From the SSFA General Manager, Thursday, 20 August –
The NSW Chief Health Officer has advised further measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission at community sports events effective Wednesday 19 August. The Chief Health Officer’s advice is that that these measures will need to be in place for at least the next 6 weeks (https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/cho-advice-sports.aspx ).
Relevant areas of interest to the SSFA Competitions/ Matches are as follows:
• Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities.
• Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners).
• Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible.
• For local activities, limit spectators to one parent [or carer] only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.
Frequently Asked Questions.
• Why are additional restrictions being placed on community sport?
Sport brings together a range of people from across different communities, increasing the risk of community transmission. The public health advice is that these additional recommendations are needed for a period of 6 weeks in the first instance, to reduce the risk of community transmission.
• Are there any changes to the current gathering sizes?
No, at this point in time there is no change to the current gathering size restriction of 500 people at community sport activities.
• For local activities, they include a requirement to limit spectators to one parent [or carer] only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity. How are sports supposed to monitor the one parent per child rule at open sports grounds and venues?
Community sport organisations should already be considering measures within their COVID Safety Plans to minimise spectators at community sport. This may include communicating in advance with parents, erecting signage in the carpark around the grounds and via social media (e.g. this post).
Please be aware of (including reading the attached) and comply with these and all other applicable requirements. In addition, each venue may/ will make its own determination and have relevant processes in this regard (and any such decisions/ requirements must be respected and adhered to).
It is also recommended that the official government websites be monitored by interested parties.