In light of the recent cluster occurring in South Austrlaia, it is timely that we reiterate the importance of not becoming complacent with our actions. By law, all sporting clubs and organisations are required to abide by the Emergency Management Directions view here and follow your clubs implemented COVID-Safe Plan. Spot checks are being carried out and fines of up to $5,000 can be issued.
COVID-Safe Plan -
• COVID-Safe Plans continue to be required.
• Plans must be available for inspection and should be published and communicated with your members.
COVID Management Plan -
• Create a COVID Management Plan - click here.
• When there are more than 1,000 people (excluding staff) at your venue, activity or gathering or, when both dancing and consumption of alcohol is facilitated at the premises, you must complete a COVID Management Plan and have this Plan approved by SA Health.
Density and Social Distancing Requirement -
• 1 person per 2 square metres density still applies.
• 1.5 metre physical distancing rule still applies.
A COVID Marshal is required to –
• Promote and ensure infection control practices (eg frequent hand washing) are followed.
• Promote and take practical steps to ensure people* participating in the operations are complying with density requirements currently 1 person per 2 square meters,
• Promote and take practical steps to ensure people are physical distancing, comply with the 1.5 metre rule.
• Ensure that all COVID Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans (where relevant) or specific polices/protocols in relation to the prevention of coronavirus are effectively implemented and monitored.
• Ensure that the operation has sufficient seating, hand washing facilities and cleaning regimes.
Food and Beverages -
• Communal food (buffets / salad bars), shared water or drinking receptacles are NOT permitted.
• You can serve shared platters/boards to a table if it is to be shared amongst people who are part of the same group. For example, you cannot have a platter available for all guests attending an event, but you can have a platter available for people seated at a table together that are part of the same group.
• Density and social distancing in eating areas applies.
General measures -
• If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, don’t train or play and get tested.
• Wash / sanitise your hands regularly.
• Provide hand sanitisers for players and spectators.
• Wipe down frequently touched surfaces – including team benches between games.
• Manage your entrance and exits to avoid bottlenecking.
• Clean high use areas (toilets and showers / bar areas / food service areas) regularly.
• Discourage shaking hands at the end of the game, instead tap equipment or elbows.
• Bring your own water bottle.
• SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19 Common questions click here
Bowls SA will continue to monitor the situation and will keep all stakeholders informed of any updates that may need to be implemented. We encourage all member clubs to remain vigilant at all times. It would be devastating to see us take a backward step after all the hard work we have done in South Australia.
Louise McDermott | Business Services Manager
Bowls SA Inc | 583A Anzac Highway | Glenelg North SA 5045