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Sport and recreation – New South Wales

Current as of 23 October 2020, at 16:00 AEST

Community sporting activities

You can train outdoors with up to 20 people.

Community sporting activities can have no more than 500 participants, including players, trainers, officials and spectators.

If community sporting activities involve more than 20 participants, organisers must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All ticketed community sporting activities must keep records of spectators.

Interregional community sporting competitions are allowed to resume without being restricted to regions or zones — if the school or community sport activity has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

More than one parent can attend community sporting activities with their children. However, people who don’t live with each other must stay at least 1.5 metres apart.

Shared travel arrangements such as carpooling should continue to be avoided.

Major recreation facilities

A major recreation facility must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. It can hold up to 25 per cent of its regular capacity or 10,000 people — whichever is lesser — if people use tickets to enter the venue and they’re assigned seats.

Visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses for more information about COVID-19 Safety Plans.

Gyms and indoor facilities

Gyms

Gyms can open with a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres of space. If you’re taking part in an activity, remain at least 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with.

Gym or recreation classes and sports activities can’t have more than 20 participants, plus the instructor and assistants, per space that complies with the 4-square-metre rule.

Gyms open to the public are only required to have a Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time.

However, it’s recommended that you:

  • attend the gym during quieter periods
  • practice good hygiene before, during and after working out
  • maintain 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with
  • wipe down equipment with disinfectant before and after use

COVID Safe requirements don’t apply to gyms that are not open to the public, such as gyms in hotels, workplaces and apartment buildings.

Indoor facilities

The following facilities can open, but with a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres of space. If you’re taking part in an activity, remain at least 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with.

  • yoga, and Pilates studios and other recreational facilities
  • martial-arts training facilities
  • indoor pools
  • dance studios
  • community centres

You can do classes, sports and activities in groups of no more than 20 people, plus the instructor and assistants, per space that complies with the 4-square-metre rule.

Indoor recreational facilities must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which you can access at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/indoor-recreation-yoga-pilates-and-dance-studios-martial-arts-training.

Pools, saunas and spas

Swimming-pool facilities can’t hold more than 1 person per 4 square metres, excluding staff. Classes can only have up to 20 participants, plus the instructor and assistants, per space. Spectators must keep 1.5 metres apart if they don’t live with each other. Saunas and spa pools may reopen for up to 20 people, provided users can remain 1.5 metres apart. Steam rooms can open for up to 20 people or 1 person per 4 square metres, whichever is smaller.

There must be no crowding in communal facilities such as showers and change rooms.

Swimming pool, sauna and spa facilities must complete a specific COVID-19 Safe Plan, which you can access at nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/swimming-pools-saunas-and-spas

Gyms, pools and cafes at premises must complete additional COVID-19 Safety Plans. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/indoor-recreation-yoga-pilates-and-dance-studios-martial-arts-training.

NSW ski season

NSW's alpine region is open for the ski season. There are limits on how many people can ski at each resort and you must book in advance. Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass ski resorts are acting on advice from the NSW Government to ensure visitors are as safe as possible. Rapid testing for COVID-19 will be available in the Snowy Mountains region.

Contact the ski resorts for more information.

NSW hotspots

For the latest information on COVID-19-affected locations, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Location page on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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