COVID-19: Update

Dear Clubs

Following an announcement during the week from the NSW Chief Health Officer, additional requirements for community sport have come into force immediately for at least the next 6 weeks.

Attached is a statement from State Sporting Organisation CEOs along with FAQs from NSW Office of Sport

In summary:

  • These additional requirements have come about as Community Sport is under the spotlight – implementation of Covid Safety plans is critical as is cooperation with NSW Health recommendations

  • NWSF competitions are unaffected, as the FAQs confirm that competitions within an Association boundary can continue even across multiple LGAs

However, to ensure that we can complete our season, to observe our broader social responsibilities to the community and to comply with NSW Health recommendations and the Public Health Orders, from this weekend the following applies:

  • Face-to-face social activities are not permitted (e.g. post-training and post-match group dinners and sideline drinks, award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings)

  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible. (If unavoidable then consider wearing face masks and ensure social distancing) ; and

  • Spectators are limited to one parent only for minis and youth age groups, where a child requires parental supervision. If a parent is attending as a coach or manager then this counts as the one parent and the other parent cannot attend.

  • To be clear, this means no spectators are permitted at adult matches (U21 and above).

We urge clubs to ensure their teams leave the venue immediately after their match and not loiter to socialise on the sideline. This includes PL & SL reserve grade teams who are to be told to leave the venue unless they are playing in the first grade match.

The existing social distancing and hygiene requirements still apply, and the above will be communicated directly to participants before this weekend.

We understand this additional responsibility this creates for clubs and your volunteers, but in the interests of getting our season completed, some short-term pain over the remaining weeks will ensure we can achieve this.

It is also understood that enforcing the no spectator rule will be problematic, but we ask clubs to communicate to their teams, players and parents to ensure that at least, their own club complies.

We thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

Regards

Mark Lockie

CEO

NORTH WEST SYDNEY FOOTBALL LTD

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