COVID-19 & SAINTS UPDATES

COVID-19 Updated 23/06/21 2:30pm

Dear Saints Family,

 Released by: The Premier, Minister for Health and Medical Research

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney from 4 pm today for one week.

Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the following restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour;

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people); 
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;
  • Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced;
  • If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.

These restrictions are designed to reduce the risk of further community transmission.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said we are once again asking the community to do what they do best and follow the health advice to get on top of this outbreak.

“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know the effect this will have on residents and venues but we must take this action now to ensure we keep on top of this outbreak.”

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant urged the community to play their part in controlling the COVID spread.

“We need really high testing rates to make sure we’re stopping any chains of transmission and we’re continuing to urge people to come forward for testing, especially if you were in Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June,” Dr Chant said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said more than ever people need to use QR codes and wear masks when required.

“We will be increasing supervision and compliance checks to make sure everyone is doing the right thing,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This pandemic is far from over and we all have to do our bit to protect the community.”

The government and health experts will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updated information and advice.

We acknowledge your sporting organisations, clubs and associations may have questions regarding the impact of these restrictions on sport and recreation activities.

The Office of Sport will provide further updates on this page once the Public Health Order is released later today.

Given the dynamic nature of this situation, organisations are also encouraged to stay up to date on NSW Government advice at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Regards

BNSW COVID-19 Response Team

COVID-19 Updated 06/05/21 1:15pm

Dear Saints Family,

Given the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, COVID-19 restrictions will be temporarily tightened across Greater Sydney.

The following measures will be effective from midday today, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children
  • masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)
  • drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time
  • visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.

Advice for Community Sport Activities
The Office of Sport has sought clarification from NSW Health and can advise the following information relating to community sport and recreation activities at indoor venues:

· People attending indoor venues are required to wear a mask. This includes indoor recreation facilities, gyms and pools.

· People engaging in exercise or physical activity at all indoor venues (i.e. training or competing) will not be required to wear a mask while engaging in the activity.

· Spectators WILL be required to wear a mask at indoor venues.

· The mask-wearing requirement will not apply to:

  •  a person aged 12 years or under and/or
  • a person with a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a fitted face-covering unsuitable including, for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma.

Further information will be published on the Office of Sport’s COVID-19 webpage as it becomes available.

We ask that you disseminate this information to your stakeholders.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community safe.

  • All coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask for competition games – NO MASK, NO ENTRY
  • PLAYERS are NOT required to wear masks
  • Our spectator rules remain the same – 2 SPECTATORS allowed in per player

It is also strongly recommended the community avoids mingling in large groups over the coming days, and is careful not to put our most vulnerable at risk.

Games scheduled will still go ahead as planned.

COVID-19 Updated 15/03/21 5:56pm

Dear Saints Family,

Below is the most recent information to where COVID cases have been confirmed. Please review and act accordingly. Facility is being reported as low-risk.

Games scheduled will still go ahead as planned.

St George Basketball Biosafety Hygiene Protocols – RETURN TO BASKETBALL – ALL TEAMS must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and understand failure to abide by these guidelines and conditions of entry will result in removal from the activity and sent home.

Basketball Competition BioSafety Rules

Team Summary Information

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these times.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 2/3/21 12:18pm

Dear Saints Family,

Just an update with Grand Finals occurring this week, we are allowing 2 spectators per player which includes siblings. All spectators must register via venue QR Code.

COVID-19 Resources

St George Basketball Biosafety Hygiene Protocols – RETURN TO BASKETBALL – ALL TEAMS must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and understand failure to abide by these guidelines and conditions of entry will result in removal from the activity and sent home.

Basketball Competition BioSafety Rules

Team Summary Information

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these times.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 1/2/21 1:39pm

Dear Saints Family,

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Just an update with competition returning this coming week rules for spectators is 1 per player no exemptions & all spectators must register via venue QR Code.

COVID-19 Resources

St George Basketball Biosafety Hygiene Protocols – RETURN TO BASKETBALL – ALL TEAMS must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and understand failure to abide by these guidelines and conditions of entry will result in removal from the activity and sent home.

Basketball Competition BioSafety Rules

Team Summary Information

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these times.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 10/8 10:00pm

Dear Saints Family,

COVID-19 Resources

St George Basketball Biosafety Hygiene Protocols – RETURN TO BASKETBALL – ALL TEAMS must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and understand failure to abide by these guidelines and conditions of entry will result in removal from the activity and sent home.

Basketball Competition BioSafety Rules

Team Summary Information

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these times.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 17/7 9:27am

Dear Saints Family,

We understand that there is some nervousness considering how close we are to the COVID hotspots in Sydney and some cases that have been identified nearby. 

However, we are relying on you our members to do the right things by the community and if you have attended any of the below venues/ businesses that you get yourself tested for COVID-19 and adhere to the 14-day self-isolation protocols. We also strongly recommend that if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with anyone with COVID please reframe from coming to the stadium all together. 

Below is the most recent information to where COVID cases have been confirmed. Please review and act accordingly.

Crossroads Hotel and Planet Fitness in Casula, and Picton Hotel in Picton

If you attended the Crossroads Hotel or Planet Fitness in Casula, or the Picton Hotel in Picton on the dates below:

• Immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last there

• Get tested even if you have no symptoms

• Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur 

• Even if you get a negative test, you must stay in isolation for 14 days (this is because it can take 14 days before you may show symptoms or test positive).

Location Dates

Casula: Crossroads Hotel Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July

Casula: Planet Fitness Saturday 4 July to Friday 10 July

Picton: Picton Hotel Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July

Have you been to any of these locations?

