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Sports, recreation and gyms

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for a gym, health or dance studio, martial arts facility, pool, sauna or spa, indoor sports or community sports facility.

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Under Public Health Orders, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for how your business will keep your participants, volunteers and workers safe.

To open your business to the public from 13 June 2020, you can either :

Updating your plan

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

The plan available on this page will always be the most recent.

If you have registered as a COVID Safe business online and you update your safety plan, you do not need to register again.

Checklist of matters to be addressed in your COVID-19 Safety Plan

  • Ensure the number of people in a facility does not exceed one person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff).
  • For community sporting competitions and training ensure the number of people in a facility does not exceed one person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff) to a maximum of 500 people.
  • Ensure gym or recreation classes or sport activities have no more than 20 participants, plus the instructor and any assistants, per space that complies with one participant per 4 square metres. There may be multiple classes in a room or a pool if there is sufficient space to accommodate this and the classes remain separate. Ensure participants maintain 1.5 metres physical distance where practical.
  • Ensure activities are non-contact as much as practical. Accidental contact may occur but no deliberate body contact drills.
  • Ensure any spectators comply with 1.5 metres physical distance where practical, such as through staggered seating. Household contacts are not required to distance.
  • Move or block access to equipment to support 1.5 metres of physical distance between people.
  • Assess the safe capacity of communal facilities such as showers, change rooms and lockers. Communicate this at their entrance and have strategies in place to reduce crowding and promote physical distancing.
  • Where practical, stagger the use of communal facilities. Strongly encourage visitors to shower/change at home where possible.
  • Reduce crowding wherever possible and promote physical distancing with markers on the floor, including where people are asked to queue.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
  • Minimise co-mingling of participants from different activities and timeslots where possible.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises, such as with drop off and pick up zones or staggered class start times.
  • For children’s swim classes, take reasonable steps to ensure parents supervising or supporting children are physically distancing.
  • Saunas and spa pools can have up to 20 people inside at any one time provided non-household contacts can maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing. If capacity cannot be closely monitored then these facilities should remain closed.
  • Steam rooms are higher risk and should have no more than 20 people inside at any one time or up to one person per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser. Clean steam rooms with a detergent and disinfectant several times per day, should the facility choose to open them for use.
  • Use telephone or video platforms for essential staff meetings where practical.
  • Review regular business deliveries and request contactless delivery and invoicing where practical.
  • Ensure communal facilities such as showers, change rooms and lockers have strategies in place to reduce crowding and promote physical distancing.
  • Where practical, stagger the use of communal facilities. Strongly encourage visitors to shower/change at home where possible.

  • Adopt good hand hygiene practices.
  • Ensure hand sanitiser is accessible at the venue entry and throughout the facility or ground.
  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels or hand dryers. Consider providing visual aids above hand wash basins to support effective hand washing.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own water bottle, snacks, towels, exercise mats etc. and encourage eating outside if practical. Avoid shared food and drinks.
  • No self-serve buffet style, or service staff carrying trays. If food is provided or share-style, one person should be allocated to serve food and practise hand hygiene before and after service.
  • Clean cutlery and tableware with detergent and hot water, or with a commercial grade dishwasher if available.
  • Clean frequently used indoor hard surface areas, including children’s play areas, at least daily; first with detergent and water, and then disinfect. Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces, including in communal facilities, several times per day.
  • Clean areas used for high intensity cardio classes with detergent and disinfectant after each use.
  • Reduce sharing of equipment where practical and ensure these are cleaned with detergent and disinfectant between use.
  • Maintain proper disinfectant levels and pH of pools and spas.
  • Clean steam rooms with a detergent and disinfectant several times per day, should the facility choose to open them for use.
  • Ensure there is accessible detergent/disinfectant and gloves for visitors to use, should they wish.
  • Disinfectant solutions need to be maintained at an appropriate strength and used in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Staff are to wear gloves when cleaning and wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.
  • Encourage contactless payment options.

  • Keep a record of name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, volunteers, participants, spectators and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.
  • Make your staff and volunteers aware of the COVIDSafe app and its benefits to support contact tracing if required.
  • Cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at your workplace, and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50


Become a COVID Safe business

 

Step 1

Download your COVID-19 Safety plan

Download, print and complete a COVID-19 Safety plan:

Reopening from 1 July 2020:


Step 2

Register as a COVID Safe business 

If you've completed and downloaded your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register your business as COVID Safe.

Register a COVID Safe business

 


 

Last updated: 30 June 2020

 

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