We are pleased to announce that Athletics competitions and programs in the ACT will resume around the time of the easing of restrictions in Step 3 of the Australian Government’s Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia which correlates with Stage 3 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan – ‘COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions Roadmap’.
This announcement comes after the boards of Little Athletics ACT (LAACT), Athletics ACT (AACT) and the main committee of ACT Masters Athletics (ACTMA) thoroughly reviewed guidelines of the Australian Government, ACT Government, Australian Institute of Sport, Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia on the resumption of sporting activities.
As there is no indicative date that corresponds with Step 3, we advise that organised athletics competitions and programs in the ACT will return no earlier than 1 July 2020.
Over the past two weeks, we have been working in a collaborative effort to ensure that in the coming months, athletics activities in the ACT and surrounding region can return in a COVIDSafe environment. Each organisation is developing a ‘return-to-play’ plan relevant to their existing membership. An evolving set of ‘Return-to-play’ guidelines has been developed as a guide for the resumption of activities under the current phase of easing restrictions and will continue to be updated in accordance to changes made by the Federal and Territory governments. The current guidelines have a clear focus on the resumption of training activities. As the easing of restrictions continues, the resumption of competitions, programs and courses in a COVIDSafe environment will be communicated through a revised set of guidelines.
On Saturday 16 May 2020, the ACT Government introduced Phase 1 of the restart of sporting activities. Phase 1 focused on social participation, training and activities within small groups (up to 10 participants) with continuing emphasis on physical distancing, and personal and respiratory hygiene. Under this first phase, physical contact, sharing of equipment and use of communal facilities is discouraged. If there is a requirement for equipment to be shared, then this equipment must be cleaned with disinfectant after each use and between sessions.
Phase 2.1 will be implemented from the 29 May 2020, where groups of 20 will be permitted to gather for outdoor and indoor community sport. General hygiene and social distancing principles will continue to apply.
The term ‘community sport’ or ‘social sport’ includes any organised sporting activity, be it through community clubs, commercial providers, individual activities or high-performance training programs.