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Does an Affiliate have to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan and does it need to be approved?

An Affiliate must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place prior to recommencing training or competition. It is recommended your COVID-19 Safety Plan is reviewed by your relevant Region to ensure your Affiliate is meeting State Government Return To Play requirements.

 

When can I resume training at my Affiliate?

The Queensland Government’s Return to Play Guide outlines that Stage 2 (from midday 1 June 2020) of the restrictions permits non-contact organised activity for up to 20 people per venue with a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Please find further information regarding Queensland State-Specific requirements here.

In addition to these restrictions, the Queensland State Government on 4 June approved a sport-specific Industry COVID Safe Plan which allows flexibility on the number of people per playing space/zone which can be viewed here – Approved COVID Industry Plan.

 

 

What documentation do I need to be able to resume training?

You may resume training at your Affiliate once you have completed the following:

  1. Obtained written Council/Landowner approval to return to activity.
  2. Created and implemented a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can adhere to strict hygiene and social distancing protocols.
  3. Completed the ‘Return to Play Checklist’.
  4. Attendance Register completed for each training session for all participants attending training.

*Templates available here.

The following recommendations are also encouraged prior to the recommencement of training.

  1. Everyone is encouraged to complete the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – What It Is, How to Prevent Spread course, available now for free in The Nest.
  2. Sport Australia recommends every sporting Affiliate/Club appoints a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator.

Note: A maximum of 20 people per venue applies under Stage 2 of the restrictions (including players, coaches and parents).

The canteen service we provide brings much needed money into our organisation, can we open?

Based on health advice, canteens associated with community sports clubs can open with the return of community sport in Stage 2 from 1 June 2020. Please adhere to the COVID Safe checklist for Restaurants/cafes (for Canteens).

Can we still have volunteers to help out?

Yes, just look after the wellbeing of these people by implementing things like maintaining a record of the people who work at the venue, installing barriers to maintain physical distancing and having good hygiene and cleaning practices in place.

Note: No more than 20 people per venue is allowed under stage 2 restrictions.

Our facility owner is not opening the facility we use for our activity. Can we force them to open so we can participate?

Facility owners will need to undertake a review of the activities and operations. A facility is not required to open. You should discuss with your local Council or Landowner in regard to timeframes for opening and conditions of access.

Note: Affiliates/Clubs must have written consent from Council/Landowner prior to the resumption of any activity. 

Can shared equipment still be used?

Where possible, participants should bring their own equipment and minimise the use of shared equipment. Any shared equipment should be cleaned pre and post-activity and participants should sanitise their hands frequently.

How do I restrict the number of people coming to the venue/facility?

Adapt the training schedule to avoid overlap of participants, encourage only one parent or carer to attend with children, and have participants ‘get in, train and get out’. Communicate to your members the restrictions and strict protocols that are in place prior.  It is encouraged to close all unnecessary amenities and change-room facilities.

How do I manage the flow of people around the venue?

You must create a separate entry and exit points at your venue. Consider creating a one-way flow of people through the venue by placing arrows on walls and the ground, and close areas of potential congestion.

How do I physically distance myself when Touch requires me to defend in close proximity and make touches?

All activities must be non-contact until Stage 3 ease of restrictions, currently expected to come into effect on 10 July 2020. You will need to be creative with the skills, drills and activities until that time. Focus on building up the strength, fitness and skill requirements. Check out our youtube channel for some creative ways to stay fit through non-contact training.

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