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A Message from the Chief Executive

A Message from the Chief Executive

28 August 2020

The Australian Government has recently released COVIDSAFE Procedures for Outdoor Mass Participation Events.

Mass participation events have a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission than many other sport and recreation activities. This is because of:

  • The number of people involved
  • The difficulty in keeping at a safe physical distance
  • Complex contact tracing
  • The potential for wide geographic infection when participants return home following an event.

Mass participation events include but are not limited to:

  • Park runs
  • Fundraising walk/runs
  • Marathons
  • Ocean Swims
  • Triathlons
  • Trail running
  • Group cycling
  • Obstacle Racing

If your organisation is planning future mass participation events, I encourage you to refer to the attached fact sheet for guidance. However, it is very important to note that the relevant Emergency Management Directions provide you with the most up to date information in regard to restrictions on activities during COVID-19 in South Australia. The Emergency Management Directions must be adhered to at all times.

Finally, it is also worth noting again that where more than 1,000 people will be in attendance at an activity a COVID Management Plan is required in South Australia. With finals commencing soon, I encourage you all to keep this in mind as you plan for these events.


14 August 2020

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.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing will provide further details to you regarding the training required for COVID Marshals when the Government releases this information.

I encourage you to refer to the relevant Emergency Management Directions and the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the new COVID Marshals including what they will be required to do.

I would like to stress again, this is not the time to be complacent. Therefore, we must continue to:

  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Keep 1.5 metre distance from others wherever and whenever possible.
  • Adhere to the density requirement of 1 person per 2 square meters.
  • Wash or sanitize hands and common surfaces regularly.

5 August 2020

As advised on Monday 3 August 2020, the Premier announced new COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia that will be enforced as of 12:01am today.

Following a review of the new Emergency Management Directions (Public Activities No 6)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 I can confirm the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by spectators at sporting events at local clubs if the spectator remains seated.
  • Food and beverages (including alcohol) must be consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate from any bar or are where orders are taken.
  • Food and beverages at a recreational facility (e.g. mini-golf, pool hall, tenpin bowling, high ropes course, etc.) must be consumed at an area separate from a bar/where orders are taken and within the group that are attending the facility.

Please ensure that your members are aware of these new restrictions as they do impact sport and recreation clubs and associations. A copy of the most updated Frequently Asked Questions are also provided for you.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing will continue to update you on any new COVID-19 developments as they arise.