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COVID-19 Return to Play

Latest State Government Directive - Moving to Stage 4

Queensland’s new Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions outlines the staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.

Moving to Stage 4 further eases some of the restrictions currently impacting the sport, recreation and fitness industry.

 


State Government Roadmap to Easing Restrictions – Complying with restrictions for Stage 4 

Under stage 4, all these restrictions still apply:

  • The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:
    • 1 person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50), and
    • 1 person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.
  • For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required.
  • Resumption of activity including competition and physical contact which is permitted on the field of play only.
  • At all other times, participants, coaches, officials, trainers and spectators are to observe physical distancing requirements.
  • Keep following the mandatory record keeping requirements for tracking and tracing purposes.
  • Standing dining and drinking is now permitted with an approved Industry COVID Safe Plan
  • Gyms, health clubs, and yoga studios can be open (occupant density requirements based on the venue’s size)
  • Resumption of events must be in line with Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events

Sport

Outdoor sport

  • For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required.
  • Where possible, sport will be scheduled to ensure there is limited co-mingling between participation groups.
  • Mandatory record keeping required for tracking and tracing purposes for all in attendance including spectators.
  • Consider group segmentation and buffer zones as appropriate to manage risks.

NOTE:  You may have also read about a change in occupant density requirements for outdoor public spaces from 4 square metres to 2 square metres. Please note this announcement does not impact the sport and recreation industry plans.  As a reminder, for outdoor sporting activities, physical distancing off the field of play is required. Spectators are required to remain 1.5 metres away from people who are not from their own household or group.

Indoor sport

  • Resumption of indoor activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play only.
  • The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:
    • 1 person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50), and
    • 1 person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.
  • Physical distancing is required off the field of play/activity space.
  • Where possible, sport should be scheduled to ensure there is limited co-mingling between participation groups.
  • Mandatory record keeping required for tracking and tracing purposes for all in attendance, including spectators.
  • Consider group segmentation and buffer zones as appropriate to manage risks.

 

Stadiums

Community or boutique stadiums with an approved Site-Specific Plan can have increased capacity.

  • Indoor venues can have the greater of:
    • up to 50% of seated venue capacity; or
    • one person per 4 square metres.
  • Outdoor venues can have up to 75% of seated venue capacity.
 
 

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.  

Industry COVID Safe Plans still play an integral role in the continuation of sport, recreation and fitness activities.  When an Industry COVID Safe Plan exists, organisations must comply in order for standard activity to be conducted. 

The Industry Plans and the Return to Play Guide have been updated to the reflect the announcement of Stage 4. 

The updates to the Industry COVID Safe Plans provide:

  • Clarification around Events and the interaction between the COVID Safe Industry Plans and the Framework for COVID Safe Events 
    • What constitutes an event (which includes anything outside of seasonal fixtures or competitions (including finals) such as carnivals, come and try days, gala days and State Championships)
    • The approval requirements for events dependant on attendee numbers
    • All other facets of the organisation’s operations including regular seasonal fixtures and competitions (including finals), organisations should operate in compliance with the Industry Plan.
    • What is required when an event is outside of the scope or not solely covered by the Industry COVID Safe Plan
  • Updated Contact Tracing Requirements are per the advice provided by Queensland Health, including the requirements for collecting contact tracing information from schools.

In addition, the Sport and Recreation Department has developed Community Gathering and Sporting Events Guidelines to provide further assistance to Industry around delivering COVID Safe Events. Currently, Industry COVID Safe Plans provide guidance to community organisations on how to safely resume play/sporting activities. However, being involved in a community club is much more than participating in the activity itself. The information contained in the Guidelines applies to activities planned and undertaken by sport and recreation organisations, such as:

SPORTING EVENTS COMMUNITY GATHERINGS 
  • Carnivals
  • Gala Days
  • Come and Try days
  • State or Regional Championships
  • Training programs/camps 
  • Presentation Nights
  • Fundraisers
  • AGMs/meetings
  • Viewing events for national sporting events
  • Social events

 

INDUSTRY COVID SAFE PLAN - FIELD SPORTS

COVID SAFE PLAN CHECKLIST

COVID SAFE SPORTING EVENTS AND COMMUNITY GATHERINGS

COVID SAFE VENUE COMPLIANCE

EXAMPLE PLAN - WSDCC

 


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 RESOURCES PAGE

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.

RETURN TO 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.

4. SANITISE 

  • 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! 

5. SEPARATE 

  • 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! 

SPECIFIC CRICKET FAQS

 


State Government Assistance 

The Queensland Government has now announced the successful recipients of the 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, clubs were able to apply for funding to be supported to improve their facilities and purchase relevant equipment to encourage Queenslanders to return to play.

Clubs could 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.

CLICK HERE to see the successful recipients.

To find out more about the Recovery Fund and to direct clubs where to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/sportrecoveryfund.  

MORE INFO ON ACTIVE RESTART INFRASTRUCTURE RECOVERY FUND

 

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.

DOWNLOAD FAIRPLAY 2020 FACTSHEET

DOWNLOAD FAIRPLAY 2020 POSTER

 


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. 

DOWNLOAD FACILITIES CHANGEOVER 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 Kate Davies, General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Strategy (QLD) via Kate.Davies@cricket.com.au