STAGE 3 EASING OF RESTRICTIONS - RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE
Brisbane Junior Rugby Clubs are returning to contact training from midday Friday 3rd July, 2020, under Stage 3 of the Queensland Government Easing of Restrictions with approved Covidsafe Return To Training & Game Day Management plans.
The six principles guiding the Stage 3 Return to Play are (noting only 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are relevant):
Contact - full contact is permitted on the field of play in line with pre-COVID contact activities. At all other times, participants, coaches, officials, trainers and spectators are to observe physical distancing requirements and undertake sound hygiene practices as detailed in the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
Facility capacity - the total number of people to attend an activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of one person per two square metres for venues of 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50 people) and one person per four square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more. For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required. Risks will be managed through mandatory record keeping, through group segmentation and buffer zones as appropriate. Individual organisations and facility managers will be responsible for implementing these requirements in line with the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
Facility usage - all elements of community sport, recreation and fitness facilities are accessible in line with relevant health guidelines and directives. This means facilities such as canteens, change rooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, bars will reopen and operating hours can also be amended. Industry Plans will detail how organisations will manage the use of ancillary facilities in relation to cleaning/sanitisation and flow of people within venues. All facility components will be operated in accordance with the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
Events - such as championships, markets, carnivals and gala days can recommence. Organisations must ensure the relevant approvals are in place based on the number of people attending as seen in the Roadmap.
Stadia - strict social distancing measures and hygiene practices will remain central to COVID Safe Plans for stadia, in line with Public Health Directives. Crowd capacity will be up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser).Group segmentation and buffering measures will be used to reduce co-mingling. Public messaging will ensure that patrons are aware of all requirements during sporting events and concerts. COVID Safe Plans for stadia will address transport management for patrons travelling to and from venues, including alternatives to public transport.
Compliance with industry and stadia COVID Safe Plans - all activity is to be conducted in accordance with relevant Industry and Stadia COVID Safe Plans and Public Health Directives. This includes organisations detailing how all persons at the activity/facility will be tracked, and traced, including spectators (Source: Q Sport Website)
What this means for Clubs:
Resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play (including training)
Outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play), i.e. no social distancing of participants required during competition and training
COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3
COVID Safe Checklists continue to apply
For further information please click on the State Government website - https://buff.ly/3benU3l
What this means for Coaches:
ALL coaches MUST be currently registered on Rugby Xplorer with a current Smart Rugby accreditation
Ensure that all players are provided with appropriate coaching on the following areas of contact:
Ruck and Maul
A FRIENDLY REMINDER
Please continue to observe the continuing restrictions during Stage 3 including:
Social distancing, 1.5 metres and hygiene
Stay at home if you’re sick
Tracking, tracing, rapid response
Frequent cleaning and disinfection
Ongoing personal hygiene and safety practices
The BJRU would like to acknowledge and thank all our member Club Presidents and Committees for their collaborative efforts in supporting a united direction to ensure a successful 2020 junior club rugby Season for all our members.
Thank you to our Junior Rugby community for your continued support and patience.