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Latest Update: 22 October 2020

From Friday 23 October 2020,the following restrictions will be eased:

  • Gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people.
  • NSW gyms will only be required to have a COVID-19 safety marshal if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time. 

This does not impact the existing requirements for community sport activities, detailed on this page.


Outdoor Gatherings Media Release

 

Gyms Media Release
 

Commencing Wednesday 1 July 2020, the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 still applies to community sport and recreation activities.

On 24 September, the Premier announced the release of updated advice for the sector relating to spectator attendance at community sport, and school sport and outdoor education activities.

 

Chief Health Officer Advice – 24 September 2020

 

From Saturday 26 September, interregional community sporting competitions can recommence without restricting these activities to regions or zones, where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the school or community sporting activity in place.

The advice provided in August regarding limiting spectators to one parent per child, and inter-region sport and recreation activities has been removed, however organisations must still ensure their activity is delivered in compliance with the Public Health Order and the COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements.

This includes the requirement to adhere to the 500-person limit for community sport activities (including participants, officials and spectators) and/or adhering to the one person per four square metre rule in indoor spaces.

Organisations and spectators are to ensure that physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained between people that do not come from the same household. 

School and community sports organisations and participants should continue to avoid shared travel arrangements such as car-pooling, along with minimising social gatherings before and after the event.

State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability and other sector organisations need to read the information and determine how the recommendations and advice impact on their activities.

To allow an increased number of family and friends to attend community sport finals, organisations may wish to consider reducing the number of matches taking place simultaneously at a facility. 

Some community sport organisations may choose to still limit spectator numbers at matches, subject to the protocols within their COVID-19 Safety Plans and based on factors such as the size of their venue, match scheduling or hiring requirements placed on them by venue operators. We ask that you have patience and understanding as clubs and associations interpret and implement this advice in the most practical manner for their activities.

We appreciate your support in reducing the risk of community transmission at this critical time.

Complying with the Public Health Order

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’

Community sport organisations are strongly encouraged to review the Public Health Order to ensure that they 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

What You Can and Can’t Do Under The Rules

COVID-19 Safety Plan Templates and Checklists

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.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

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.

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

Information for Gyms

From Friday 23 October, 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
  • cleaning
  • 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.

Advice for Dance Studios and Dance Sport Organisations

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
Under Public Health Orders, dance studio and venue operators are required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

There are also COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements for other premises including clubs and community halls, available. Premises may not currently be used for the purpose of a nightclub.

Dance Studios COVID-19 Safety Plans

All COVID-19 Safety Plans

Facility operators must ensure the number of visitors to a facility does not exceed one person per 4 square metres (excluding staff).

Ensure dance classes have no more than 20 participants, plus the instructor and any assistants, per space that complies with one participant per 4 square metres.

There may be multiple classes in a room if there is sufficient space to accommodate this, and if the classes remain separate with start and end times staggered to minimise crowding. 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.

Organisations must work with facility operators to ensure that number of visitors at indoor facilities does not exceed one person per 4 square metres (excluding staff).

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 

Planning advice for End of Season Awards Functions and Team Gatherings

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, but must adhere to a maximum gathering size of 30 people in outdoor public spaces and 20 at a household under the Public Health Order. 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.

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. 

Service NSW COVID Safe Check In

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.

View COVID Safe Check-in presentation

Register as a COVID Safe Business

COVID safe check in

 

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 Centres can facilitate a limited range of programs. Details available upon enquiry.

All enquires can be made by contacting the Office of Sport’s Central Reservations Team on 13 13 02 or email bookings@sport.nsw.gov.au 

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

  • 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 – 19:30pm, 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.

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, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm plus extended hours on Wednesday and Friday 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