Webinar for Club/Event Organiser - Resumption of MTB Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

As you are no doubt are aware the situation is changing frequently in regards to COVID-19 restrictions and the impact these have on resumption of mountain bike activities.
This communication provides the following updates/ information for affiliated clubs in regards to COVID-19:
  1. MTBA Webinar for club/ event organisers – resumption of MTB activities in a COVID-19 Environment
  2. State/territory specific updates, resources and information
  3. Sport Australia toolkit to assist with safely returning to sport activities
1.Webinar for Club/Event Organisers – Resumption of MTB Activities in a COVID-19 Environment
Mountain Bike Australia invites you to join us for a free live webinar series to learn practical strategies to get your community back into organised MTB activity in a COVID-19 Environment. 

We will run through some of the resources available and the practical steps that club and event organisers can implement to gradually and safely resume mountain bike activities now that restrictions are easing. It’s important for organisations and individuals to take precautionary measures and formulate a plan to mitigate the risks.

We recommend registering in advance using the link below:
Webinar for Club/Event Organisers - MTB Activities in a COVID-19 Environment
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 - 7pm (AEST)
Draft Agenda for Club/Event Session
House Keeping. (5 mins)
Purpose of the Webinar. (5 mins)
Review the MTB Guidelines for the Resumption of MTB Activities. (15 mins)
Where to find State and Territory Specific Information, general summary of what this means. (10 mins)
Importance of staying up to date with evolving changes. (5 mins)
Event Specific Information, tips and advice.  (10 mins)
Nat Cup Information (5mins)
Answer questions. (5 mins) 

If you have a specific question you would like address in the webinar, please email amy.cundy@mtba.org.au by 10am on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, alternatively enter your question when you register to attend, or in the chat function during the webinar and we will do our best to answer your question during the webinar.
If you can't make it don't worry, the webinar will be recorded and sent through afterwards for reference. 

There has been a range of new information released over the weekend to assist Qld clubs navigate a return to mountain bike activities in this COVID-19 environment.
2. State/Territory Specific Return to Sport Plans
Many state/territory governments have introduced a requirement for all peak sport and recreation bodies to develop and submit for approval, a plan for resuming their sport and activities in their respective state/territory. MTBA are working through the development of specific plans where required.  Below are details of plans developed to date.
On 15 May, the Government released Return to Play guidelines and checklists to help the sport, recreation and fitness industry return to play.  Resources can be downloaded here:  https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/resources 
MTBA requested the Qld Government review their direction that clubs in Qld cannot organise and hold social/recreational rides under stage one.  This request was based on the similarity between a social/recreational ride organised by a club and a social/recreational ride organised by an individual, which is a permitted activity under stage one.  Unfortunately, this direction remains unchanged. Qld clubs cannot organise and hold social/recreational ride until stage two – 12 June.
MTBA is working with state sporting organisations to provide advice and direction on the development of a COVID-19 Plan for outdoor sports. More information on this Plan and its intention will be provided at a later date.
The Governments COVID Safe Restart Plan, provides a number of funding packages to assist sport and recreation organisations, restart their activities.
Funding is available for hygiene supplies, FairPlay vouchers and infrastructure recovery.  More information can be found here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/funding-grants
South Australia
MTBA have developed and submitted the Return to Mountain Bike Activities in South Australia in a COVID-19 Environment, which has been approved by the Office of Recreation, Sport & Recreation.  This document was prepared with reference to restrictions and directives specific to South Australia including the SA Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions and the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No5) Directions.
Updates to this document based on new directions issued by South Australian Government will be communicated to clubs.
MTBA have developed and submitted the Return to Mountain Bike Activities in Tasmania in a COVID-19 Environment, which has been approved by the Communities, Sport and Recreation.  This document was prepared with reference to restrictions and directives specific to Tasmania including the Our Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment.
The Victorian Government requires all State Sporting Organisations to develop a Return to Play Plan to guide the resumption of sport in the State.
MTBA is currently working on developing this plan in reference to the directions issued by the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Return to Play Guidance Note for Community Organisations.  A copy of this Plan will be forwarded to all Victorian clubs for reference when making decisions about resuming MTB activities.
On 25 May, the Victorian Government launched the $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package to support the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Details of the funding package can be found via the link below.
Other State/Territories
MTBA is continuing to work through the restrictions, guidelines and requirements in the remaining state/territories and will provide updates to clubs as they come to hand.

3. Sport Australia Resources
Sport Australia have released a Return to Sport Toolkit, which can be viewed and downloaded at sportaus.gov.au/return-to-sport This Toolkit provides resources for sport and recreation organisations to safely return to sport and recreation activities and includes:
  • COVID-19 Safety Coordinator PD
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • COVID-19 Hygiene Guidelines
  • Detailed & Simple Club Checklists
MTBA has adapted the Safety Plan to suit to mountain bike activities/ clubs.  MTBA recommend all clubs complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan as part of their risk management process and to ensure all event/activity attendees are aware of their responsibility in ensuring a safe resumption of mountain bike activities.
The MTBA Affiliated Club COVID-19 Safety Plan can be downloaded from MTBA’s COVID19 resources page https://www.mtba.org.au/club/covid-19/
It is important to emphasise that any decision on when sport resumes is guided by each State and Territory Government. 

We are looking forward to speaking with you very soon!

Upcoming Webinars

You may also be interested in the other Webinars we have coming up, register in advance using the links below.

Supporting Information / Documents

There are a number of helpful resources available:
Sport Australia - Return to Sport Tool Kit
MTBA Guidelines for Resumption of MTB Activities V2
MTBA Affiliated Club COVID-19-Safety-Plan V1(25 May 2020)
MTBA COVID-19 Updates and Resources Page  - State/Territory specific return to sport plans
MTBA COVID-19 Activities Page
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