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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Wednesday, 1 April 09:00 AEDT

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

There are now restrictions around public gatherings and rules around leaving your home.

These new measures are in place to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. But it is important to note that people are allowed to leave their homes for the purpose of exercise. For more information on the new restrictions, please visit https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders

What does this mean for sport and active recreation organisations?

The NSW Government has issued guidelines allowing people to go outside and exercise. Any form of exercise is to be undertaken in compliance with the Public Health Orders, meaning that people must not participate in groups greater than two persons at any point in time. Therefore, individual sports such as golf and tennis can continue provided the Public Health Orders are complied with.

Maintaining the public’s physical and mental well-being is now as important as ever. Where possible, it is important sporting clubs and organisations continue to allow people to exercise, so long as social distancing is practised and rules around public gatherings of no more than two people are complied with.

Individuals are encouraged to refer to their local club, association or facility websites to see whether their activities are taking place.

For information regarding Fishing and Hunting, please refer to the Department of Primary Industries COVID-19 Information.

We trust this information will help your organisation to make informed decisions.

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. 

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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 

Monday 30 March: Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020

See all Public Health Orders

Staying physically active

At the Office of Sport we remain committed to our mission of building active communities across New South Wales. We've compiled a resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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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.
  3. Stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell

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 cooperation. 

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. 

The Sydney International Regatta Centre remains open for public recreation for individuals, couples and family members living in the same household. Appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures must be maintained. The Sydney International Equestrian Centre, 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.

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – NSW

The Office of Sport continues to provide support to its NSW Award Centres and stakeholders.

The only service that has been put on hold is the distribution of Award Holders badges and certificates.

There are still opportunities for Participants to continue with their Award with appropriate adaptation to strict COVID-19 guidelines.

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More information

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