COVID 19-Update: Letter from the Chief Health Officer to the Sport and Recreation Sector

COVID 19-Update: Letter from the Chief Health Officer to the Sport and Recreation Sector

Softball NSW received correspondence from the NSW Office of Sport outlining recommendations by NSW Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant this evening.

These recommendations are in relation to minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission related to participation in community sports. These updated recommendations are aimed to meet the NSW Government’s goal of achieving no community transmission in NSW and will support community sports to continue operating safely.

Dr Chant’s letter outlined the following specifics;

  • Cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example by ceasing zone, regional or state championships or competitions-this would include State League and State Championships which are scheduled during this period
  • Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities
  • Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners)
  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible; and
  • For local activities, limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.

The implementation of these recommendations is from Wednesday 19th August and for at least 6 weeks in duration. Following that timeline further advice will be provided.

Download Letter Here: Letter from the Chief Health Officer

In the meantime, for localised Association Softball, initial viewing is that the below recommendations are paramount:

  • Cease any programs or activities that include participants external to you Association;
  • Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners);
  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible; and
  • For local activities, limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.

With this information on hand Softball NSW can advise the following;

  • Softball NSW will always act under the guidance of the NSW Chief Health Officer in  providing and delivering a safe environment for all members and the community.
  • The recommendations outlined, cover the minimum timeline of Wednesday 19th August through to at least Tuesday 29th September. This impacts directly on pathway programs such as State League, Waratah League, Under 14 State Championships, Under 18 State Championships & Blue Blaze. Further programs that are adjacent to this timeline such as the Open’s State Championships and Under 16 State Championship may also be impacted.
  • As such we can formally advise that State League & Waratah League are cancelled for 2020. Clubs will be refunded their registration in full. Given the focus of State Championships as the only selection event and the commencement of localised Softball in early to mid-October there is simply not enough time for these Leagues to be played.
  • Further details in relation to the scheduling of all other activities inclusive of State Championships for 2020 will be made as soon as possible.

If you have any questions in relation to this information, please make contact via ceo@softballnsw.org.au

Download Memo: COVID 19-Update: Letter from the Chief Health Officer to the Sport and Recreation Sector