Community Sport and Swimming Pools

What can I do?

  • From 12 noon on Friday 19 June 2020, community sport can take place with a maximum of 100 people (including staff, trainers and spectators) per indoor or outdoor space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser.
  • Full-contact training will be able to commence.
  • Swimming pools can open with a maximum of 100 people (including staff, trainers and spectators) per indoor or outdoor space or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser.
  • Swimming pools should have a maximum of four swimmers per lane.
  • Communal facilities (such as changerooms) can open if a risk assessment has been done and a strict cleaning regime is put in place. This should be outlined in the COVID Safety Plan.
  • Canteens can operate, however, physical distancing must be encouraged.
  • People can engage in competitive sport that involves, at most, light contact between players (for example touch football).

What can’t I do?

  • Steam-based services such as saunas and steam rooms are to remain closed.
  • Do not allow gatherings to take place in communal areas.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Sport or venue must have a Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan, or a COVID Safety Plan (whichever is relevant).
  • Limit the sharing of equipment.
  • Put a process in place to ensure that shared equipment is appropriately cleaned between each use.
  • Ensure facilities (for example canteens and change rooms) are only opened with appropriate physical distancing and cleaning procedures in place.
  • For larger team sports, consider maintaining smaller separate groups at training.
  • Maintain a minimum number of officials and coaches.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • The public should continue to abide by the “get in, train, get out” principal and not gather in communal areas before or after training.
  • Reduce contact with other swimmers, particularly if you are sharing lanes.
  • Ensure you properly clean equipment before and after use.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

What does the public need to know?

  • Restrictions are easing but your responsibility hasn’t.
  • Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You should also download the COVIDSafe app and ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes.
  • Be sensible when you have people over at your residence and have your own control measures in place. Know who is there and at what times, download the COVIDSafe app, join Flu Tracker and participate in important YourSay Community Panel engagements and health surveys that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.
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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: June 19 2020