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:

Outdoor Events

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;

General restrictions affecting sport and exercise

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.

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