COVID-19 Return to Play
Latest State Government Directive
The Premier of Queensland has announced that the Queensland Border to New South Wales will close as of 1am, Saturday 8 August 2020. Queensland Cricket is aware of the impact that the closures will have on border communities, and encourage cricket participants at all levels to adhere to the directions of the Qld State Government in all regards. We acknowledge this is a frustrating and disappointing time for clubs and players affected by these changes however the health and safety of the community comes first. The most up to date return to training and play information is available on this page.
State Government Roadmap to Easing Restrictions – Community Sport
Current State Government Roadmap to Easing Queensland Restrictions is at STAGE 3, effective from 12noon Friday 3 July 2020.
This stage expands the restrictions on community sport from Stage 2. The six principles guiding the Stage 3 Return to Play are:
- Facility usage - All elements of community sport, recreation and fitness facilities to be accessible in line with relevant health guidelines and directives. Including revenue generation activities (i.e. canteens) to resume and use of all facilities required for training and competition (change rooms).
- Facility capacity - The total number of people to attend training, competition and events is to be based on the social distancing standard of one person per four-square metres. Group segmentation and buffer zones will be used to limit co-mingling. Risks will also be managed through mandatory record keeping, which could include the use of technology (e.g. movement tracking apps, ticket purchasing)
- Contact - Full contact is permitted on the Field of Play similar to pre-COVID contact activities. At all other times, participants, coaches, officials, trainers and spectators are to observe social distancing requirements and undertake sound hygiene practices (i.e. sanitations) as detailed in the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
- Events - Activities are to resume including championships, markets, carnivals and gala days. The total number of people allowed to attend an event will be based on the social distancing standard of one person per four-square metres. Whole of Government event principles are to be applied in addition to measures to reduce co-mingling between groups.
- Stadia - Crowds to return to stadia with strict social distancing measures and hygiene practices remaining central to COVID Safe Plans for stadia, in line with Public Health Directives. Crowd capacity will be limited and based on the social distancing standard of one person per four-square metres. Group segmentation and buffering measures will be used to reduce co-mingling.
- Industry COVID Safe Plans - All activity is to be conducted in accordance with relevant Industry and Stadia COVID Safe Plans and Public Health Directives. This includes organisations detailing how all persons at the activity/facility will be tracked, and traced, including spectators
Industry COVID Safe Plans
Industry COVID Safe Plans for sport, recreation and fitness have been implemented to cover all operations across the Sports industry in Queensland. These plans are designed to provide flexibility on restrictions for all clubs and organisations within each sports sector, including, where appropriate, allowing more participants and spectators than specified in the roadmap. Queensland Cricket advocated and provided input on behalf of cricket through in developing the Industry Covid Safe Plan for Field Sports.
The approved Industry COVID Safe Plan for Field Sports provides a checklist and guidance material including on health and hygiene, facility management and physical distancing measures and has been updated to reflect Stage 3 easing of restrictions.
Cricket clubs / associations please take particular note of the checklist (commencing p36) that will help to ensure Covid Safe requirements are met for Return to Play.
Clubs and Associations should also access and complete the COVID-Safe Checklist for dining at Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Clubs, RSL clubs and Hotels in order to safely reopen canteens and bars at cricket venues.
Return to Training and Playing Cricket After Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions in Queensland
Queensland Cricket (QC) endorses and has adopted Cricket Australia’s principles, guidelines and resources relating to Return to Training and Playing after easing of COVID-19 Restrictions.
CA has recently released Return to Play Practical Guidelines which have been developed to assist local Associations and Premier Cricket governing bodies in providing safe guidelines to managing the game within their local area. They are recommendations which can be implemented in full or adapted by each Association as they see fit. Ultimately these guidelines are designed to provide support to the cricket community, however the ongoing advice provided by relevant government Chief Medical Officers and the Department of Health will be the ultimate authority on dealing with COVID-19 within each State and Territory. The guidelines cover:
- Cleaning of the ball
- Checking the condition of the ball
- Placing of the ball at the taking of a wicket or end of a session
- Transferring the ball at the completion of an over to a new bowler
- Storage of equipment during play
- Setting up and remaking of the stumps during play
- Scoring matches
- Team Sheets and Coin Toss
- Matches Impacted by COVID-19
- Player & Staff COVID-19 Etiquette for training & matches
CA has also released Playing Conditions & Enforcement Options. These are specifically, based on consultations with Federal and State Medical Officials, the Australian Institute of Sport and the internal Chief Medical Officer. CA has taken the stance that participants should not be able to use saliva and/or sweat to shine the ball. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is highest through saliva and this measure is in place to protect all participants and umpires. The health and safety of participants, officials and volunteers is CA and QCs primary objective.
Click on the Cricket Australia Resources tab immediately below to access this new information.
Cricket Australia has launched a Return to Cricket site. A place where clubs and indoor centres can access a range of signage and cleaning products to help them keep people safe and healthy whilst playing cricket.
