Gymnastics SA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

For current updated information, please see SA Health for information about prevention, treatment, and current government measures to address the situation.

A key preventative measure is to maintain good personal hygiene habits such as hand-washing and covering coughs or sneezes; further guidance is available at the SA Health or via the World Health Organization.

Clubs should regularly check the Australian or South Australian government webpages for updated information and provide factual information to members and families, such as hygiene tips. Common-sense precautions such as encouraging use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser and having tissues to hand will assist.  


Update as at 15 April 2020
$10,000 Emergency Cash Grant for Small Businesses 

S
mall businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business.
 
The grant is being funded from the State Government’s $650 million Jobs Rescue Package. 
To be eligible, businesses and not-for-profits including eligible sporting and community organisations will need to:

    • Employ people in South Australia. 
    • Have annual turnover of more than $75,000 (GST exclusive). 
    • Have an annual payroll of less than $1.5 million, and not be entitled to a payroll tax waiver under COVID-19 support measures introduced by the South Australian Government. 
    • Have an ABN and were carrying on the operation of the business in South Australia on 1 March 2020. 
    • Have been subject to closure or highly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions^. 
    • Apply by 1 June 2020. 
    • Use the funds to support activities related to the operation of the business. 
 

If: 

    • The business has received any South Australian Government grants provided to address COVID-19 related business impacts, the value of these payment(s) will be deducted from the $10,000 grant. 
    • The business is part of a group of companies that is registered for payroll tax and will receive the payroll tax waiver, the business is ineligible for this grant. 


Applications for the grant will open shortly and be available until 1 June 2020.
 

If you would like to register your interest for the grant please provide your contact details. You will receive an email when the application process opens. 

Find out more HERE


Update as at 2 April 2020
JobKeeper Payment Scheme 

JobKeeper payment scheme, is your club eligible?

Treasury announced that it is offering a significant wage subsidy for eligible businesses (including NFP’s) experiencing a 30% or higher reduction in turnover compared to a similar period last year. 
The subsidy will pay $1,500 per fortnight for each current employee (including some Visa employees and regular casuals who have worked at least 12 months as at 1st March).
Payments will commence from May for up to 6 months.

What should Clubs do now? 
1. Familiarise yourselves with the scheme to see if you are eligible to register.
View HERE
  
2. Register for the scheme.
Register HERE
  
3. Let your employees know that you are planning on registering for the scheme, although you cannot confirm whether your business will be eligible at this stage.
Direct your employees HERE for more information, if they request it. 


Update as at 23 March 2020

 

COVID-19 UPDATE | In a press conference held yesterday (22 March 2020) the Prime Minister announced Stage 1 restrictions to the following facilities as of midday today (23 March 2020): 

- Pubs, registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation) 
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues  
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs 
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery 
- Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies). 


Read the transcript HERE  >> 


The team at Gymnastics SA acknowledges the new restrictions imposed by the Federal Government on Sunday 22 March, 2020 and recognise that this decision will result in gymnastics clubs across the country having to shut their doors for the foreseeable future. 


Gymnastics SA and Gymnastics Australia, are working closely to support our clubs and members as they navigate this challenging and difficult time. 


We want to acknowledge our clubs, who have gone above and beyond over the last few weeks to keep their gyms open and enjoyable for their members and for adhering to the strict health and hygiene guidelines asked of them. 


Gymnastics Australia and all States and territories supports the strict new guidelines imposed the Federal Government as necessary to help keep all Australians safe from Coronavirus Disease. We encourage our members and the wider community to remain vigilant in their daily lives and continue to listen to what the medical professionals and relevant government authorities are asking of us all. 


We will continue to provide advice to our clubs and member via the Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics SA website and social media channels as news come to hand. If you have any questions about your specific club or program, contact them directly or follow their social media pages for the most up-to-date information.


If you are a club and have any questions about your specific situation, please contact us directly. 


Our hearts go out to everyone involved in our gymnastics community as we recognise the devastating impact this will have on so many. While our gymnasts may no longer we able to meet together to train for some time, some things do not change: 

- Our friends do not change 
- Strength and conditioning do not change 
- Our attitudes do not to change. 


In a time of great change, the team at Gymnastics SA are committed to supporting our clubs and members as they navigate this uncertain time. We will to work collaboratively with our clubs in this period of transition and will continue to update you as we learn more of when we will all be able to train together once again. 


Please keep talking. To your members, to your staff, to us and to each other. 


