering of more than 20 participants:
From Monday, 7 December 2020:
- The gathering must not exceed a total of 3,000 participants or a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres, whichever is lesser for outdoor activities, and a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres for indoor activities, 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 sport organisations are strongly encouraged to review the Public Health Order to ensure that they are complying with the requirements.
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.
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:
- Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities
- Community sporting competitions and full training activities
- Major recreation facilities, stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses
- Pubs and Clubs
- Swimming pools, saunas and spas
Some organisations that operate facilities and deliver community sport activities may require multiple COVID-19 Safety Plans.
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.
From Monday 7 December 2020, gyms will be permitted a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 50 people per class.
Gyms are only required to have a COVID-19 Safe Marshal on duty if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time.
If required, gyms must assign one staff member as a COVID-19 Safe Marshal who will be in distinctive clothing (e.g. shirt or badge).
The marshal is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the COVID-19 Safety Plan are being maintained, including:
- social distancing
- ensuring the accuracy of record keeping.
People attending gyms are reminded to follow the COVID-19 recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus. Simple measures include:
- visit facilities during quieter periods
- practice good hygiene before, during and after working out
- maintain physical distance at all times
- wipe down equipment with disinfectant after each use.
The requirement for a COVID Safe Marshal applies only to gyms, and does not include dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts studios.
Being COVID Safe is a responsibility we all share. All dance activities must be conducted in accordance with Public Health Orders, whether they occur in a dance studio, community hall or other venue.
Dance studios and classes
From Monday 7 December, dance studios will be permitted to have 1 person per 2 square metres within the venue, with no additional limit on class sizes.
Under Public Health Orders, dance studio and venue operators are required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Ensure participants maintain 1.5 metres physical distance where practical.
Dance sport competitions and training activities (including cheerleading)
For dance sport activities, groups of more than 20 are permitted under the Public Health Orders, provided the activity organiser implements a community sport COVID-19 Safety Plan.
General advice for dance activities
The NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends wearing a face mask:
- if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical.
Wearing a face mask in these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended.
It is also recommended that rotation of partners is avoided in partnered dancing, and additional planning is recommended for high energy dance. For example, changing partners may be necessary for dance instruction or where a class has an uneven number of participants, but should be minimised.
For information about how to report safety concerns or provide feedback about a business or organisation please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/give-feedback-on-a-business
End of Season Awards Functions
End of season awards functions for clubs and associations are permitted to take place, in line with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at the venue at which it is being hosted.
Clubs and associations should discuss their plans with venue operators to determine requirements such as capacity limits and event formats. From Monday 28 September 2020, corporate functions and events held on a premises that are a function centre will be permitted to have up to 300 attendees, subject to adhering to the one person per four sqm capacity limits (whichever is lesser). The definition of a corporate event is detailed within the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 5) 2020, which can be found on the NSW Health website.
The following key principles apply for end of season awards functions, regardless of which venue type is selected.
- Functions must be seated.
- Consider allocated seating and ensuring people remain seated as much as possible, to minimise mingling between seated groups.
- Seating must be separated by 1.5 metres. Household or other close contacts do not need to physically distance.
- Ensure no more than 10 people at a table.
- Dancefloors are not permitted.
- Promote online ticket purchasing and electronic ticket checking were possible.
- Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
- Ensure alcohol at any event is only consumed by seated attendees.
- Children count towards any capacity limits.
Team Barbeques and Social Gatherings
End of season team gatherings such as barbeques are permitted to take place.
From Tuesday, 1 December:
- Up to 50 people can visit a residence as long as an outdoor space is being utilised, however, it’s recommended no more than 30 people gather if the residence has no outdoor area.
From Monday, 7 December:
- Up to 100 people can gather outdoors in a public space.
Physical distancing should be adhered to for non-household groups.
Teams may wish to consider hiring of facilities that can accommodate larger gathering sizes such as community halls, however should note that they will still be required to comply with the relevant Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements for that venue.
For adult community sport, teams are encouraged to hold their social gathering at a single venue, rather than multiple venues throughout the day.
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.
Community sport clubs and associations are encouraged to register as a COVID Safe Business and utilise the free COVID Safe Check in for visitors via the Service NSW App.
Keeping records of those who have entered a business is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. It enables NSW Health to conduct vital contact tracing and stop the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
To help businesses with this record keeping, the NSW Government is offering a new COVID Safe Check-in feature in the Service NSW App.
The COVID Safe Check-in has gone live across NSW. Many organisations are already participating.
Sport and recreation organisations registered as a COVID Safe business will receive an email with their unique QR code.
Some clubs and associations may have already implemented record keeping systems. The Service NSW COVID Safe Check In program provides a free and secure option for organisations which are considering the transition to an online platform.
As customers are verified by the app, organisations can be confident that accurate customer details have been stored for NSW Health to access for contact tracing purposes, if required.
Update as at 23 November 2020
We’re pleased to advise that our Sport and Recreation Centres have recommenced day programs, overnight programs, group bookings and school camps.
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 visit our dedicated COVID Safe Sport and Recreation Centres webpage.
Should you have any queries, please contact us to discuss further prior to making a booking.
School Holiday Programs – Summer 2020/21
The Office of Sport is pleased to delivering day programs during the Summer School Holidays at the Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre and Sydney Academy of Sport.
Berry Sport and Recreation Centre Maintenance
The Berry Sport and Recreation Centre is currently closed for a major maintenance project.
The works are proposed for completion by mid-January 2021, in preparation for the recommencement of Term 1 camps. All affected bookings have been contacted.
All Olympic Sport Venues managed by the Office of Sport have reopened and are operating in line with the Public Health Order requirements.
Each venue has a COVID Safety Plan and staff are working with event organisers and clients to ensure events and bookings can be facilitated in a COVID Safe manner.
Click on the links venue below to find out more information:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Office of Sport is currently facilitating training and workshops in online formats.
General Principles of Coaching courses, Officiating courses, and Member Protection Information Officer workshops are being delivered online. Bookings are available at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/events
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.
Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- fever (37.5 ° or higher)
- sore/scratchy throat
- shortness of breath
- loss of smell or
- loss of taste.