Covid-19 Resumption of Sport Update
Posted: Fri, 17th Jul 2020
Current information as at 17th July 2020.
As a result of the rising case numbers of COVID-19 in NSW, the Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, has advised that NSW Health will be updating the COVID-19 Safety Plan templates.
The letter from Dr Chant documents key changes that will need to be implemented by community sports organisations and clubs as a matter of priority, the letter can be found here. Updated COVID-19 Safety Plan templates from the NSW Office of Sport are available here, the most recent COVID-19 Safety Plan for Community Sporting Competitions and Full Training can also be found in the downloads on the Risk Management page.
Please note that one of the NSW Health actionable items it for sporting organisations to "Take all reasonable steps to minimise the number of spectators attending community sport events"
What do we NEED to do - Pony Club NSW has prepared some example risk assessment documents to assist clubs in their return to sport which can be found in the download section below, the most recent example includes information on excluding attendees from Victoria or NSW. Every club needs to complete a Risk Assesement, Covid Safety Plan, appoint a Covid Coordinator, and collect Covid-19 Self-Declaration Form from everyone attending; Resumption of Sport Guidelines and Checklists along with example Risk Assessment for Clubs/Zones - all can be found in the downloads. There are also an infographics and signage options to help general members understand their responsibilities in the return to rally days, and example signage about social distancing and hand washing.
Where possible, it is requested that all community sports clubs and associations put plans in place to minimise spectators to parents and carers only. Measures that may assist implementation include:
- Limiting entry to indoor facilities and fences venues to one person per participant at junior sport (where practical)
- Restricting spectator entry to adult comminunity sport
- Provide communication to partipant databases via e-newsletters, social media and organisations' websites strongly suggesting that only parents and carers should attend community sports activities where possible
- Increase signage in venue carparks and at common entry points at outdoor venues
- Make PA announcements (where the facilities exist) at venues reminding people to minimise spectators to parents and carers where possible.
Clubs must contact their venue owners (Council, Trusts etc.) to confirm that the grounds are available for use and have completed their own risk assessment document for their venue. Clubs need to sumbit a copt of their resumption of sport risk assessment to the State Office.
Members must comply with the PCA NSW, NSW Health Guidelines and NSW Public Health Orders so that they do not compromise their position in the event of an insurance claim.
We do not want our sport/clubs to be the next COVID-19 cluster so if someone is not well they should stay at home or be sent home.
Pony Club is now in full training and competition of the resumption of sport plan as of the 1st of July 2020. With the everchanging nature of the situation please keep up to date with the latest Government advice and Public Health orders.
Allow 1 person per 4 square metres
The 4 square metre rule helps to determine the maximum number of people allowed on the premises or attending an event. It does not determine the distance between people.
Physical distancing means reducing the close physical contact we have with one another and staying 1.5 metres away from people we don't live with - read more here.