Further to the Premier's announcement of Thursday October 7, that outdoor public gatherings would increase from 20 to 30 from today, Monday October 11, the Amendment to the Public Health Orders have now been published and this increase in numbers does not extend to outdoor public gatherings for sport or exercise.

Cricket NSW has sought clarification on this from respective Government Departments, but we have been advised that for now, outdoor gatherings for the sport or exercise – including training activities – can be for no more than 20 people from today, Monday October 11.

From Monday October 11:

Outdoor recreation facilities
An outdoor public gathering for sport or exercise – including training activities – may occur provided that:
People aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption (Medical Certificate required).
There are no more than 20 people involved including participants, coaches and officials, and parents or spectators.
There is no requirement for people aged under 16 to be vaccinated.
The NSW Office of Sport has advised that all Clubs and Associations are expected to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for all gatherings of the above nature from Monday, October 11.

Indoor recreation facilities
A group class or other group activity may occur in an indoor recreation facility provided that:
People aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption (Medical Certificate required).
The operator of the activity has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
The operator of the activity ensures that no more than 20 people are in attendance and there are no more than 1 person per 4 square metres of space.
The operator of the activity takes reasonable steps to ensure that all participants check-in via the Service NSW App and that no unvaccinated adults (aged 16 years and over) are on the premises.
There is no requirement for people aged under 16 to be vaccinated.

General restrictions affecting sport and exercise
Currently no organised community sport competitions or programs are permitted until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone, for cricket this includes but not limited to Woolworths Cricket Blast, leagues, trials, friendlies, internal games or similar.
Regardless of previous settings, restrictions will become uniform across all of NSW from October 11, 2021.
A person who resides in Greater Sydney must not participate in recreation outside Greater Sydney, and a person who resides outside of Greater Sydney (ie. Regional NSW) must not participate in recreation in Greater Sydney. This setting remains in place until the state hits the 80% double dose vaccination milestone.

Fitted Face Coverings
The following rules and restrictions remain in place regarding the wearing of fitted face coverings (ie. face masks);
a. A person who is over 12 years of age must wear a fitted face covering over both their nose and mouth while in any indoor area of non-residential premises.
Removing fitted face coverings:
b. A person may remove a fitted face covering if the person is engaging in strenuous physical activity, except in an indoor area as part of a gym class or dance class.
c. 
The person must resume wearing the fitted face covering as soon as practical after the strenuous physical activity ends.

Vaccination Compliance
- For those involved in any training activity – indoors or outdoors – it is the responsibility of those participating in any gathering to comply with the vaccination or medical exemption requirements, and to obey the Public Health Orders at all times.
Volunteers must not get involved in confrontation or be subjected to physical or verbal abuse for trying to keep participants safe and compliant. If individuals do not comply with the Public Health Orders, it is a matter for the police.
More information can be found on the NSW Government “Vaccination Compliance and Obligations” factsheet.
Furthermore, for indoor training activities, Clubs and Associations are required to take reasonable steps to ensure participants; are vaccinated; that they check-in using a Service NSW QR Code; and are compliant with the Public Health Orders.

These guidelines cover the period from and including October 11, 2021 and will remain current until such time as an updated set of Public Health Orders are released by the NSW Government, at which time Cricket NSW will update our community.

Return to Playing – 80% Double Dose Vaccination Milestone
The NSW Government has indicated community sport could restart from as early as Monday October 25. Cricket NSW will continue discussions with the NSW Government, with the view to community sport being able to start once the state reaches the 80% double dose vaccination milestone. We will keep our community updated.

December 1
As part of the NSW Government’s re-opening roadmap, the Government has indicated that from December 1, it will no longer restrict unvaccinated people from participating in community sport. However, it should be noted that this date is indicative and could change. For more information on the re-opening roadmap visit the Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Wicket Curating Advice
Where relevant, please commence discussions with your local council about allowing Curators to attend to wickets in preparation for the season. Under the Public Health Order;
‘it is a reasonable excuse to leave home to attend work that you cannot do from home and includes work done as a volunteer or for a charitable organisation in the definition of “work”’.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Cricket Manager or email covidsupport@cricketnsw.com.au.