Community Advice: New COVID-19 Restrictions for Greater Sydney (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong)

Community Advice: New COVID-19 Restrictions for Greater Sydney (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong)

Softball NSW wishes to provide the following information in relation to today’s announcement of restrictions by the NSW Government due to COVID-19 community transmission.

While none of the current measures directly impact the attending or participation of Softball (outdoors), please note the recommendation to avoid mingling in large groups prior to and after training and games.

We also would like to remind all participants, administrators, and officials to ensure they check into venues using the Service NSW app.

Further to this, the updated version of the Softball NSW Safe Play Guidelines can be found in the Softball NSW COVID Resource Library: https://nsw.softball.org.au/covid-resources/

Government Restrictions & Community Advice

Due to the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, COVID-19 restrictions will be temporarily tightened across Greater Sydney.

The following measures will be effective from midday today, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children.
  • masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking).
  • drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed.
  • singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed.
  • dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs; however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time.
  • visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.

It is also strongly recommended the community avoids mingling in large groups over the coming days and is careful not to put our most vulnerable at risk.

Further to this we can advise that our government partner, the NSW Office of Sport has sought clarification from NSW Health and can advise the following information relating to community sport and recreation activities at indoor venues:

  • People attending indoor venues are required to wear a mask. This includes indoor recreation facilities, gyms, and pools.
  • People engaging in exercise or physical activity at all indoor venues (i.e., training or competing) will not be required to wear a mask while engaging in the activity.
  • Spectators WILL be required to wear a mask at indoor venues.
  • The mask-wearing requirement will not apply to:
    • a person aged 12 years or under and/or
    • a person with a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable including, for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism, or trauma.

For the full NSW Health update visit Covid-19 restrictions update 6 May 2021

Who needs to get tested and self-isolate?

Anyone who has attended any of the listed COVID-19 case locations (see link below) must get tested immediately and self-isolate until NSW Health provides further information.

COVID-19 Case Locations

More Information

For further information visit NSW Health Covid-19 Information or phone Service NSW COVID Information on 13 77 88.

Please contact the Softball NSW Office via office@softballnsw.org.au or +61296774000.

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