ADVICE TO MEMBERS UPDATED 7 SEPT 2020 RE ALCOHOL

All clubs will have received an updated Covid Safe Plan outlining number and density requirements (which are still 1.5m of separation between people), cleaning and hygiene, marshals etc. Please ensure this plan is printed and available at your club for the covid marshal to refer to and in case of an inspection.

Please continue to be mindful of sanitizing your hands, staying home if sick and proper cleaning of all equipment after use. Please ensure you are entering a clubhouse one at a time, allowing for each person to sign in and sanitise.

As of midnight Friday 4 August 2020 eating and drinking while seated at a bar will be allowed, provided no food preparation or production occurs at or near the bar (i.e the bar is not a kitchen bar).

ADVICE TO MEMBERS UPDATED 18 AUGUST RE COVID MARSHALS

As of the 21 August 2020 a COVID Marshal will be required to supervise a prescribed operation. In accordance with the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 7)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 a prescribed operation includes but not limited to:

  • The onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverage (whether occurring in an indoor or outdoor area)
  • Social and sporting clubs
  • Operations at gymnasiums and fitness centres
  • Swimming pools used by the public

If more than 200 persons are reasonably expected to be present at or participating in prescribed operations, a COVID Marshal supervising the prescribed operation must not have any other duties in respect of the prescribed operation.

If there are less than 200 people at the club, the Covid Marshal can be a player who can also act as marshal. If there are over 200 people at the venue the Covid Marshal must not be playing or there in any other capacity, i.e. they must only perform the duties required by the marshal.

IF YOUR CLUB IS MANAGING AN EVENT AT HUTT ROAD PLEASE ORGANISE WHO IS THE COVID MARSHAL FOR THE DAY.

Roles and responsibilities of a COVID Marshal

  • Training:COVID Marshals must have completed relevant training as prescribed by SA Health. Their business owner/operator or the person in charge of their activity must be able to prove that their COVID Marshal(s) have completed this training, so that they can show this to an authorised officer if requested. You must have your certificate with you at any venue you are acting as a marshal for.
  • Identifiable: COVID Marshals must be visibly and immediately identifiable by their colleagues, SA Police and the public. Croquet SA suggests an orange hi viz type vest would be appropriate.
  • Present and on duty:a COVID Marshal must be on duty while a business or activity is operating or is being conducted. However, for 24/7 operations with staff not always present on-site, a COVID Marshal is only required during any hours of high patronage.
  • Take all reasonable action to ensure compliance: a COVID Marshal’s role is to ensure that their business or activity’s COVID-Safe Plan, COVID Management Plan or their local COVID-19 prevention plans, policies or protocols are implemented as best as possible.

While COVID Marshals are not responsible for individual patrons’ behaviour or for their employer’s compliance, their duty (to their employer) is to ensure that all the correct measures contained in their business or activity’s COVID-Safe Plan, COVID Management Plan or other COVID policies or plans are indeed in place, that they are implemented as best as possible, and that he/she takes all reasonable action to ensure that all staff, patrons, contractors and other people on site follow these rules.

Here is a link to complete your Covid Marshal training – please print your certificate and keep it with you when acting in this capacity. You will have to create a Login and the training takes around 30 minutes to complete.

https://marshal.clickontraining.com.au/

There is further information and FAQ’s here on the SA Health website. https://www.covid19.sa.gov.au/recovery/covidmarshals#:~:text=Training%3A%20COVID%20Marshals%20must%20have,an%20authorised%20officer%20if%20requested.

 

ADVICE TO MEMBERS UPDATED 4 AUGUST 2020 RE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL

Important changes taking effect from Wednesday 5th August 2020 include – 

  • Alcoholic beverages by spectators at a sporting event must be consumed while seated. 
  • Food and beverages (including alcohol) are only consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate from any bar or other area for taking orders. 

Food and beverages may be consumed at recreational facilities (eg mini-golf, pool tables, tenpin bowling), as long as the consumption of food and beverages occurs in an area that is physically separate from any bar or other area for taking orders; and patrons remain generally in the vicinity in which they or their group are using the facilities. 
For more information see the Emergency Management Directive issued on 4 August 2020 and the SAPOL page 

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE USE OF BBQ’S UPDATED 2 JULY 2020

BBQs and Sausage Sizzles

On 2 July 2020, SA Health and SAPOL provided the following update in their FAQ’s: Communal and Shared Food:

  • BBQs / sausage sizzles will now be classified as “take away food” rather than communal food, and can now be held at sporting venues and community clubs. However, certain measures must be taken to reduce the risk of infection, including:
    • People being served must practice physical distancing when lining up to order and practice good hygiene.
    • No self-service of condiments etc. (person serving the food must apply condiments).
    • Cooked food must be protected from contamination and stored away from the area where orders are placed.
  • Team shared food (i.e. oranges, lollies and recovery food) is still considered communal food and is not permitted.

