COVID-19 UPDATE – GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORT (19 MARCH)
Motorsport Australia is determined to continue to update our members during this unprecedented time with the latest information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.
As previously stated, Motorsport Australia believes smaller events may continue to run based on the current government restrictions, and of course, with the appropriate precautions in place. As of 19 March, this position remains the same.
The Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19 and Motorsport Australia would like to share this valuable information with you. Please see below, taken from the Sport Australia website.
Minister for Sport issues community guidelines
These guidelines were developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), comprising all state and territory Chief Health Officers and is chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.
The guidelines were subsequently endorsed by the newly formed National Cabinet which is made up of all Premiers, First Ministers and the Prime Minister.
AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines
All community sport participants must play a role to help reduce the transmission of COVID 19, including those organising, attending or supporting attendance at these activities.
Participants should not attend and participate in Community Sport if they:
- have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or
- are at a high risk including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Attendance at Community Sport activities
Only essential participants should attend activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants.
All players, visitors should practise the following social distancing measures at Community Sporting activities:
- Players, visitors and officials should minimise physical contact as much as is practicable, for example no shaking hands, no walking out with player mascots, no pre- or post-match celebrations and no celebrating between players during the match.
- When spectating or attending a game or training session, ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
- Access to change rooms should be restricted solely to players, officials and essential staff.
- If spectating, try to maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- It is recommended that sporting teams, including school sporting teams, maintain local competitions only, with no inter-district, or inter-club travel. As with all gatherings, basic protective measures should be observed, such as regular hand hygiene practices before, during and after the match, do not share drink bottles, and avoid touching your face.
- It is acknowledged that contact sports have a greater risk of transmission than other sports, and as such, should be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, other mitigation strategies for match socialisation and contact must be employed to reduce the risk to players, visitors, and officials more broadly.
General hygiene measures at facilities
Facilities should ensure that:
- spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with disinfectant
- provide hand washing guidance
- promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants
- provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the event (particularly entry or high use areas such as a registration desk, change rooms, toilets or kiosk)
- make sure dispensers are regularly refilled
The most recent advice released by the AHPPC can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/news/australianhealth-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-17-march-2020
Additional information relating to the Government’s response to COVID-19 can be found at: www.health.gov.au
The Australian Institute of Sport is maintaining an information page on COVID-19 and Sporting Activity here: https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19
In response Motorcycling SA are here to support your club and event however possible. Our ‘hotline’ 8332 9000 remains active during business hours and we are also monitoring emails out of hours, so your regular contacts will be available.