You are not alone. 


We are in this together.

 


Update as at 22 March 2020

As of March 22, The Prime Minister held a press conference where he outlined that the federal government will impose further restrictions on indoor non-essential gatherings.

 

Effective midday Monday the 23rd of March, Prime Minister Morrison has mandated the following facilities will be restricted from opening:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

As a result of this most recent communication, Gymnastics South Australia will be ceasing programs facilitated within the State Gymnastics Centre including KinderGym, effective immediately. This includes other programs facilitated by Gymnastics South Australia at other various sites across South Australia. We encourage member clubs to continue to review their individual situation and comply with all SA Health, State and Federal mandates during this difficult and unprecedented time. In a time of uncertainty, Gymnastics South Australia stands by the safety, welfare and protection of not only all of our members, staff, extended families, friends and the wider community at large. Our hearts go out to our hardworking clubs, athletes, officials, and families at this difficult time. The South Aussie spirit unites us all, as we collectively continue to dig deep and band together to navigate through this challenging period. Gymnastics SA is committed to informing and supporting our members and will continue to provide updates and assistance in the coming days. 

<<< Read the Prime Minister’s Statement Here>>> 


Update as at 19 March 2020


As of 18 March, the Federal Government has applied restrictions on all non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. In a statement made on March 18, the Minister for Sport announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID -19. “
Settings like gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools are not required to close at this time providing they meet these requirements for social distancing and hand hygiene." 

In a statement on the 18
th of March the Minister for Sport announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID -19.

Read the full statement here
Read Gymnastics Australia's statement here


The guidelines include:
 

  • players, visitors and officials should minimise physical contact as much as is practicable, for example no shaking hands, no walking out with player mascots, no pre- or post-match celebrations and no celebrating between players during the match. 
  • When spectating or attending a game or training session, ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others. 
  • Access to change rooms should be restricted solely to players, officials and essential staff. 
  • If spectating, try to maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others. 
  • It is recommended that sporting teams, including school sporting teams, maintain local competitions only, with no inter-district, or inter-club travel. As with all gatherings, basic protective measures should be observed, such as regular hand hygiene practices before, during and after the match, do not share drink bottles, and avoid touching your face.

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Facilities should ensure that: 

  • spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with disinfectant 
  • provide hand washing guidance 
  • promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants 
  • provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the event (particularly entry or high use areas such as a registration desk, change rooms, toilets or kiosk) 
  • make sure dispensers are regularly refilled 
  • promote exclusion of ill persons 


The team at Gymnastics SA acknowledge the importance of maintaining good health and a sense of normalcy for our young athletes as our community adapts to an ever-changing climate. We
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. 
 
In addition to the above guidelines, Gymnastics SA wish clubs to consider sport specific hygiene practise such as:  

  • Restricting spotting and partner work between athletes 
  • Modifying training, to restrict spotting between coach and athlete 
  • Ensure athletes and coaches practise 20sec hand washing before, during and after lessons. 
  • Limit spectator viewing – or establish a drop off and pick up zone for families.  
  • Restrict the use of hand- held equipment, unless the personal apparatus of an athletes (e.g. rhythmic gymnastics ball)  
  • Restrict the space utilised within the gym to maintain and monitor cleaning 
  • Restrict the additional equipment (shapes, boxes) used in lessons to maintain and monitor cleaning 
  • Encourage athletes to bring their own water bottle to training 

 

During this challenging time, we thank you all for your diligence and care.  
 
Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your club directly, or speak with the team at Gymnastics SA.  



Update as at 17 March 2020

This morning Gymnastics Australia announced the cancellation of the 2020 Australian National Championships due to the Coronavirus. As a result, Gymnastics South Australia will not facilitate trials or competitions scheduled for March and April, 2020. (A full credit or refund will be provided.) After this time, we will reassess the need and capacity to facilitate additional events based on the current landscape. We will also be reviewing our other events for the year, including the timing of the 2020 Gymnastics SA State Championships.

There has been no information to date, to suggest that gymnastics classes are mandated to cease. We encourage Clubs to continue to sanitize equipment as standard process. Where possible, hand sanitizing stations should be set up and participants are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.


We further reiterate that athletes, officials and parents that are unwell should not attend gymnastics activities and seek further advice from SA Health.


