Office of Sport: On The Ball, March 2021
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2021
Covering easing of covid restrictions, Shoosh for Kids, and New Extreme Heat Policy.
COVID-19 restrictions ease
On 24 March the NSW Government announced that a number of COVID-19 restrictions across NSW will ease, including public spacing and seating capacity at venues as well as a change to some COVID Safety Plan requirements.
From Monday, 29 March, the following applies:
- All venues to move to the one person per 2sqm rule (venues will be allowed at least 25 people before the 2sqm rule applies);
- One hundred per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres
- No caps on weddings and funerals;
- No restrictions on singing including in places of worship;
- No cap on visitors in the home (if there are more than 100 people there must be a COVID-19 Safety plan and electronic recording of visitor details);
- Two hundred people allowed for personal outdoor public gatherings; and
- Mask use including on public transport will move from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’.
With regards COVID Safety Plans, the most significant change is the removal of the reference to 'community sporting activities' within the Public Health Order.
Community sport and recreation activities will now fall under indoor or outdoor recreation activities. Details of the requirements for these activities are outlined on the NSW Government COVID Safe webpage.
Councils and sporting organisations must continue to ensure they keep accurate records of all attendances, including through QR Codes, to enable fast contact tracing in the event of any community transmission.
For the latest information and COVID-19 testing sites please visit the COVID Safe webpage.
Take a stand with Shoosh for Kids
Shoosh for Kids 2021 is just over a month away and we need your help to get your clubs to sign up to the campaign.
Registrations opened on 26 March for clubs and associations, and we really need your support to spread the word and encourage them to register for the campaign.
Clubs and associations that join the campaign can access a range of free resources including sport-specific flyers, social media posts, email signatures plus more.
For further information on Shoosh for Kids visit the Shoosh for Kids web page.
Let’s all work together to keep sport fun!
New extreme heat policy
Sport Medicine Australia has released a new Extreme Heat Policy which contains evidence-based guidelines for safe sport in extreme heat.
The new policy is based on research undertaken at the University of Sydney’s Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and developed by Professor Ollie Jay, Associate Professor and Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia Carolyn Broderick, and Dr James Smallcombe.
It accommodates the risks associated with individual sports and includes a revised risk assessment methodology that considers heat risk from both environmental (temperature and humidity, with consideration of sun/radiation and wind) and sport-specific factors (heat production, clothing/ equipment).
The new policy is now available to all sporting stakeholders from community officials, sports trainers and volunteers through to elite level sport.