Sport and recreation

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2022 3:42pm

Gathering, density and capacity restrictions are no longer in place. This applies to sport, exercise and recreational activities and their venues. Sporting and recreation events which will have 5 000 or more patrons in attendance, and music festivals/events which will have 2 000 or more patrons in attendance, are required to submit and have an approved COVID-19 Event Safety Plan. COVID-19 Event Safety Plans are not required for events with fewer than 5 000 patrons or music festivals/events with fewer than 2 000 patrons.

The Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) is the guiding document for the resumption of sport and recreation and specifies activities for community and individual sports according to the level of restrictions currently in place.

Sporting activities are currently permitted based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sportmeaning the following are permitted:

  • full contact training;
  • full competition sport (contact and non-contact);
  • sharing of equipment where necessary; and
  • use of change rooms and other shared facilities.

Although not a requirement people attending sport clubs and facilities should try to maintain 1.5m physical distancing from other people, and to maintain physical distancing when exiting, entering or in the lobby or foyer of a building, wherever practicable.

COVID-19 responsibilities for workplaces

All workplaces (including sport and recreation organisations and businesses) have duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 to provide a safe environment for workers, contractors, and customers and visitors to their premises. A safe environment means all hazards are identified and controlled so far as is reasonably practicable.

Doing a risk assessment will help employers to identify and assess COVID-19 risks and determine what controls will be effective to reduce these risks. Employers should apply controls that are proportionate and appropriate for the level of risk based on the requirements of each individual site.

The WorkSafe Tasmania website outlines how to conduct a risk assessment and how to implement measures, in order to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission.

These might include measures in relation to physical distancing, cleaning, general hygiene practices and health of participants.

Change rooms, showers and toilets at sporting centres/facilities are permitted to be used, but people are encouraged to continue to minimise the use of these facilities where possible. Non-essential personnel should be discouraged from entering change rooms.

See more about workplace requirements and conducting a COVID-19 risk assessment on the WorkSafe Tasmania website.

COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Framework

The Tasmanian COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Framework was created to assist event organisers to plan for and host events and activities in Tasmania in a COVID-safe manner, aiming to support event organisers while prioritising the safety of the community.

Events are assessed under the Events Framework according to their size, type, complexity and associated risk factors.

Only events that will have more than 5000 patrons in attendance (or music festivals/events with more than 2000 patrons in attendance) are required to complete and have an approved COVID-19 Event Safety Plan and provide a site plan under the Events Framework.

For events with less than 5,000 patrons, and music events less than 2,000, Best Practice Guidance for COVID-19 Safety at Small to Medium Events is recommended to support event planning.

The expectation is for event organisers to use the information as guidance as there is no mandated requirement to submit information for registration or approval.

This includes measures such as: Raising awareness among patrons and staff of not attending if unwell or required to isolate; maintaining 1.5 metres physical distance where possible; follow cough and personal hygiene measures; managing the flow of people to minimise queueing and crowding; appropriate cleaning and hygiene of venue and facilities; provision of appropriate hand washing and sanitising stations; display of posters and other resources to keep staff and patrons aware of COVID-19 safe behaviours.

For further information on the Events Framework and to apply, see the Business Tasmania website.