In a time of uncertainty, Gymnastics South Australia stands by the safety, welfare and protection of not only all of our members, but further extended families, friends and the wider community at large. Our hearts go out to the athletes, officials, clubs and families who have been busy preparing and greatly looking forward to these events. We acknowledge their hard work, committment and passion for our great sport.


We thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time and we will continue to update the community when we have more information.

 

 

Update as at 13 March 2020

There is much media attention and speculation around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

We are currently monitoring releases and following the advice of the South Australian Government Department of Health and Human Resources in regards to events and competitions.

Please refer to the below information for further information regarding Gymnastics SA events over the coming weeks.

If further information comes available we will continue to update and advise the Gymnastics SA Community.



Gymnastics SA Risk Management of COVID-19 for upcoming Gymnastics SA events

13 March, 2020

Risk Process under current Government Guidelines – Wednesday 11 March 2020 – anyone involved in Gymnastics SA event should refer to the Department of Health website and make their own decisions based upon their own circumstances.

For Gymnastics SA events, we are following the advice of the SA Health in regards to competitions and events.

Athletes and officials will be encouraged to wash their hands often with soap and water, and hand sanitiser will be made available where possible; close contact with others is to be kept to the minimum required for safety. As always, if an athlete or official is feeling unwell or presenting symptoms of illness they should not attend the competition.

Please refer to the Gymnastics SA website for further information.

Gymnastics SA Events referred to in this document:

  • 15 March – RG Trial
  • 21-22 March – WAG Interclub
  • 27-28 March – MAG Interclub and Trial
  • 28-29 March – TRP Interclub
  • 29 March – WAG Trial
  • 4-5 April – WAG Invitationals and Trial

 

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

 

Who is at risk?

Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are in Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China.

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:

  • recently been in mainland China and Iran
  • been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus

 

Current Department of Health Information and Advice

Gymnastics SA Management at events

How it spreads

There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person. The virus is most likely spread through:

· close contact with an infectious person

· contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze

· touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

Gymnastics equipment is incredibly difficult to sanitise during competition. The use of some cleaning products can damage equipment surfaces. Clubs who are hosting events should discuss with their equipment provider the best options and methods for cleaning and sanitising their equipment.

 

Clubs should also provide, where possible, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser at the following locations during events:

  • Ticket entry area
  • Officials accreditation area
  • At each judges tables
  • At the awards table (if presenting awards)
  • Food service areas
  • Other areas where participants and spectators are in close proximity

 

Clubs should ensure that toilet areas have posters advising of the best way to wash and dry hands and that bathroom areas are kept clean with access to paper towel or hand driers (posters are available on the Department of Health website).

 

Prevention

Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public. Find out more in our fact sheet about the use of surgical masks.

 

Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others, such as touching

 

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.

 

If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

 

All event participants (Athletes, Coaches, Judges, Volunteers & Staff) and Spectators should practice good hygiene practices as recommended by the Department of Health.

 

In line with the Australian Government health advice, anyone who has had close contact with a person carrying coronavirus should not attend competitions or training.

 

Other examples of preventative methods at events to consider:

  • Reminders of good hygiene practices at coach and judge meetings
  • Do not have athletes stand at the judges tables during rotations
  • Reminding people to use good hygiene practices, tissues and hand sanitisers as required

 

If someone has presented at an event with obvious cold and/or flu symptoms, the event organiser may request that person to show evidence of non-contamination or may request that person leave the event – it is up to the event manager’s discretion. Athletes who require the event as a selection event may then apply to Gymnastics SA for a medical exemption using the correct form on the Gymnastics SA website. 

 

Changes to current events and competitions

Gymnastics SA will continue to monitor the advice of SA Health and adhere to any directives. Should advice change, some or all Gymnastics SA competitions and events may be affected;

  • Events and Competitions may be closed to spectators
  • Events and Competitions may be cancelled

 ​​In the event of any changes to the status of current events:

  • 15 March – RG Trial
  • 21-22 March – WAG Interclub
  • 27-28 March – MAG Interclub and Trial
  • 29 March – TRP Interclub
  • 29 March – WAG Trial
  • 4-5 April – WAG Invitationals and Trial

​  the gymnastics community will be notified as soon as possible by:

  • Email communication to all registered entrants and officials
  • Social media communication
  • Email communication to all gymnastics clubs
  • Notification on the Gymnastics SA website


*Please note, there are no current changes to the GSA Event Policy in regard to change of mind refunds. If Gymnastics South Australia is forced to cancel and event, entries minus any late fees incurred will be reimbursed. Please see the Event Policy  for more details.