SXL GYMNASTICS COVID-19 POSITION: Wednesday, March 18

March 18, 2020

(website extract advices today with which SXL complies)

From Australia Institute of Sport

Australia is entering into the building phase of the COVID-19 pandemic where it is expected that there will be significant strain on public health resources nationwide in the coming weeks to months. The sporting community must prioritise the health of its athletes, coaches, support staff and the wider community by limiting the impact of the pandemic on our national health care system.

Crowd attendance at sporting events in Australia at this time is likely to facilitate the rapid spread of COVID-19, resulting in additional pressure on the healthcare system. Exercise and participation in sport remains an important part of physical and mental health for everyone. For those who are well, they should continue to be active by engaging in exercise and playing sport.

From Australian Government Department of Health

Good hygiene

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

Good hygiene includes:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

 

From Gymnastics NSW (GNSW)

 

In a rapidly evolving situation, we are taking advice from NSW Health and the Australian Health Department in regard to safe hygiene practises. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of all of our clubs that have taken extended hygiene measures to ensure the safety of their members.

Based on this current information available, GNSW is not recommending clubs to close however stress that all clubs closely assess the Inherent risks within their club and mitigate any further risks which should include all previous public health provisions, including but not limited too

  • Self- isolation of all oversees travellers regardless of the country they have visited
  • Safe hygiene practices, handwashing, sanitizing before, during and after lessons.
  • Regular disinfecting of equipment
  • Limiting the use of shared hand- held equipment (floor bars, blocks etc.).
  • Social distancing
  • Any person not feeling well to be excluded
  • Events