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COVID-19: What it means for Outdoor Recreation

 

Updated 2 June 2020:

With Phase Three of the COVID Recovery Road Map in effect as of 6 June 2020, you can take advantage of the Great Southern’s natural environment to aid in improving and maintaining your wellbeing.

Where can I find information about the COVID-19 situation?

You can find the most up to date advice on COVID-19 on the Western Australian Government website and the Federal Department of Health website.

Can I continue to take part in outdoor recreation?

Yes, you can continue to take part in Outdoor Recreation, and you should keep doing it. It has positive influences on mind and body. You should, however, follow the guidelines set out by the heath department. This includes social distancing when not actively playing a contact sport.

The WA Government has eased social distancing rules as from 6 June 2020 to allow indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 100 people.

  • This means that you and others can gather for the purpose of undertaking active leisure, such as going for a walk, run or ride. HOWEVER, it is important to practice social distancing and leave at least one metre between yourself and your friend.
What restrictions are in place for outdoor recreation?
  • Public playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment are now open for use.
  • Do not to leave your home if you are in self-isolation or have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Exercise common-sense when recreating outdoors. If you go to a park, reserve or beach, give others space.
Where can I get specific advice about my recreation activity?

We recommend that you follow the specific advice of your club’s state sporting association or peak body.

GSCORE will provide more information as it is received from other associations. If you have any further enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Should I go on a long-distance hike or bike ride?

Yes. The WA government has removed restrictions on inter-regional travel. Travel will be permitted throughout Western Australia, including into the Kimberley region, pending the Commonwealth’s approval to remove the Biosecurity Area on June 5.

Please comply with the new travel restrictions, which mean the WA border remains closed to avoid non-essential travel.

Can I go on an overnight hike on the Bibbulmun or Munda Biddi Track?

The Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Track Huts have re-opened but social distancing restrictions should be observed, as should good hygiene. Please be prepared and take a tent with you to the campsites as the huts may be full.

 

Can I go camping in National Parks and Reserves?

Camping is allowed. Many commercial caravan parks and local government campgrounds are now re-opening. Seek advice from local land managers and businesses. The following advice applies to National Park campsites in WA:

  • Online campground bookings for Parks and Wildlife Service sites are now available here.
I’m an office holder for an outdoor recreation club, what are my obligations?

Sport and recreation venues can re-open subject to:

  • Completion of a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening. The COVID Safety Guidelines will assist you with completing the plan.
  • Display a COVID Safety Plan certificate (you’ll find this in the plan).
  • Implementation of the necessary safety requirements.

While these requirements may not apply to your club – we encourage you do consider how these guidelines and safety plan may adapted to manage club activities.

Can I participate in club activities?

Yes – as long as it meets the 100 person rule. You still need to observe social distancing rules (one metre between persons) when off the field and practice good hygiene at all times.

  • Hand hygiene remains the single best action individuals can take to reduce their risk of acquiring or spreading any infection. Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water.
  • Hand sanitisers should be freely accessible at all events and venues. Strategic placement may include at the entry/exit, and other high traffic areas.
  • Those coughing and sneezing should do so away from other people and into a tissue, or their elbow. Tissues should be disposed of immediately and hands washed thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your face and hair unless you have just washed/sanitised your hands.
  • Drink bottles should not be shared. Individuals should label their drink bottle and clean it in soap and water after each session.
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