Dear TVHC Members, please see the below important information and changes sent by Hockey ACT today due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in NSW.
Hockey ACT are continuing to monitor the current COVID-19 updates from the ACT Government. At this stage training and games can continue as scheduled, however, if this changes we will be in touch with further information. The Return to Play Guidelines have been updated today, with the major changes including:
When attending a Hockey ACT facility, all participants, umpires and officials over 12 years old are required to wear face masks before and after games as well as in common areas, including outside areas, changerooms, bathrooms and Pick Up Stix. Participants and referees are not required to wear masks while competing. Spectators, coaches, managers and officials are required to wear masks at all times. Please note, due to the various sporting competitions and community users that visit Hockey ACT facilities we have mandated the use of masks in outdoor areas in addition to the ACT Health advice for indoor areas.
Non-ACT residents who have been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions of NSW are not permitted to travel into the ACT unless they have an approved exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Unfortunately, HACT have been notified of three players that have played competition games over the weekend after visiting Sydney on or after 21 June. ACT Health has advised HACT that the players that have played in games with these players are close contacts who need to monitor their symptoms and get tested if they have the mildest of symptoms. All the affected players and clubs have been notified. It takes our whole community to keep us COVD-safe and ensure we can continue to play hockey so please be vigilant and assist HACT in taking these matters seriously.
The updated guidelines have been posted to HACT social media accounts this afternoon to ensure participants can be prepared for games and training tonight. Other updates:
HACT is putting in place contingency plans for competition games in case the ACT Government issues a mandated lock down. We will provide clubs with further information if/when required.
Participants for HACT's upcoming regional carnivals have been contacted today at approximately 1pm, if your club members are attending and have not been contacted please have them email Lil Mutton – email@example.com.
All other HACT Return to Training Guidelines remain unchanged, if you require any further information please see https://hockeyact.org.au/return-to-training-guidelines/.