Play safe, watch safe!
Nothing’s more uplifting than having a crowd cheering for you on the sidelines while you’re playing your favourite team sport.
However, COVID-19 means community sports organisers must have COVID Safety Plans in place, which include minimising the number of spectators who attend games.
NSW Health guidelines recommend only one parent or carer should accompany a child to any junior sport activity. While there, spectators must maintain social distancing by staying at least 1.5metres from other people.
All players and spectators should leave the venue as soon as matches end, rather than staying around to chat and mingle.
As every sport may have different requirements based on the activity and venue, it’s important to know what your club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is and to help it to play within it. Talk to your club for details.
For more information about community sport and COVID-19 precautions, including new restrictions about inter-regional competitions, visit sport.nsw.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Young people hold health key
The highest rates of COVID-19 transmission are occurring amongst young people in their 20s.
As a result, the NSW Government is urging young people to reduce their social mobility, instead socialising with friends in a single location rather than visiting a number of settings over the course of a weekend.
They are also being asked to consider getting tested to help prevent ongoing community transmission. Increasing the testing rates of young people is seen as a vital weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
A social media campaign with the hashtag #Itest4NSW has been launched, specifically for people aged 18-35. Young people are being encouraged to use their phone to shoot a video telling why they got tested or would get tested and post it to their social media channel, with the hashtag #Itest4NSW.
Watch this link for some “test-imonials”: vimeo.com/441919834/66fe1e1b29
Find a COVID-19 testing clinic near you www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics
What’s your COVID Safe plan?
Several Central Coast businesses have been fined for breaching NSW Government COVID Safe guidelines.
All businesses are required to have a COVID Safe program which outlines how they operate in a safe way to protect staff, customers and visitors.
COVID Safe plans will vary based on the type of business you run, so industry-specific resources have been provided to help businesses. These include safety plan templates, signage and ongoing information about any changes to health and safety rules.
Resources can be found at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses
Businesses will need to keep their COVID Safe Plan on hand, train staff in COVID Safe practices, collect customer and visitor contact details and make staff aware of the COVIDSafe app which enables customers to provide feedback. They will also need to cooperate with NSW Health if notified of a positive case of COVID-19 in their workplace.
For additional local business information and resources, visit centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/business-support
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