We are pleased to advise that NSW Office of Sport and NSW Health have made changes to the community sport regional restrictions.
From Saturday 26 September, inter-regional community sporting competitions can recommence without restricting these activities to regions or zones, where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the 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.
• Sailing organisations and participants should continue to avoid shared travel arrangements such as car-pooling, along with minimising social gatherings before and after the event.
Letter to Community Sport Organisations from Dr Kerry Chant
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:
o a person engaged in the sporting activity, and
o an official (including a volunteer) involved in the conduct or organisation of the sporting activity, and
o 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 courses operating simultaneously at a venue or facility.
• Allowing additional time between training sessions and racing 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 sailing and training activities – ‘Get In, Sail, Get Out’
• Community sport organisations are strongly encouraged to review the Public Health Order to ensure that they are complying with the requirements.