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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

12:00 AEDT, 26 March 2020

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

The situation is evolving daily and the Office of Sport is working with NSW Health to monitor COVID-19’s impact on our service delivery and the sport and recreation sectors. 

NSW Government COVID-19 website  

Please note we are experiencing a high volume of calls and we appreciate your patience as this situation continues. 

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Prohibited activities and venues

Current alert — this page is due to be updated on 30 March

Advice on this page is being updated to reflect guidance on public gatherings adopted by National Cabinet following its meeting on 29 March 2020.

These new restrictions will be legally enforceable after midnight on 30 March. Further information will be available soon.

Support for the sector

The NSW sporting sector is made up of many diverse organisations with different organisational structures; membership bases and sizes; geographic reach, organisational health maturity and financial health. 

For many sporting and recreation organisations, COVID-19 is having a direct financial impact on your operations. A resource has been developed to provide guidance on the resources and initiatives available for organisations and will be regularly updated. 

Learn more

Current Public Health Orders

The NSW Government has enacted several Public Health Orders which directly impact on the Sport and Active Recreation Sector.

Monday 23 March: Public Health (COVID-19 Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020

Friday 20 March: Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order 2020

Thursday 26 March: Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order 2020 

See all Public Health Orders

Staying physically active

We want to encourage all citizens to stay physically active during this time, while prioritising the need for social distancing and increased hygiene measures.

Walking, Running, Cycling and Golf are activities that can be undertaken whilst implementing appropriate social distancing measures.

Remember, where practical these activities should be undertaken on an individual basis or with household members, avoiding non-essential travel and adhering to utilisation of facilities and venues that are not included on the prohibited lists above. If you are an participating in physical activity, NSW Health encourages you to:

  • Practice simple hygiene by: 
    1. Making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    2. Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
  • Stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell.
  • Stay home and not attend if you are returning from overseas.

Sport and Recreation Centres 

The Office of Sport is proud of our Sport and Recreation Centres and understands what they mean to our sporting communities and general public.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation,effective 11:59 pm AEDT, 25 March 2020, all programs, bookings and events at our Sport and Recreation Centres and Olympic Venues until 31 May will be cancelled. This includes all community group bookings, school bookings and school holiday camps.

Affected bookings are currently being contact by the Office of Sport. We will endeavour to reschedule postponed and cancelled bookings where possible, but ask for your patience during these uncertain times.

These restrictions will be updated as required.  We thank you for your understanding and 

Please contact our Central Reservations team on 13 13 02 or bookings@sport.nsw.gov.au should you wish to discuss your booking in further detail.

Olympic Venues

The Office of Sport is proud of our Olympic Venues and understands what they mean to our sporting communities and general public.

You will be aware of the Australian and NSW Governments’ restrictions on public spaces to ensure a healthy community in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective 11:59 pm AEDT, 25 March 2020, all programs, bookings and events at our Sport and Recreation Centres and Olympic Venues until 31 May were cancelled. In addition, most of the sport and active recreation sector will now need to cease activities.

The Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sydney International Equestrian Centre remain open for public recreational where social distancing appropriate hygiene measures can be maintained. The Sydney International Shooting Centre and Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex at Hill Top are closed until further notice. 

These restrictions will be updated as required.  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Office of Sport training events

All Office of Sport training programs, courses and workshops have been cancelled until the 31st of May. We are in the process of issuing refunds. We will provide a subsequent update on events scheduled beyond this date.

Active Kids vouchers

  • The Active Kids terms and conditions state vouchers are not exchangeable or redeemable for cash. 
  • As Active Kids providers have varied cancellation and postponement terms and conditions (T&Cs) and we encourage you to proactively communication your T&Cs to your members.

More information

NSW Government - COVID-19 website 
NSW Health
Department of Education
Commonwealth Department of Health 
Australian Institute of Sport