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Sport and Recreation Sector COVID-19 Update 

The Office of Sport has released advice to support the sport and recreation sector which may assist councils as they prepare to recommence activities.

Maximum number of persons — outdoor sport or exercise

  • Clause 2.13 of the Public Health Order states that people can undertake sport and exercise at outdoor public gatherings in groups of up to 20. This figure includes participants, coaches and support staff and spectators/parents.
  • This will enable community sport training activities that are compliant with the Public Health Order to take place.
  • Organisations are expected to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Maximum number of persons—group classes and activities at recreation facilities (indoor)

  • Clause 2.9 of the Public Health Order states that ‘the occupier of a recreation facility (indoor) in the general area must not allow more than 20 persons to attend a group class or other group activity at the facility.’
  • The occupier of an indoor recreation facility must not allow the total of more than 1 person per 4 square metres, as per Clause 2.3 (1) a).
  • Multiple group activities or classes of up to 20 persons may take place within an indoor recreation facility provided the facility complies with the Public Health Order.
  • This will enable community sport training activities compliant with the Public Health Order to take place.
  • Facility operators must have a ‘Gyms and indoor recreation’ COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Parents accompanying children under 16 years of age

  • Clause 2.18(3) of the Public Health Order states the occupier of higher risk premises in the general area must ensure that a person who is under 16 years of age and who is not a fully vaccinated person is not on the premises unless the person is accompanied by a person who is -
    (a) a member of the person’s household, and
    (b) a fully vaccinated person.
  • A higher risk premises includes an entertainment facility, a major recreation facility, hospitality venues, places of public worship, and premises at which a significant event is being held, other than a small funeral or memorial service or small wedding service.
  • Indoor recreation facilities are not classified as a higher risk premises.

Indoor pools reopening at 80% double vaccination target

  • In the updated roadmap published over the weekend, it has been confirmed that indoor pools will reopen for lessons only.
  • Further advice relating to this matter will be provided as NSW approaches the 80% double vaccination target.

Resources to assist with reopening
A range of resources have been developed to assist organisations with reopening. This includes information about COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements, customer proof of vaccinations, guidance about business rights, vaccination of staff and customers and what to do if your business becomes and exposure site.

View digital toolkit resources

Easing Restrictions Roadmap

NSW Government COVID-19 website

Office of Sport

Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021

More information
For further information or questions regarding the restrictions, please email [email protected].

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