26 Mar 2020
On 20 March 2020 we advised members that all tournaments were suspended, but that Clubs could continue to run chukkas and games within their local zone/community provided they were carried out in accordance with the Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.
However, things have moved rapidly and as outlined by the Prime Minister on Tuesday night, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, new strict directives have been issued by the National Cabinet re social distancing. As a result, from midnight last night all social sporting based activities are prohibited. In light of these developments, APF has reassessed its position and regrettably requests that State Associations advise their Clubs that all polo activities should be suspended immediately until further notice. The decision to suspend these activities is unfortunate, but considered necessary in the best interests of our sport and the Australian community.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and keep you up to date as new information comes to hand.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------COVID-19 Important InformationThe Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19, these are effective immediately. All polo must be run in accordance with the AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines. In addition to the community sport guidelines being implemented, the APF advises that any polo that is played at clubs is under these additional conditions until further notice:
AHPPC COVID-19 Community Sport Guidelines:
All community sport participants must play a role to help reduce the transmission of COVID 19, including those organising, attending or supporting attendance at these activities.
Participants should not attend and participate in Community Sport if they:
Attendance at Community Sport activities
Only essential participants should attend activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants.
All players, visitors should practise the following social distancing measures at Community Sporting activities:
It is acknowledged that contact sports have a greater risk of transmission than other sports, and as such, should be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, other mitigation strategies for match socialisation and contact must be employed to reduce the risk to players, visitors, and officials more broadly.
General hygiene measures at facilities
Facilities should ensure that:
Gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools
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. Such venues should take actions to ensure regular high standards of environmental cleaning take place.
The Prime Minister’s media statement can be found at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirusmeasures
The most recent advice released by the AHPPC can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/news/australianhealth-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-17-march-2020
Additional information relating to the Government’s response to COVID-19 can be found at www.health.gov.au
The Australian Institute of Sport is maintaining an information page on COVID-19 and Sporting Activity
Sport Australia has also Suspended public activity on the AIS Campus in Canberra