COVID-19 UPDATES

Thursday 18th of March 2021 6:00 pm

Basketball NSW continues to work closely with Basketball Australia, NSW Office of Sport, NSW Health and other government agencies as we plan for the full return of basketball in NSW.

Our localised plan for the return of basketball in NSW is in line with the Federal Governments National Principals for the Resumption of Sport, the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment with Basketball Australia’s Return to Basketball Guidelines providing a strong reference point.

We continue to work with Basketball Australia and the other Basketball States and Territories to develop practical working guides for associations to use in enabling basketball activities to be run as soon as possible, we encourage associations to also read Social Distancing & Hygiene Considerations for Basketball and Sport Activities in a Stadium.

We’re all in this together. Let’s be safe and let’s support each other!

COMMUNITY BASKETBALL IN NSW

The NSW State Government has released the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020.  The essence of this is that basketball can operate under close to normal conditions but with appropriate safeguards in place.

This means:
→ Develop and execute a Covid-19 Safety Plan.
→ Compy with all social distancing rules.
→ Comply with square metres rules
→ Comply with good hygiene practices limiting the risk of transmission.
→ Work closely with stadium operators and user groups.

Please take a conservative view in relation to your activities by observing the guidelines above and taking sensible precautions to protect the health of all of us.

Please liaise with your local basketball association for further updates on the activities they run. 

WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO UNDER THE RULES

The NSW Government has updated their website and added new sections; please familiarise yourself with the content on the relevant page;

  • Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong HERE
  • Regional and rural NSW HERE

They have also developed common questions about the rules here.

BASKETBALL NSW EVENTS

Basketball NSW will update this section of our website advising our community if any BNSW events (includes Spalding Waratah Junior and Senior Leagues, High-Performance Programs) have been cancelled or likely to be cancelled subject to NSW Government rulings. 

In making this decision we are factoring in the following; stadium location, stadium capacity, stadium availability, NSW travel restrictions, known covid-19 hotspots, team/participant health, biosafety officer(s) availability, bio measures available at the stadium, that the hosting association has submitted and is an approved as a COVID safe business.

→ GREEN (indicates we are proceeding as planned)
→ AMBER (postponed, a new date will be announced)
→ RED (the BNSW event is cancelled)

All Basketball NSW events are set to GREEN.

SPECTATOR NUMBERS

Two (2) spectator per player will be allowed to attend games.  No exemptions to allow more than 2 spectators will be allowed.

→ Spectators need to socially distance themselves when at the venue
→ Should spectators be at a venue where publicly available space around a court does not allow for social distancing then it is highly recommended the wearing of facemasks. 
→ Parents/guardians who have scorebench duty still count as one of the spectators for the team.
→ Children under 12 who are not playing, do count in the spectator numbers.

FACE MASKS

The NSW Government has updated the page on their website; please familiarise yourself with the content on this page HERE

Useful Links

Sport Australia Return to Sport – toolkit

The NSW Government has enacted several Public Health Orders which directly impact on the Sport and Active Recreation Sector. Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020.

Australian Government Covid-19 website

Australian Department of Health Covid-19 at a glance

Basketball Australia Covid-19 Hub 

NSW Government Covid-19 website

NSW Office of Sport Covid-19 website

The Office of Local Government has developed a local government FAQs document which includes information relating to sport and recreation activities and venues.

World Health Organisation Covid-19 website

Basketball Australia partner Etrainu ‘The Covid-19 Course’

World Health Organisation Covid-19 Dashboard

YOU CAN HELP BY DOWNLOADING

COVIDSafe App for IOS

COVIDSafe App for Android

Wash your hands

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Stay at home if sick

Any questions email us via info@bnsw.com.au

Our Partners