As we move towards the 2021 season it is important to note that we are still living in a “COVID-Safe environment” and need to consider our actions throughout the 2021 season.
Football competitions are no different to the rest of the society.
We have adapted to the “COVID way of life” and must be as vigilant at football games as we are when entering shops, restaurants and areas where large crowds gather.
While our COVID restrictions are significantly lower than in 2020 it is important to note the following considerations:
- Before participating in any football activity, all players, team officials, parents/carers and other club members must not attend training or matches, if in the past 14 days if you have:
- been unwell or had any ﬂu-like symptoms, or
- been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or
- any sudden loss of smell or loss of taste, or
- are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.
Please check the NSW Government website for advice regarding the full list of symptoms associated with COVID https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/symptoms-and-testing
- When attending training and matches it is important to consider the social distancing protocols (off the field of play) of spreading out around the field and keeping 1.5m between groups.
- All players, team officials, parents/carers and other club members must restrict the sharing of items – in particular bibs and team benches. Drink bottles should not be shared.
- All players, team officials, parents/carers and other club members must take notice of the signs around grounds (in particular amenities buildings, canteens and clubhouses) with advice on general hygiene, hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.
- The use of any indoor spaces should abide by the 2 person per square metre rule (with signs on each room indicating the number if people allowed). Appropriate cleaning processes should also be considered.
- If a field/ground has a QR code in place, please register your attendance, as is the case in all other restaurants, clubs, shops etc. There is not a mandatory need to register your attendance at every training session and match (this is covered by our registration system and Competition management system). This is only for the use in some clubrooms, canteens and indoor premises.
Clubs will be provided with detailed COVID Safety Plans to ensure we can crack on with playing football in 2021 and enjoy our football with minimum disruption.