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NSW TOUCH UPDATE 5/1/2021

Firstly, welcome to 2021. We hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year period. Obviously, it was not the end of the year or the start of a new one we were hoping for. I would also like to reach out to the members of our community currently in lockdown or self-isolation, especially those on the Northern Beaches and right across our community to both thank you and let you know that we have been thinking of you all.

As a result of the updates that have been provided daily by the NSW Government, we provide the following advice.

Primarily while restrictions are in place the NSW Government is requesting that a level of personal responsibility be considered in relation to getting tested and the responsible need to undertake self-isolation should persons have attended identified COVID-19 case locations.

As such where Junior State Cup and NTL trials and training or domestic competitions are being considered- all Regional and Affiliate officials, team management, and players need to have checked the NSW Government NEWS and ALERTS prior to attendance. Any person who has attended one of the listed COVID-19 case locations or is a close contact of any person who has attended one of the listed locations- MUST NOT ATTEND. Any activity must fall within the current health orders and restrictions.

Please note that NO activity can take place that does not have an approved COVID Safety plan in effect. Also, the current NSWTA Return to Play Protocols must be adhered to.

Importantly please note the following NSW Government and NSW Health restrictions.

For the Northern Beaches peninsula zone (North of Narrabeen Bridge, and east of the Baha’i Temple), the NSW Government lockdown restrictions apply until January 9:

Any person presenting the slightest symptoms is NOT to attend any activities as per the return to play protocol. The health and well-being of our Touch Football community is and remains our priority.

All advice to your team management, participants, and community must ensure that they are to constantly check the NSW Governments New and Alerts and that they must abide by those regulations and the Public Health orders.

Finally, you must ensure that the appropriate record-keeping is dealt with for each activity.

We strongly recommend that all and any activities in highlighted hotspots consider if the activity is essential at this point in time.

Please ensure you follow the NSW Health advice and stay safe.

Dean Russell – General Manager

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