Council is continuing to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. Please see our dedicated webpage for up-to-date information on Council services and advice.

COUNCIL SPORTS FIELDS REOPENING

The Federal and NSW Governments have now eased the restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Orders, Council is in a position to allow the hiring of Council’s public reserves, parks, sports ground as long as users comply with restrictions in relation to group sizes, social distancing and space requirements.

Sporting groups will be required to produce evidence of their compliance with the NSW Public Health Orders, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Sporting Commission, NSW Sport and NSW Government guidelines. School groups must also comply with the Sports in Schools information released by the Department of Education.

Strathfield Council will be writing first to all clubs who were originally allocated sports fields for the Winter Season April – September 2020 prior to COVID restrictions coming into force. These clubs will be invited to apply for use of Council controlled sports fields on the basis that appropriate COVID safe measures are put in place as approved by their relevant umbrella association and guidelines issued by the bodies mentioned above.

Public toilets will reopen in Councils parks, reserves. Sports Amenity Buildings remain closed except for any Public Toilet Facilities within these i.e. Change Rooms and Kiosk areas are not being allocated at this point of COVID 19 restrictions

Arrangements for Junior Sport and Senior Sport are different and these are outlined below.

Applications and enquiries can be referred to Council’s Bookings Facility Team via 9748 9999 or council@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Arrangements for Junior Organised Sport:

Training:

Junior training can resume in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order once an application is lodged and Council approval is obtained.  A maximum of 10 people per group, 1.5 metre social distancing applies within the space one person per 4m2 also being applied.  No contact is permissible before the 1st July.

Competition:

Junior competition can recommence once Council approval is obtained from 1st July 2020 as mandated by the NSW State Government.

Arrangements for Senior / Adult Sport:

Training:

Adult training can resume in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order once an application is lodged and Council approval is obtained.  A maximum of 10 people per group , 1.5 metre social distancing applies within the space one person per 4m2 also being applied.  No contact is permissible.

Competition:

A date to restart adult organised sport competition has not yet been set by the NSW State Government. Therefore this cannot take place at this time.

The use of Council’s Public Reserves and Parks (outside of sports fields)

The use of Council’s Public Reserves and Parks (outside of sports fields)

With the easing of the Public Health Order measures for the current COVID–19 pandemic, individuals and groups may now have non-exclusive use of any parks or reserves in the Strathfield Council area (no booking required).

However, non- exclusive users and their activities, including any organised training, must comply with all current applicable NSW State Government Public Health Orders requirements including, but not limited to, that groups do not exceed ten people and social distancing of at least 1.5m is maintained.

Users of Parks, Reserves and Sportsfields must keep informed of Covid-19 restrictions and requirements to keep safe

All open space users must keep themselves informed of any changes to Public Health Orders and/or protocols to ensure their activities are compliant. Organised training users must also consult with their respective peak bodies to ensure their practices are in accordance with approved protocols.

Anyone using Council’s public reserves, parks and sports grounds does so knowing and accepting that that there may be an increased risk of exposure to communicable viruses (such as COVID-19 and influenza) from participating in any activities with other people. While particular protocols, equipment, and personal hygiene may reduce these risks; the risks of serious injury and illness do still exist and Council will not be liable or responsible for such exposure.

Individual users, organisations, and/or clubs assume full responsibility for the running of, participation in and/or use of any public reserves, parks and sports grounds. Organisations and clubs should seek professional advice and obtain adequate insurance to cover all risks associated with their activities.

Council continues to monitor changes made by the NSW government on COVID-19 restrictions and further updates on our public reserves, parks and sports grounds will be provided.

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