Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources
SLSWA is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our members and, with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency continuing to escalate, we feel it is important to provide as much information to you that is relevant in your role as lifesavers, emergency first responders and community members.
12/05/2020 | COVID-19 WA roadmap
6/05/2020 | Advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health: ‘National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities and Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’.
The National Cabinet met on Friday, 1 May, and agreed to bring forward the review of the first phase of removing baseline restrictions on Friday, 8 May 2020.
They considered and endorsed the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities’ endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC).
The National Cabinet agreed that sport and recreation will play a significant role as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 environment due to the associated health and economic, social, and cultural benefits it brings. The Cabinet agreed that the resumption of sport and recreation activity at any level must not compromise the health of individuals or the community; it must be based on objective health information to ensure potential transmission rates are conducive to the safe conduct of sport and recreation, and should only occur when activity, stringent, public and personal health measures are observed, and meeting minimum standards. The evidence to date suggests that outdoor activities are a lower risk setting for COVID-19 transmission.
The National Principles will help provide a pathway for a staged return of community and professional sport, as well as recreational activities, without compromising the health of individuals or the community. The staged return will commence in phases with the initial phase accommodating children’s sport and outdoor recreational activities.
The National Cabinet also agreed that the ‘Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) provides a guide to the staged resumption of sport and recreation in Australia. For high performance and professional sporting organisations, the regime underpinned in the Framework is considered a minimum baseline standard required to be met before the resumption of training and match play.
The states and territories will be responsible for sport and recreation resumption decisions, both at the professional and community level and will determine progression through each phase, taking account of local epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies and public health capability.
SLSWA will continue to monitor government announcements to work towards progressing the resumption of sport and recreational activity safely. SLSWA will review the Guidelines and Framework and in line with upcoming government announcements, will provide more tailored guidance on what this may mean for the staged resumption of Surf Life Saving Sport and recreational activities in the future.