Update on COVID safety guidelines

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Victoria is going through some tough times with a significant outbreak of new cases of COVID-19. This has seen authorities introduce another round of lockdown measures in Melbourne. Outside of the  obvious health issues, one of the consequences has been the cancellation of most community sports competitions, including many AFL junior leagues and Auskick.

There has also been a small rise in new cases of COVID-19 in NSW. Therefore, we need to be remain vigilant and follow health guidelines if we don’t want to see the same happen here in Sydney.

The AFL has been proactive on this front, setting some stringent guidelines around training and game day events. To try and mitigate the risk of our league being shutdown, they have decided to update their conditions of entry to any venues holding a game or training session. 

They request that you do not enter the ground, amenities or playing area if you:

  • have visited Victoria in the last 14 days,
  • have attended any of the locations on the ‘Self-Isolate and Get Tested’ list (during the dates and times listed) on this NSW Health Website
  • have had close contact (defined as either face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes cumulative over the course of a week, or shared a closed space i.e. waiting room, classroom for more than two hours) with someone known to have COVID-19, while that person was or may have been infectious, including in the 48 hours before their symptoms started
  • or if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms

In addition to this, NSW Health recently raised the alert level to amber- moderate for community transmission of COVID-19.

We employ St Johns (NSW) to provide first aid services at Blackman Park. They align their clinical practice with NSW Health and this change in alert means that all St John members attending events to deliver clinical care are now required to wear a surgical mask at all times. Similarly, a surgical mask must be applied to all patients above 12 years of age where practical to do so. 

St Johns members must also first put on PPE before caring for a patient, irrespective of how urgent the patient’s condition is. So please be mindful of this if your child need urgent first aid assistance on day game.

Stay safe and see you on on the sidelines (from a 1.5m away).