QC-affiliated clubs, associations and zones now have QC return to play permission, dependent on full adoption of, and adherence to, the Industry Covid Safe Plan for Field Sports, and Cricket Australia’s guidelines and resources relating to Return to Training and Playing after easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
‘6S’ Simple Approach to Safe Return to Play (Cricket Organisations)
1. SIGN UP
- Organisation officially adopt:
- Industry COVID Safe Plan for Field Team Sports
- Cricket Australia’s COVID 19 Return to Playing guidelines and resources
- Appoint COVID Safety Coordinator(s), and complete any required COVID Safe Training
- Ensure all team members and officials ‘sign up’ to, and understand their COVID Safe responsibilities
- Ask teams and officials to download and ‘sign up’ to the COVIDSAFE App
2. SAFE VENUE
- Consult with your venue owner – usually local Council – to receive owner’s consent to return to play
- Complete and display CovidSafe statement of compliance
- Ensure safe, separated/distanced, time-minimised attendance, entry to and exit from venue for all attendees
- Employ ‘get in, play, get out’ principles, to minimise player / game ‘crossover’
- Check number of attendees allowed at venue. No limit, if venue allows 4 metres squared per attendee (players, officials, spectators included.
- Feeling sick? Don’t attend!
3. SIGN IN
- ALL attendees (players, coaches, scorers, umpires and spectators) MUST register attendance, via MyCricket or on paper (minimum requirements and template example in the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Field Sports – Appendix 2)
- Clubs might also like to investigate the use of online/electronic data capture apps eg. TeamApp, COVID Safe Sports (local product) or Evacheckin.com for contactless QR Code Check-in for all attendees.
- Employ recommended hygiene practices (hand and equipment sanitising / no use of saliva or sweat to shine ball)
- Ensure hand sanitiser is available to all attendees
- Feeling sick? Don’t attend!
- Minimise physical contact. No unnecessary contact.
- Maintain 1.5 metre social distancing wherever possible
- Prevent intermingling of playing groups
6. SHARE (DON’T)
- Don’t share equipment
- Don’t share food or drinks
- Don’t share transport to/from the game
- Don’t share your germs. Feeling sick? Don’t attend!
State Government Assistance
The Queensland Government recognises the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sport and active recreation community and on Queenslanders who benefit from physical activity participation.
The Queensland Government has opened its Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund which provides not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding for minor upgrade, repair or maintenance works and equipment to assist in re-engaging Queenslanders in physical activity.
Whether it’s sporting equipment for training and play, marquees for a fundraising event, white goods for the canteen, or a fresh coat of paint for the clubhouse, up to 3,000 clubs will be supported with funding to improve their facilities and purchase relevant equipment to encourage Queenslanders to return to play.
Clubs can apply for funding of up to $20,000 for minor upgrades, repairs and maintenance works and equipment to help re-engage Queenslanders in physical activity.
To find out more about the Recovery Fund and to direct clubs where to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/sportrecoveryfund. Applications close 7 August 2020.
FairPlay Vouchers aim to support regular participation in physical activity, by reducing the cost of sport and active recreation for children and young people from low-income families. Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for eligible children and young people. These vouchers can be used toward the cost of membership, registration and/or participation fees for eligible activities with registered physical activity providers.
The latest round of the program is NOW OPEN.
Don’t forget, if you have a Round 2 FairPlay voucher, the expiry dates have been extended until 11 November 2020 for parents to present to activity providers, coinciding with the closure of this current round. Vouchers can be used with registered activity providers listed on the FairPlay website. For more information or to apply for a voucher, visit qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay.
Brisbane City Council Assistance
Brisbane City Council has recently announced the Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program to assist clubs / associations that hold leases on Brisbane City Council facilities —
Details: Council is providing $3 million in direct financial assistance to community, cultural, and sport and recreational groups leasing a Council-owned or managed community facility, to help them rebuild and re-commence services to residents after the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible organisations can apply for funding of up to $10,000 towards operating expenses incurred between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, and future minor maintenance works at Council community leased facilities. Applications are now open. The Program will close when funding is expended. (Brisbane City Council)
Changeover Principles for Shared Facilities
QC has adopted Cricket Australia’s high-level principles relating to shared cricket facility changeovers with AFL in Victoria.
QC encourages our affiliate clubs and associations to consider these principles when entering discussions or negotiations with winter code tenant partners to determine equitable access to grounds when a return to community sport is permitted, after relevant COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Please note that the document linked below contains high-level principles only. These are not hard and fast rules, and are designed only to guide local negotiations between tenants sharing facilities and changing over winter/summer use in 2020 and in some cases summer/winter changeover in 2021, under the unusual circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. To be clear, local agreements and existing agreements between tenants sharing facilities, or localised agreements enforced or negotiated with or without local Council involvement, will take precedence over adherence to these high-level principles.
Cricket Australia Insurance Cover
Affiliated cricket organisations in Queensland are covered by existing insurance, through an arrangement with Cricket Australia. Participants will be covered under the Personal Accident policy, and clubs / associations under the Public Liability and Club Management Liability policies that make up the National Club Risk Protection Program. Cover under these policies remains under their current terms, conditions and exclusions. For more information CLICK HERE.
For further information, advice or assistance on Return to Play issues, contact Paul Leven, State Infrastructure Manager on 0417 610 683 email@example.com