COVID update

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Dear Club

Further to yesterday’s email advising of the resumption of community sport and physical recreation from 11:59 pm last night, we have worked through the current restrictions and updated our COVID-19 Club Safe Guide (attached) accordingly.

The restrictions as they relate to sport and recreation are summarised below, with additions and amendments to yesterday’s email highlighted yellow.

Indoor and outdoor community sport (defined as competitions and training overseen by a State Sporting Association or equivalent governing body):

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies, to a maximum of 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space.
  • Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity, i.e. players and coaches.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must be present and ensure that all attendees check-in.*
  • Spectators are not allowed other than carers, parents and guardians required to support participation of a child or a person with disability.
  • Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

Indoor and outdoor physical recreation (including non-competitive casual sport and social play, personal training etc.):

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies, to a maximum of 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must be present and ensure that all attendees check-in.*
  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 participants and patrons must be able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other at all times.
  • Spectators are not allowed other than carers, parents and guardians required to support participation of a child or a person with disability.
  • Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

Sharing of equipment in all settings should be minimised, and avoided where possible. If equipment is shared it must be cleaned and disinfected between users.

*Council is currently seeking clarification regarding the practical application of this requirement in unstaffed facilities. All clubs should endeavour to comply with this requirement in the meantime.

Operation of clubrooms is as follows:

·Clubrooms/pavilions can open for the purpose of providing amenities e.g. toilets, food and drink to those required to participate in and facilitate the sport.

·1 person per 4 square metres, to a maximum of 100 people.

·Signage must be displayed at the entrance to change rooms, stating the maximum number of people permitted in the space according to the four square metre rule.

·Use of change rooms should be minimised, but where unavoidable, should be restricted to small groups (in line with the density quotient) and usage times should be staggered.

·Masks must be worn at all times.

·Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

·Operation of kitchens/canteens is allowed (please refer to the Club Safe Guide for further detail).

·Cleaning protocols in line with your COVID-19 Safe Plan, including increased cleaning (minimum twice daily) of frequently touched surfaces e.g. door handles, key pads, taps etc. This can be done by members wiping down the surfaces they touch.

Please note that the use of clubrooms/pavilions for social gatherings or functions is not allowed due to the current restrictions on private and public gatherings under the Stay Safe Directions.

Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn both indoors and outdoors, except when exercising strenuously i.e. when participants are left puffing or short of breath.

Please ensure that your COVID-19 Safe Plan reflects the current settings and please continue to operate in accordance with these plans, including electronic record keeping, hand sanitiser, physical distancing, cleaning protocols etc. Council does not need to approve your updated plan.

As always please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions related to the current COVID-19 requirements.

Kind regards

Jacquie White
Sport Development Officer