UPDATE 3: COVID-19 & RESUMPTION OF MTB ACTIVITIES


Dear Club Committee,

As we are all aware COVID-19 restrictions are easing across the country and as directed by Chief Medical Officers and other authorities. The situation is changing nearly on a daily basis and requires clubs and individuals to keep abreast of directions issued within their state/territory.

Below is a summary of the current situation in each state/territory in regard to the resumption of mountain bike activities as at 11 June.


New South Wales

Junior and senior community sporting competitions, training and contact activities can recommence from 1 July.

Under the Public Health Orders clubs must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan outlining how the venue/site will keep participants and volunteers safe.
Clubs can use the MTBA COVID-19 Safety Plan template adapting to suit or use the NSW Government issued template.

More information can be found via the links below.
https://sport.nsw.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-covid-19#COVID-19%20Safety%20Plans
www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/sports-recreation-and-gyms


Queensland

Stage 3 commences from 10 July permitting sporting competitions and events to occur for up to 100 people. Spectators and non-essential personnel should be minimised, however, if spectators do attend, they are to be considered within the specified limit of people for this stage.
More details can be found via the link below.
www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/restrictions

MTBA recommends clubs complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan to ensure they are addressing physical distancing and hygiene requirements and communicating this to volunteers, participants and support personnel.


South Australia

From 1 June the following additional criteria relating to the transition of sport were introduced.
  •  A maximum of 80 people may gather at a venue.
  • A maximum of 20 people are permitted per group/room.
  •  These numbers do not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity.
  • Non-contact sport training and competition can commence from 1 June 2020 within the above limits.
If running shuttles, the SA Health COVID-19 Principles for Transport and Tour Vehicles apply.

Clubs must follow the plan developed specifically for South Australia and approved by ORSR- Return to MTB Activities in a COVID19 Environment in South Australia available on the MTBA COVID-19 resouces page. https://www.mtba.org.au/club/covid-19/

MTBA recommends clubs complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan to ensure they are addressing physical distancing and hygiene requirements and communicating this to volunteers, participants and support personnel.
 

Victoria

There has been no update to advice issued earlier stating that non-competitive sport and recreation activities are able to resume from 21 June.

No advice has been released at this stage regarding when sporting competitions and events can resume.

https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/return-to-play/return-to-play-for-community-sport-and-active- recreation

MTBA have completed a Return to Play Plan specific to Victoria and are awaiting approval of this plan. Clubs must refer to this plan when it is finalised and implement the recommendations.


Australian Capital Territory

As per Canberra’s Recovery Plan the following summarises directions for the ACT.

Stage 2
Step 2.1 (29 May) – Low contact outdoor sport permitted. Up to 20 people plus a coach/instructor.
Step 2.2 (19 June) – Up to 50 people plus coach/instructor.
Stage 3 – (from mid-July) – Larger gatherings of up 100 people.
Further information is available at https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/faqs/faqs-changes-to- restrictions/sport-recreation-pools


Northern Territory

No change to current advice.
 

Tasmania

Stage 2 due to commence 15 June was brought forward to 5 June and permits gatherings of up to 20 people outdoors maintaining 1.5m physical distancing and a maximum of 1 person per 4m2.

No competition or racing permitted at this stage. Restrictions on travel for recreational purposes within the state no longer apply.

Clubs must follow the plan developed specifically for Tasmania and approved by CSR - Return to MTB Activities in a COVID19 Environment in Tasmania available on the MTBA COVID-19 resouces page. https://www.mtba.org.au/club/covid-19/


Western Australia

Phase 3 commenced June 6 and includes the following restrictions:
  •  Non-work outdoor gathering of up to 100 people per single undivided space and up to 300 people per venue over multiple spaces (100/300 rule).
  •  2 square metre rule applies.

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 even if this is not required by your state/territory government authorities, 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/.
In addition, the national Guidleines for the Return to MTB Activities in a COVID-19 Environment outline physical distancing, hygiene and recommendstions to facilitate a return to mountain biking.  Both documents can be downloaded here  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. 
 

National Cup Events

If your club is planning a National Cup event for when restrictions allow, please make sure you reach out to the events team so they are aware of your plans.  Email nationalcup@mtba.org.au
 
It is important to emphasise that any decision on when sport resumes is guided by each State and Territory Government. 

Thanks for your patience during these challenging times and fingers crossed we see a full return to competition/racing throughout Australia soon.

Regards,
The MTBA Team
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