A Message from the CEO
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Hi. Welcome to my second weekly update.
This past week has seen positive changes with some relaxing of restrictions in NSW and in particular discussion and more detailed planning for a return to sport (both professional and domestic).
Basketball NSW has submitted their draft Return to Basketball Plan to the State Government for approval. Once this has been received, we will be able to release our own plans to re-open.
While the final plans will differ in detail, we expect the approach shown below which was included in Basketball Australia’s plan, will be implemented.
We are currently in Red-0, which does not permit any group activities.
We hope to move to Red-10 as soon as permitted, which will allow training of up to 10 people including coaches, per court. We are currently considering the best way to allow as many of our members to share the court space and will let you know once this is finalised.
When we do re-open, the way we operate will need to be compliant to NSW government and health guidelines. It’s important that we get this right for everyone’s safe return to sport.
Here is a brief list of changes to our stadium use:
- There will be designated entry and exit points and these must be followed
- We will have a capacity on the number of people allowed in at any one time so the doors will remain closed and will be monitored for entry
- We encourage the use of card payments to help reduce cash handling
- Sanitisation points throughout the venue
- No changeroom usage
- Casual shooting will require people to fill out the online form “Use of Casual Shoot Around Register 2020”.
- Limits on people means only the players or officials involved in games can enter a venue during the timeslot.
- Game time changes to accommodate cleaning during games
- Hands must be sanitised during breaks of play
- A game cannot commence until the BSO has completed a head count
- All surfaces are sanitised during game breaks
The final details will be provided once the BNSW Return to Basketball plan is approved. We intend to appoint a BioSafety Officer to monitor compliance with Covid-19 requirements.
Some bylaws will be changed to address the covid-19 issues.
We appreciate that these changes will take some getting used to, however it will be a requirement of participation to abide by them, as they are the conditions that the State Government and Basketball NSW will set to allow us to re-commence operations.
With changes coming even faster than previously, we may be able to move to different stages earlier than expected. Whatever happens, we will notify you by posts on our website, social media, and emails to team contacts. Usually this will happen on Monday as previously advised, but please keep watch for posts all week, just in case a major change happens earlier.
Keep safe and I’ll see you next week.