Organised Sport and Outdoor Gathering COVID-19 Restrictions

Thursday, 21st May, 2020

From the 15th May 2020 the NSW State government updated its Public Health Order in relation to restrictions of movement and social distancing.

One of the changes was that outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.

An outdoor gathering means you are now able to be outdoors in a public space with up to ten people in total. This could be to exercise or a family picnic. It’s up to you but this measure relates to recreational / leisure activities.

Even within the gathering, you must exercise good physical distancing measures (1.5 metres between people unless a spouse or a family member).

Members of the public need to be clear these measures do not relate to organised sport activities and training. Neither does it relate to training involving sports equipment of any kind.

Council is aware various preparations and publications by the AIS and various sports codes and associations have been made in relation to COVID 19. However, the NSW Government has not yet made a formal announcement specific to the return of community based organised sport.

It is anticipated that when restrictions are eased further in relation to organised sport that Junior sporting codes are likely to be allowed to recommence first  followed later by Adult codes.

It is important that Local Sporting Associations understand that when restrictions are eased their use of Council facilities will be facilitated by a sports field grounds and amenity building allocation process. Applications are called for and facilities allocated for seasonal use assessed against defined criteria. Otherwise a casual hire agreement may be entered into.

Council continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates via our website should the situation change.