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COVID-19 update

The NSW Chief Health Officer has released updated advice relating to community sport and outdoor education and recreation activities, to commence from Saturday, 26 September 2020.

The NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, has today announced the release of updated advice for the sector relating to spectator attendance at community sport, as well as school sport and outdoor education activities. To read the full release, please click here.

From Saturday 26 September , interregional community sporting competitions can recommence without restricting these activities to regions or zones, where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the community sporting activity in place.

The advice provided in August regarding limiting spectators to one parent per child, and inter-region sport and recreation activities has been removed, however organisations must still ensure their activity is delivered in compliance with the Public Health Order and the COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements.

This includes the requirement to adhere to the 500-person limit for community sport activities (including participants, officials and spectators) and adhering to the one person per four square metre rule. Organisations and spectators must also ensure that physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained between people that do not come from the same household.

Community sports organisations and participants should continue to avoid shared travel arrangements such as car-pooling, along with minimising social gatherings before and after the event.

State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability and other sector organisations need to read the information and determine how the recommendations and advice impact on their activities.

Some community sport organisations may choose to still limit spectator numbers at matches, subject to the protocols within their COVID-19 Safety Plans and based on factors such as the size of their venue, match scheduling or hiring requirements placed on them by venue operators.

Please note that it remains essential for all community sports organisations to remain fully compliant with the current Public Health Order and to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, and remain fully compliant with this plan.

Service NSW COVID Safe Check In

Community sport clubs and associations are encouraged to register as a COVID Safe Business and utilise the free COVID Safe Check in for visitors via the Service NSW App.Keeping records of those who have entered a business is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. It enables NSW Health to conduct vital contact tracing and stop the spread of COVID-19 within the community.To help businesses with this record keeping, the NSW Government is offering a new COVID Safe Check-in feature in the Service NSW App.The COVID Safe Check-in has gone live across NSW. Many organisations are already participating.Sport and recreation organisations registered as a COVID Safe business will receive an email with their unique QR code. Some clubs and associations may have already implemented record keeping systems. The Service NSW COVID Safe Check In program provides a free and secure option for organisations which are considering the transition to an online platform.As customers are verified by the app, organisations can be confident that accurate customer details have been stored for NSW Health to access for contact tracing purposes, if required.Register as a COVID Safe Business

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