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The NSW Government provides comprehensive information on COVID-19, including what you can and can not do under the rules. We recommend you monitor the NSW Government website, for updates to information and changes to the Safety Plans through this link - NSW Government
There has been changes and improvements to the COVID-19 Safety Plans. The existing Safety Plans have been consolidated into industry categories. This will help improve the Safety Plan process to make it quicker and easier for NSW businesses and organisations.
Gym and Indoor Recreation: Gyms and indoor recreation | NSW Government
This plan now includes Gyms, indoor recreation facilities, swimming pools, sauna, spas, community centres and halls.
Major Recreation Facilities: Major recreation facilities | NSW Government
Venues should complete all the relevant safety plans and register their business as a COVID safe business.
COVID SAFE BUSINESS
Under the public health order:
Major recreation facilities must:
For indoor major recreation facilities and entertainment facilities:
For outdoor major recreation facilities the maximum number of people allowed is the greater of
If the maximum number of people is based on the percentage of the fixed seating capacity, admission is only by ticket for a specific seat.
To be a COVID Safe business you need to:
To register your business complete the NSW Government online form by clicking here - Register your business as COVID Safe | NSW Government
COVID Safe businesses and organisations are easily recognised by the blue tick badge displayed that you can display at your venue and online.
Registered businesses and organisations get:
The NSW Government provides registered businesses with resources they can use, including a QR Code check in option, click here for details - QR code and business resources retrieval | NSW Government
The NSW Health website provides COVID-19 information on clinics, statistics and health alerts - NSW Health
To deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences, the Minister for Health and Medical Research has made a number of Orders, under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010. Orders and Exemptions can be amended frequently. NSW Health provides a summary - click on this link - Public Health Orders and restrictions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)
For the most up to date orders, and the history of each order, visit NSW Legislation - COVID-related legislation
CURRENT EXEMPTION RELEVANT TO OUR INDUSTRY
Exemptions have been granted to the Public Health Order (Restrictions on Gathering and Movement):
When calculating the space available for each person only the areas that are open to the public are included in the calculations.
For example: 25 metre lane that is 2 metres long, and applying the 2 square metre rule:
For this example based on the 2 square metre rule, you could have a maximum of 25 people in the 25 metre lane. However these calculations are worked on people standing, therefore venues should use their discretion to implement numbers relevant to people swimming laps safely.
For more information on calculations click here - Square metres rules | NSW Government
Click here for the ARI NSW - Guide to COVID-19 Venue Operations