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COVID-19 Community Sports FAQs

Council is pleased to work with the sporting community for the resumption of community sport. We share your passion for sport and its role in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. City of Ryde is following all state and federal guidelines to ensure this is done in a COVID-19 safe manner.

Council has developed a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the resumption of community sport at our sportsgrounds.

What are the latest requirements to ensure COVID Safe community sport?

NSW Health has developed COVID-19 Safety Plans for the sport and recreation sector in response to rising case numbers in NSW and the ongoing risk of transmission in the community.

Read the safety plan for Organisations delivering community sport competition, training and contact activities for gatherings of more than 20 people.

What are the additional recommendations for community sport organisations from 19 August 2020?

The Chief Health Officer has written a letter detailing additional recommendations for community sport organisations.

Read the letter. The letter seeks that the following recommendations are implemented by Wednesday 19 August 2020 and are anticipated to be in place for six weeks. 

The recommendations detailed in the letter include the request for community sport organisations to:

  • Cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example by ceasing zone, regional or state championships or competitions
  • Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities
  • Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners)
  • Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible; and
  • For local activities, limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.

Additional FAQs are available from the Office of Sport here. For more information, visit the Office of Sport's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Will there be an extension to the winter season?

In line with the principle of the ‘Collaborative Agreement on the 2020/21 NSW Community Sport Seasons’ document signed by AFL NSW/ACT, Football NSW, NSW Rugby League, NSW Rugby Union and Cricket NSW City of Ryde will be extending the 2020 Winter Season and delaying the commencement of the 2020/21 Summer Season.

The change of dates is being consistently applied across the NSROC (North Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils) region and for a majority of City of Ryde sportsground will be as follows:

2020 Winter Season concludes – Monday 5 October 2020*
2020/21 Summer Season starts – Saturday 24 October 2020^
2020/21 Summer Season concludes – Sunday 28 March 2021
2021 Winter Season starts – Saturday 10 April 2021

*Selection of grounds will be made available for finals on the weekend of 10/11 October.
^Selection of grounds may be available prior to 24 October for some summer sports.

Season dates for individual sportsgrounds may differ from the above, where this occurs City of Ryde Parks Department staff will liaise directly with the impacted user groups.

Do we need to contact Council to extend our winter season bookings?

No – City of Ryde Parks Department staff will automatically extend all relevant winter season permits to reflect the dates above and will issue updated permits before Wednesday 1 July. Sporting user groups will have until Monday 13 July to review the updated permits and make any changes in line with the normal seasonal booking process.

Are there any restrictions on the type of training or games that can be played?

Please refer to the latest federal and state government advice on the types of activities that can take place. It is the responsibility of each user of Council’s facilities to ensure they are meeting all guidelines or recommendations that may be set out by the relevant state sporting bodies and state government.

What cleaning will Council be carrying out at facilities?
Council will be increasing the frequency of cleaning toilets during this period. Change rooms will remain closed during the initial return to training as recommended in sporting code guidelines. Some user groups will also be required to undertake their own further cleaning of amenities before and after use of a facility.

Will Council be providing soap in toilet facilities?
Council is progressively installing soap dispensers in public toilet facilities across the LGA. Due to current high demands from suppliers for dispensers, there may be a delay in these being installed at some facilities. Council will install these as a priority once supplies are available.

Will Council be providing hand sanitiser?
It is recommended that individuals bring their own sanitiser and that clubs also provide this when training is being carried out.

Where can I find out further information?
Further information on returning to sport can be found on each of the relevant state sporting organisations websites. Some of these are listed here:

For information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the City of Ryde community please refer to the City of Ryde Coronavirus update page.

For more information on the coronavirus including updates, alerts and resources, please visit the coronavirus page on the NSW Health website.

Last updated on 19 August 2020