ARCHERY SA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments. The health and safety of our members, participants, athletes, volunteers and stakeholders is of utmost importance. The situation is rapidly evolving and any advice risks becoming quickly out of date.
25 March (further update)
Archery Australia has issued the following directive to RGBs and Clubs, which has been sent to all individual Affiliate Members across the country....
"With the updated Government Guidelines around COVID-19 announced last night , the Australian Federal Government has advised that from midnight tonight (25 March, 2020), all organised sporting events and social sporting activities must cease, including all forms of social archery activities.
Australian Health Protection Principles Committee (AHHPC) further recommends closing all organised sporting events, including outdoor sport and swimming pools.
Archery Australia also recommends that if an Archery Club cannot guarantee they can comply with these guidelines, they should cease all operations for the foreseeable future.
Please note, that insurance for Archery Clubs cannot be guaranteed if the club fails to comply with both the latest State and Federal Government Guidelines surrounding COVID-19....."
Police Commissioner Stevens has made a direction under the Emergency Management Act, 2004. Please read carefully. I have highlighted the salient points.
Below is an extract from the direction. To see the link to the release, please CLICK HERE
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia, a number of businesses and venues are required to remain closed to the public until further notice.
Acting on the advice of SA Health specialists, the State Coordinator, Commissioner Stevens has made a direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004.
This direction places restrictions on non-essential business and social gatherings and is now in force.
The following are required to remain closed to the public until further notice:
licensed hotels, bars and clubs (including nightclubs), including any premises operated under the following:
- general and hotel licences;
- on premises licences;
- club licences;
- production and sales licences
- buildings used by social and sporting clubs
- indoor sporting venues
- cinemas, function centres or entertainment venues of any kind
- theatres and other places where live performances occur
- restaurants and cafés
- places of worship
- any venue to the extent that it hosts a weddings or conducts funerals
- outdoor spaces associated with the above venues
In this direction, a member of the public includes the members of any club or association that owns; controls; or operates defined premises.
It seems without doubt that sporting clubs and the outdoor spaces associated with them must close to members of the public.
Statement from the Federal Government, avoid non-essential travel and limiting other activities - CLICK HERE
Following advice from the Minister of Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and
Minister for Youth and Sport and in line with community expectations:
- Effective immediately, ARCHERY SA has decided to cancel all events including the Q-Series and development activities until further notice
- Club events will be up to Clubs to determine, however, in accordance with Ministerial advice, we recommend that invitational events, which encourage archers and officials from different regions to mingle be cancelled and ARCHERY SA will not be supporting such events
- The World Archery Oceania Championships, National Para & VI Championships and the National Youth Championships have already been cancelled
- For the most authoritative up to date advice, visit the Australian Government's Department of Health Website.
- For SA specific advice, such as location of testing centres, see the SA Health web site
- Members at high risk, including elderly, those with compromised immune systems and those with chronic diseases should consider the risk of participating. Refer to the Department of Health web site for more information
- Members displaying cold or flu-like symptoms should avoid contact with others
- Exercise preventative measures including hand washing and increased social distancing as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Avoid handshaking.