 

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 29 JUNE 2020

As from Monday 29 June the spacing rule decreases from 1 person per 4 square metres to 1 person per 2 square metres. Of particular interest is that it may result in more people being permitted inside your clubhouse.

Density and Physical Distancing

  • Physical distancing measures must still be followed.
  • 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • 1.5 metres between people.

Room/venue limits will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square meters rule, so size of the room will determine capacity.

Your Covid Safe Plan has been automatically updated and emailed to the club – it will say on it how many are allowed to be in the main clubhouse area and outside. The current plan should be available at the club at all times.

Food and beverages

  • Purchase and consumption of food or beverages (including alcohol) is permitted as long as no communal food or beverage service areas are used (i.e. buffets, salad bars, water/beverage dispensers)
  • Sausage Sizzle/BBQ’s continue to remain off limits as they are seen as a communal food service.
  • Team sharing of food during and after training and competition is not permitted (i.e. half time oranges, recovery food etc).

Food or beverages can now be consumed whilst seated or standing.

Please continue to practice good hygiene and ensure that everyone is completing attendance sheets and sanitizing equipment and their hands.

To implement the changes to the Roadmap, the State Co-ordinator has enacted the Emergency Management (Public Activities No.3)(COVID-19) Direction 2020

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 15 JUNE 2020

Introduction of Stage 2.5 – from Friday 19 June

  • This will be an interim step before we move to Stage 3 of the roadmap
  • The number of people allowable in a room (or a group outside) within a venue will increase from 20 to 75 providing 1 person per 4 square metres can be accommodated.  This will apply to training or competition groups.
  • The total number of people allowed in a venue will increase from 80 to 300 providing 1 person per 4 square metres can be accommodated.  Again this will apply to all people, indoor and outdoor who are gathered at a club.

 Stage 3 will commence earlier than expected on Monday 29 June

  • There will be no room or venue limit.  This will be replaced with only a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres

From Monday 20 July

  • Border restrictions will be lifted
  • There will be no requirement on entry to SA to self-isolate for 14 days
    For the latest information and links refer to the Rec & Sport website here 

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID19 UPDATED 28 MAY 2020

All clubs should submit their Covid Safe Plan prior to 1 June
Continue to adhere to the Plan and Restrictions for Sport 
Refer to the latest Emergency Management Directive from SAPOL
Croquet Competitions may recommence from 1 June. 
Contact Croquet SA if you have any queries

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 11 MAY 2020

Please refer to the guidelines below and contact Croquet SA if you have specific queries. We are pleased that croquet venues are now permitted to have restricted practice/training sessions. For a summary of requirements see fact sheet here  

If all goes well, formal competition in SA should recommence around 8 June. Please see the Road Map for SA here 

These documents are aligned with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport here 

and are in conjunction with the Emergency Management Directive issued by SAPOL on 11/5/20 here

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ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 4 MAY 2020

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ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 7 APRIL 2020

To ease the financial pressure on clubs, the SA Govt has announced that Club Liquor Licence fees for 2020-2021 will be waived. More information here https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/liquor-licence-holders-and-covid-19

Clubs who may be scheduled to hold an AGM in the coming months may be wondering how this should be approached. If possible, it can be held via an online platform, e.g. Skype or Zoom. However, if this is not possible the SA Govt has advised they will take no action if the AGM is postponed for up to 6 months from the legislative timeframe in the club’s constitution. More information can be found here https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/news/information-associations

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 25 MARCH 2020

SAPOL has issued a directive which states that buildings used by sport and social clubs must also be closed in addition to licensed clubs etc .  This includes the outdoor areas associated with the buildings, i.e. your lawns. Therefore all croquet clubs must close to members both indoors and outside as per this directive. This directive was issued on 23/3/2020, effective immediately.   Police have extensive new powers and will be conducting random checks to ensure compliance.  Failure to comply with this may incur severe penalties for individuals or clubs. All clubs must comply with this directive.Media Release here https://bit.ly/2xgHPR0  Full directive here https://bit.ly/2Vmupwl

UPDATED ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 23 March 2020

As the escalation of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues rapidly, Croquet SA reassures our members that developments are being constantly monitored with regards to the impact it may have on our croquet community.

Following recent advice (see below) issued by the Federal and State governments the Board has decided that the suspension of all Croquet SA activities will continue at least until May 31st 2020.  This includes all scheduled AC and GC competitions, pennants, squad/team training sessions, face to face meetings and workshops. 

