Stage 2 : Return to Play Summary (1st June)

Paddle Queensland, the board of management and technical committees are developing Return to Play strategies in preparation for Stage 3, where normal community sport operation will resume following the most recent advice from the Queensland Government.

In preparation for Stages 2 and 3, Paddle Queensland has reviewed and summarised the Restrictions for Sport, Recreation, and Fitness organisations and the Return to Play Guide for Queensland Sport, Recreation and Fitness industries as they relate to paddle sports as of May 26.

This has been done to provide clarity around the step-down approach to COVID-19.

The proposed restrictions and dates for Stage 2 and 3 are not guaranteed and subject to further consideration by the Queensland Government based on managing the spread of COVID-19.

General Considerations:
Before re-opening, organisations and businesses delivering sport, recreation and fitness activities must consider how to meet physical distancing and hygiene obligations at the relevant stages.

Has your organisation completed the Return to Play Readiness Checklist?

At all stages, the maximum number of people includes players, coaches, spectators and any other person around the gathering in addition to staff, trainers and instructors.

Stage 1: From 11:59pm 15 May
This stage is focused on people engaging in informal, unorganised physical activity. During Stage 1 non-contact, informal outdoor activity and training for gatherings of up to 10 people is permitted. Social and physical distancing is to be maintained by keeping 1.5 metres away from other people as much as possible.

Stage 2: From 11:59pm 31 May
This stage expands the restrictions from Stage 1 to include team, individual, non-contact activities. During Stage 2, indoor and outdoor activities and community sports club gatherings of up to 20 people is permitted. Social and physical distancing is to be maintained by keeping 1.5 metres away from other people as much as possible.

Stage 3: From 11:59pm 10 July
This stage is focused on returning to more normal operation. Gatherings of up to 100 people for standard activity community sport (contact and non-contact) is permitted. Social and physical distancing is to be maintained by keeping 1.5 metres away from other people as much as possible.

In preparation for the commencement of Stages 2 and 3, we recommend all Clubs start developing the below Return to Play Checklists and engage with members on how their Club will operate for the foreseeable future.

Organisation
Organisations should develop a plan to outline how their activity will be delivered within the staged restrictions and communicate this to all its stakeholders.

This plan should include:

  • how activity will be delivered including training and competitions
  • changes to rules and regulations
  • impacts and actions for stakeholders (participants, parents, affiliates, officials etc.).

Organisations must ensure any activity being delivered meets the current restrictions
within the stages.

Organisations should encourage all stakeholders to sign up to the COVIDSafe app.

It is recommended that all organisations complete the Return to Play Readiness Checklist.

Coach
Organised training/coaching can commence from Stage 2 if the activity and number of participants is permitted within the stated restrictions.

Coaching staff should:

  • maintain an attendance register and monitor health of participants before, during and after sessions
  • follow monitoring and reporting protocols if a participant becomes unwell
  • provide soap or hand-sanitiser
  • clean all equipment and surfaces before and after use
  • ensure participants maintain physical distancing and recommended
    hygiene practices.
  • limit the use of shared equipment
  • avoid hands-on approaches.

Coaches should regularly check with their State Level Organisation or Industry Peak Body for specific and up-to-date requirements for their activity.

Participant / parents
Training and coaching can commence from Stage 2 if the activity and number of participants are permitted within the staged restrictions.

Parents should contact their club or activity provider to understand how or if activity will be resumed.

Physical distancing and hygiene measures should be adhered to if parents are accompanying their child to an activity.

Parents and participants should sign up to the COVIDSafe app.

Official
Competitions can commence from Stage 2 if the activity and number of participants is permitted within the stated restrictions.

Officials should:

  • ensure they are informed of any rule and regulation changes for your sport
  • enforce rules and regulations at competitions.

Officials should regularly check with their State Level Organisation or Industry Peak Body for specific and up-to-date requirements for their activity.

Spectator
Spectators and non-essential personnel should be minimised however if spectators do attend training or competitions, in any stage, they are to be considered within the specified limit of people for that stage.

Prior to spectators being permitted at fixtures, organisations should ensure:

  • physical distancing can be maintained within the venue
  • signage is displayed at all entry or exit points of the sporting facility to provide relevant information to reinforce hygiene procedures hand-washing 12 step guide and environmental-cleaning
  • everyone entering and exiting the sporting facilities are encouraged to clean their hands on entry and exit.
  • hand sanitisers or adequate hand washing facilities are available and in good working order
  • strategies for managing the flow of people to, from and within the venue are in place.

Breaches
On-the-spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations/business can be issued if the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions are breached.

Return to Play Readiness Checklist
It is recommended that all organisations complete the Return to Play Readiness Checklist.

The checklist is a tool to assist sport, recreation and fitness organisations to assess their preparedness to deliver any activities within the staged restrictions. It is a self-assessment tool that does not need to be submitted to the department.

To access the information referenced in the Return to Play guide please click on the below links:

COVIDSafe app:
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

12-step guide to handwashing:
https://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/120811/qh-handwashing-12-step-guide-poster.pdf

Environmental-cleaning procedures:
https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/environmental-cleaning-and-disinfection-principles-for-covid-19.pdf 

Roadmap to Easing Restrictions for Sport, Recreation, and Fitness organisations:
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/restrictions

Return to Play Guide:
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/127943/return-to-play-guide.pdf

Return to Play Readiness Checklist:
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/127942/return-to-play-checklist.pdf 

Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Plan
As part of Return to Play, the Queensland Government is helping community sport, recreation and fitness organisations with a range of funding and grants.

The Queensland Government has committed $51.3 million for a COVID SAFE re-start for sport, recreation and fitness organisations.

Getting Queenslanders active is a key priority of the government and restarting activities in stages will ensure we keep everyone safe, healthy and moving.

To find out about the Queensland Governments Restart packages click on the below link:
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/funding-grants

The 6th update to Paddle Australia’s Guidelines for Paddle Clubs can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://paddle.org.au/2020/05/15/update-6-15th-may-2020-guidelines-for-paddle-clubs/

A Paddle Club Operations Checklist, Cleaning Roster and Member Register templates can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
Paddle Club Operations Checklist
Paddle Club Daily Cleaning Roster
Paddle Club Member Register

The Paddle Queensland team are working hard to ensure we can all return to competition as soon as possible.

We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and hope you and your family stay safe during these challenging times.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should any further information be required,
at eo.qld@paddle.org.au or on 0414 960 728.

Yours sincerely,


Scott Sharples
Executive Officer

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