COVID-19 Update - Sport & Recreation Sector
Posted: Fri, 8th Oct 2021
Current as at 5pm 8th October 2021
In accordance with yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Government and the NSW Government Public Health Orders, Pony Club NSW is now able to advise the conditions under which gatherings for sport or exercise – including training activities – can occur from Monday October 11, 2021. Please note this is for NSW only. The ACT have a slightly different roadmap which can be found here which indicates training activities may commence in a limited capacity from Friday October 15, 2021.
Outdoor Recreation Facilities
Outdoor public gatherings for sport or exercise – including training activities such as Rally Days – may occur provided that:
- People aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption (Medical Certificate required).
- There are no more than 20 people in attendance including participants, coaches and officials, and parents or spectators.
- There is no requirement for people aged under 16 to be vaccinated.
- The NSW Office of Sport has advised that all Clubs and Associations are expected to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for all gatherings of the above nature from Monday, October 11.
The restrictions below apply for outdoor events apply to team BBQs, presentation’s, etc. ONLY, not training activities such as rally days.
The maximum number of persons in an outdoor area must not exceed more than 1 person per 2 square metres of space.
The maximum number of persons permitted at the following outdoor events are;
- For a controlled outdoor public gathering—500 persons
- For a COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering—50 persons
- For any other outdoor public gathering—30 persons.
- Please note: A person must not participate in an outdoor public gathering for sport or exercise at which there are more than 20 persons.
General restrictions affecting sport and exercise
- Currently no organised community sport competitions are permitted until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone.
- Regardless of previous settings, restrictions will become uniform across all of NSW from October 11, 2021.
- People from Greater Sydney are not able to travel to areas considered “Regional” and vice versa until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone.
These guidelines cover the period October 11, 2021 through until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone, where a new set of Public Health Orders will be released by the NSW Government and further guidelines will be released by Pony Club NSW.
All of the above is for areas considered to be ‘general areas’ by the NSW Government. At the time of writing, it is anticipated that all of NSW will be considered a general area from Monday 11 October, however this could change at any time depending on COVID-19 case numbers and affected areas may be put back under stay-at-home orders whereby the above would no longer apply. Under stay-at-home orders outdoor gatherings are restricted to five fully vaccinated people.
Return to Competition
It is indicated that a return to full Pony Club activities can occur for those fully vaccinated from when the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone, which the NSW Government has previously indicated could be as early as Monday October 25.
In the lead up to the 80% vaccination rate being met the NSW Government will release further information and an updated Public Health Order outlining how things will operate from that point. Pony Club NSW expects to receive ongoing information relating to the rules which will be in place once the 80% vaccination target is reached. This will be shared as soon as practical.
The re-opening roadmap also indicates that from 1 December, community sport will be permitted for all people. However, it should be noted that this date is indicative and could change.
The Pony Club NSW risk assessment template will be updated shortly, as well as a framework to assist clubs in their return to rallies to ensure clubs feel confident that they can safely run training activities and comply with the Public Health Order.
We are looking forward to a return to our sport in the coming weeks. The health and safety of our members and the broader community must be kept paramount when planning any gatherings.
We appreciate your patience in these ever-changing times.