Sport and recreation

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2020 9:41am

Gathering restrictions are in place for sport, exercise and recreational activities.

Easing of restrictions will be assessed by Public Health Services throughout each stage. The following currently applies to sport, exercise and recreation activities in Tasmania.

Gatherings are limited to 1,000 people (including athletes and support staff) in the outdoors of a premises for community sport and 250 for an undivided space in an indoor premises, or a maximum of one person per 2 square metres under the density limit, whichever is less.

Indoor pools are limited to 250 people (including athletes and support staff) in each single undivided space, or a maximum of one person per 2 square metres under the density limit, whichever is less. Outdoor pools are limited to a maximum of 1,000 people (including athletes and support staff) in the whole outdoor area of premises, or a maximum of one person per 2 square metres under the density limit, whichever is less.

All people in any single undivided space count towards the maximum number of people permitted. For example, spectators at a pool, athletes and coaches, and canteen staff at a sporting facility are all counted within the maximum number of people permitted.

For sporting and recreation facilities with multiple indoor spaces, the gathering cap applies separately to each single undivided indoor space. For example, a multi-purpose sporting venue with multiple, separate, undivided indoor spaces, could have up to 250 people in each of these spaces (the density limit applies). However, the maximum of 1,000 people outdoors of a premises at one time, applies regardless of whether there are multiple outdoor areas.

Sporting activities permitted based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport, meaning 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.

Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training and non-essential social gatherings should be limited.

Gathering limits and the requirement to maintain physical distancing where practical applies to all sports, exercise and recreation.

The government is taking steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions in a balanced way that supports both the health and safety of all Tasmanians.

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

A return to full sporting activity (indoors and outdoors) in alignment with Level C of the AIS framework comes into place as of midday Friday 26 June 2020.

The maximum density limit of 2 square metres per person applies for outdoor and indoor sport, with a cap of 1,000 people outdoors and 250 people per single undivided space indoors (participants, athletes, support staff, officials, spectators and volunteers are counted within the maximum).

Where practical, players and athletes should maintain 1.5 metres from other people. Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training.

Non-essential social gatherings should be limited.

COVID-19 Safety Plan for workplaces

All workplaces (including sporting organisations) are required to implement measures to meet the COVID-19 minimum standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The WorkSafe Tasmania website outlines the minimum standards that workplaces are required to meet, in order to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission. A set of guidelines has been developed to support the sport and recreation sector on how best to meet the minimum standards.

Sporting organisations in Tasmania should prepare COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure they comply with the minimum standards in relation to physical distancing, cleaning, general hygiene practices and health of participants.

State Sporting Organisations (SSO) should submit their COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) at sportrec@communities.tas.gov.au. CSR will not be providing endorsement of COVID-19 Safety Plans but will be able to check them for general compliance.

All sports clubs and associations should discuss their COVID-19 Safety Plans with their relevant SSO in the first instance.

Sport and recreation facilities

Sport and recreation facility owners and managers are encouraged, as part of their COVID-19 Safety Plan, to consider appropriate control measures when reopening facilities, including cleaning and general hygiene practices.

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

For further information, contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on sportrec@communities.tas.gov.au or 1800 252 476.

A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania has been launched to support event organisers to plan and hold larger-scale COVID-19 safe events from 1 December 2020.

The Framework has been developed in consultation with the events, sports, arts and entertainment sectors and is consistent with World Health Organization, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and Public Health Services advice.

It will be a living document and will be reviewed over time as the rules for mass gatherings and events are updated to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation in Tasmania. The Framework will enable organisers to apply to hold an event under one of three levels.

For further information on the Events Framework click here.