COVID-19 and Council sport and recreational facilities

Published on 15 May 2020

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A statement on impact of the latest COVID-19 restrictions on Council sport and recreational facilities

The restrictions put in place in order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread have impacted our entire community, including our sporting clubs, causing the complete cessation of activities in which so many participate and are passionate about.

Nillumbik Shire Council is assessing the implications for its facilities and related activities, of the slight easing of these restrictions by the Victorian Government on 11 May.

While the easing does allow for the resumption of some activity, Council is currently assessing precisely what this could mean for the operation of its facilities and the organisations who use them.

Indeed, Council is conducting thorough assessments of all its buildings and facilities to ensure preparedness for any current or future easing of restrictions.

Our priority, as always, remains the health and safety of the broader community and our staff.

Whether a particular sport or activity is free to resume – and the extent of that resumption – will be dictated by the guidelines as drafted respectively by the Victorian Government and its relevant agencies, the Australian Institute of Sport and by the relevant state sporting association.

Broadly speaking therefore, any sport that has released ‘Return to Play’ guidelines in keeping with those of the appropriate authorities may resume outdoor training in line with existing restrictions.

The edict is simple: “Get in, train and get out,” with toilets and club rooms at any Council facilities to remain closed.

Council has also engaged an occupational hygienist, to further assist Council and users of all council premises to ensure the their safety. This process is currently underway.

We appreciate that these have been particularly difficult circumstances and of the important role of sport and related activities on physical and mental health as well as community connectedness.

We would like to thank the local sporting community, and indeed the broader community for its understanding and its role in the fight against this pandemic.

The situation is rapidly evolving, so further decisions will be made in due course regarding any further relaxation of restrictions and Council will keep its sporting organisations, user groups and the broader community updated of all developments.

In summary

• Outdoor use permitted in accordance with State restrictions and other sporting body guidelines.

• All council buildings on the property, including toilet facilities are to remain closed in the meantime.

• The use of playgrounds on those properties continues to be prohibited in accordance with State restrictions.

Further information on the current guidelines around sporting activity can be found here:

Department of Health and Human Services

Sport and Recreation Victoria