Latest information from the State Government:

  • The Premier has declared a “State of Emergency” for SA.
  • Number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 has doubled in the last 2 days.
  • First cases of Covid-19 have been detected in regional SA.
  • SA’s borders will close from 4-00pm on Tuesday 24th March.  Residents returning will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days, with possible penalties imposed for failing to do so.

Latest information from the Federal Government:

  • The Prime Minister introduces more draconian measures as people continue to ignore social distancing directives.
  • Pubs, LICENSED CLUBS and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos to close from midday Monday, March 23.
  • Non essential religious gatherings, or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies) are also banned
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only.
  • Essential services which includes schools and supermarkets can remain open.
  • It could be 6 months or more before the Covid-19 pandemic situation abates.

Advice to Clubs:

  • Croquet SA urges all clubs who have events scheduled in the near future to postpone/ cancel them.
  • Croquet SA recommends that all Clubs consider the effect the COVID-19 virus may have on their membership and urgently consider whether all Club activities must be curtailed in line with Croquet SA.
  • Remember that most players fall into the “Vulnerable/High Risk” category as defined by the Australian Health Department and Clubs, like Croquet SA, have a Duty of Care to members.
  • Continuous cleaning of touched surfaces (door handles, benches, balls, hoops etc.) at your club and provision of adequate hand sanitizers is mandatory.
  • To help stop the spread of coronavirus, stay 1.5 metres away from others, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face and if sick, stay home.
  • Remember that any member may unknowingly be carrying the virus, and the risk to others must be reduced as much as possible to prevent spread.

Croquet SA advises all members to continue to:

  • Practice high levels of hygiene health (washing hands often with soap and water, use of sanitizer) which are widely considered by health experts to be key to disease prevention and management.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Dispose of tissues promptly and properly
  • Avoid physical contact (shaking hands)
  • Practice social distancing by keeping 1.5 m between yourself and others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid unnecessary risks by staying home as much as possible and only go out when really necessary.
  • Stay active and maintain a positive outlook.

Please take all precautions to avoid the spreading of this virus and seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing. If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution.

I thank everyone for playing your part to reduce the spread of this virus and assure everyone that Croquet SA will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

For and on behalf of the Board

Eileen Ferguson
President
Croquet SA

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) 17th March 2020

Preamble

As the escalation of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues, Croquet SA wants to reassure our members that we are constantly monitoring developments and the possible impact it may have on our organisation.

We have considered the information being provided by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ACA, Australian Government Department of Health and other authorities to make decisions in the best interests of the health and welfare of our community.

Many of our members fall into the Government defined “vulnerable and at high risk” category of the population.  Croquet SA has a duty of care to all our members and the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments as they evolve and our priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our members.

Postponement of ALL Croquet SA activities:

Due to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic the Board of Croquet SA, after careful deliberation and consideration has decided to err on the side of caution and is postponing all Croquet SA events from midnight tonight (17/3/2020), until 1st April 2020, when the situation will be re-assessed by the Board.  This includes all scheduled AC and GC competitions, pennants, squad training sessions, face to face meetings and workshops.

Please note the remaining games of the AC night competitions will not be postponed but cancelled as from midnight tonight.  Teams will be contacted with regards to final outcomes of these two competitions.

Recommendations for Clubs:

Croquet SA urges all clubs who have events within this time frame to postpone them also.

Croquet SA recommends that all Clubs consider the effect the CORVID-19 virus may have on their membership and consider whether all Club activities should be curtailed in line with Croquet SA.

Increased cleaning of touched surfaces (door handles, benches, balls, hoops etc.) at your club and provision of adequate hand sanitizers is mandatory.

Guidelines for members to keep our croquet community as healthy as possible:

At the present time, we ask all members to follow the guidelines below in order to keep our croquet community as healthy as possible

We ask that you don’t attend your club if you:

• have travelled anywhere overseas in the past two weeks

  • have been in contact with anyone who has travelled anywhere overseas in the past two weeks, or are concerned you have been in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus, or,• you have the slightest sniffle, cold or other flu-like symptoms.

Please take all precautions as much as possible to avoid the spreading of this virus and seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing.

If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution.

For personal safety Croquet SA advises all members to :

  • Practice high levels of hygiene health (washing hands often with soap and water, use of sanitizer) which are widely considered by health experts to be key to disease prevention and management.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Dispose of tissues promptly and properly
  • Avoid physical contact (shaking hands)
  • Keep a distance between yourself and others of 1.5m whenever possible.
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid unnecessary risks by staying home as much as possible and only go out when really necessary.

Recommended reading:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#travellers-and-visitors

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/covid+2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

I thank everyone in advance for playing your part to reduce the spread of this virus and assure everyone that Croquet SA will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

For and on behalf of the Board

Eileen Ferguson
President
Croquet SA