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Adult and junior community sport to recommence 1 July 2020

Adult community sport can recommence at the same time as junior sport from the start of next month, as the NSW Government lifts more COVID-19 restrictions.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee thanked the community for their patience during the pause on local sports and welcomed its return on July 1.

“Sport is the lifeblood of our community and it gives me great pleasure to say adult sports can return to their competitions at the same time as 18 years and under,” Mr Lee said.

Food and drink premises in stadiums can open subject to the same requirements that apply in other food and drink premises and pubs and registered clubs.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said, on the basis of health advice, crowds could not at this point gather in the stands.

“This is about a staged re-opening of the sports economy in a way that minimises the risk to the public. This makes a level playing field for sports stadiums, in line with the clubs and pubs re-opening to patrons,” Mr Hazzard said.

Current training permitted at Yass Valley Council owned sporting facilities - until 1 July 2020

Currently, 10 people are allowed per field to train across all Yass Valley Council owned sporting facilities.

This means at larger complexes like Walker Park, there can be four groups of ten, as long as they maintain social distancing and stay on different fields. The Netball Courts at O’Connor Park has two levels, which means 10 people can train per level (a total of 20 people at the facility at any time).

User groups are politely requested to collaborate with each other regarding training times to meet these NSW Government requirements. It is advised to stagger training times or days to meet the restrictions.

A template for a COVID-19 Safety Plan has also been developed by the NSW Government for community sport competition, training and contact activities, permitted to recommence from 1 July. Many sport and recreation organisations may have already developed their own plans and protocols for the resumption of activities. Organisations are still encouraged to check the NSW Government COVID-19 Safety Plan template, however, to ensure key considerations are addressed in the development of their plans and protocols. Find the template HERE

Organisations are reminded that until changes come into effect, they are required to comply with the current Public Health Order and follow the recommended physical distancing measures of 1.5 metres while training in groups of up to 10 people.

11 June 2020

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