13 May 2020

The ACT Government has announced the first phase of gradual easing of restrictions on sport and recreation with informal outdoor, non-contact sport to restart and commercial pools allowed to reopen from midnight Friday 15 May.

From midnight Friday 15 May 2020, non-contact social sporting activity can recommence in outdoor spaces with a maximum of 10 people.

The ACT Government is working with sporting organisations on how this can be properly managed to continue to observe physical distancing measures, personal hygiene, and effective cleaning of any touch points.

Sports that can deliver outdoor activities, or are able to modify their activities, to comply with the rules for this first phase are able to recommence training. These rules require that small groups are always maintained, with physical contact to be avoided. Sports must also promote general hygiene and physical distancing as an integral part of their activity.

The general principles that will apply are:

  • Training only - Get in, train and get out
  • Outdoor sports only
  • Groups of a maximum of 10 people
  • Practice good hand hygiene before and after training
  • Changerooms, canteens and kitchens remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to train
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Don’t share drinks or towels
  • Sharing of equipment such as balls and weights is allowed however should be kept to a minimum. If equipment needs to be shared, it will require proper cleaning and disinfecting during and between sessions.
  • Sportsgrounds must be booked prior to use
  • Follow the one person per 4 square metres rule to ensure sufficient physical distancing between participants

Restrictions on pools will also be eased from midnight Friday 15 May, with pools allowed to reopen for small groups of up to 10 people per pool and one swimmer per lane.

While the option for pools to open will become available, reopening for restricted pool access remains a commercial decision for individual pool operators. Government owned pools, including Gungahlin Pool, Canberra Olympic Pool, Tuggeranong Pool, and Erindale Active Leisure Centre, will not reopen at this time while maintenance and upgrade works are completed. Government owned outdoor pools, being Dickson Pool and Manuka Pool, remain closed for winter as is usually the case.

Please visit the FAQs Changes to Restrictions page for further information.