The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly which makes it challenging for us all to provide clear and consistent advice to our respective netball communities.
Advice is changing daily, and a unified national approach regarding community grassroots netball will be difficult to achieve. We respect that in these uncertain times, there will naturally be a diversity of views about the best way to move forward and we’re all aiming to do ‘what is right’ and most importantly ‘what is safe’ for everyone.
On Wednesday 18 March, 2020, based on Government and the Chief Medical Officers advice, Netball Australia released a statement announcing that Community netball should be deferred across the country following discussions between Netball Australia and state-based Member Organisations.
On Sunday, 22 March, 2020, the Prime Minister announced Stage 1 restrictions which is the enforced closure of several facilities effective mid-day 23 March 2020, including registered clubs, hotels and pubs (licensed areas), entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes restricted to takeaway only, indoor sporting venues, gyms, places of worship.
On Tuesday 24 March, 2020, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions which includes a ‘do not travel’ ban on Australians travelling overseas and domestic border closures for WA, QLD, TAS, SA and NT. Further restrictions have been made to indoor and outdoor gatherings, including weddings, funerals, fitness classes, as well as other facilities, including beauty salons, arcades, play centres and food courts.
On Wednesday 18 March, we also announced a partnership with netball fitness organisation NETFIT to deliver live and free online netball workouts and programs to netballers as Australia limited group gatherings to deal with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Government advice is changing rapidly so please take this into consideration with your planning and decision making. We’re in constant contact with government, our Chief Medical Officer and other experts to ensure that our advice to you and the netball community is always up-to-date.