If you attended any of the following locations on the dates below, watch for COVID-19 symptoms.

If symptoms occur, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Location Dates

Belfield: Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza: 8pm – 9:20pm on Friday 10 July

Belmore: Canterbury Leagues Club: 11pm on Saturday 4 July to 1am on Sunday 5 July

Bowral: Woolworths: 12pm – 9pm on Saturday 11 July and 

12pm – 9pm on Sunday 12 July

Brighton Le Sands: Hurricanes Grill 6pm – 9pm on Saturday 11 July

Campbelltown: Bavarian Macarthur 7:30pm – 9pm on Saturday 11 July

Campbelltown: Macarthur Tavern 9:15pm on Saturday 11 July to 12:40am on Sunday 12 July

Campbelltown: West Leagues Club 8pm on Friday 10 July to 12am on Saturday 11 July and 12am – 2:30am on Sunday 12 July

Caringbah: Highfield 6pm – 9pm on Sunday 5 July

Casula: Kmart (Casula Mall) 5pm on Friday 10 July to 12am on Saturday 11 July

Kurnell: Cook @ Kurnell 11:30am – 12:30pm on Sunday 5 July

Merimbula: RSL Club 6pm – 9pm on Monday 6 July

Merimbula: The Waterfront Café 8:30am – 9:30am on Tuesday 7 July

Murray Downs: Golf & Country Club: Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July

Narellan Town Centre: Kmart, Target, Best & Less, H&M and food court: Monday 6 July

Revesby: Bankstown YMCA 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 9 July and 8am – 12pm on Saturday 11 July

Parramatta: Milky Lane 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 11 July

Pyrmont: Star City Casino: 8pm – 10:30pm on Saturday 4 July

Villawood: Zone Bowling 11am – 3pm on Saturday 27 June

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes and updates.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these times.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 23/6 5:00pm

Dear Saints Family,

Thank you to all for your patience and understanding during these times.

St George Basketball New Local Competition is officially back. Registrations portal will be opened in the coming days if you need to renew.

Please reserve your position for Term 3 Development Programs. Bookings are essential please check Development Tab for commencement dates.  

RETURN TO BASKETBALL | HYGIENE PROTOCOL

Hygiene Protocol will be implemented as we return:

1. Stay home if you are unwell

2. Arrive on time, leave promptly

3. Temperature Checks

4. Hand hygiene on entry and exit

5. Maintain 1.5m social distance where possible

 We are very excited to see everyone back at St George!

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 12/6 4:34pm

Dear Saints Family,

The restrictions from the Office of Sport and NSW Government are lifted as of 1st July, but St George Basketball isn’t back on court as of July 1st.

St George Basketball Association is currently working through the details and will be in touch regarding the resumption of all our programs and competitions.

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes and updates.

RETURN TO BASKETBALL | HYGIENE PROTOCOL

As restrictions begin to ease and we start to make our Return to Basketball, St George Basketball Association wants to emphasise the Hygiene Protocol which will be implemented as we return:

1. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE UNWELL. 

2. ARRIVE ON TIME, LEAVE PROMPTLY.

3. HAND HYGIENE ON ENTRY AND EXIT.

4. MAINTAIN 1.5M SOCIAL DISTANCE WHERE POSSIBLE.

5. CLEAN EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER USE.

As always, our primary focus is on protecting our members health and safety.

We appreciate your continued patience and hope to see you all playing again soon.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 2/5

Dear Saints Family,

St George Basketball welcomes the announcement from NSW Government  regarding community sport.

Over the coming days BNSW and the NSW government will provide us more detailed information on what this actually means for our Association and a possible resumption in basketball activity.

In regards to junior and senior reps for 2020 Anna has contacted all teams, coaches and players in regards to information forwarded from Basketball NSW.

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

As always, our primary focus is on protecting our members health and safety.

We appreciate your continued patience and hope to see you all playing again soon.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 24/5

Dear Saints Family,

Today Basketball Australia released guidelines for the return to the Sport of Basketball. We are waiting for NSW Government approval to restart in NSW.

We are looking forward to sharing the BNSW plan with you shortly and ask for your continued patience and understanding while we work within the guidelines and restrictions to provide a controlled sports environment for a safe return to our sport.

We’re all in this together. Let’s be safe and let’s support each other!

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 8/5

Dear Saints Family,

Thankyou to you all for your continued efforts and patience as we continue to adapt to this rapidly evolving situation. We hope that you and your families are all safe, well and in good spirits during these unprecedented times.

Since our last correspondence it still remains as of Wednesday 18th March 5:22pm, all BNSW Representative games, Saints Representative training, Development Programs (Aussie Hoops, Learn To Play, Saints Squad, U10’s mini dragons competitions, Saint Dribblers, Train for the Game) sessions are CANCELLED until further notice. New Winter Local Competition postponed until further notice.

In relation to your registrations and impact of suspended competitions we are waiting on a directive from Basketball NSW. We hope to provide you with their advice and how this will impact you, if your registration has expired, renewal options or if you have recently purchased a registration and where you stand in annual duration during COVID-19.

The commencement date for the Representative season for both Juniors and Seniors has yet to be scheduled via Basketball NSW. The structure of the draw has yet to be released nor do we know if the season will be extended to later in the year to make up for the suspended period. As soon as we know we will send out correspondence to all players, parents and coaches.

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

We are also working on ideas to engage you through Facebook and Instagram over the coming weeks, until we can get back into the stadium and enjoy basketball as we know it. We have our exciting St George Basketball NBA 2k20 Tournament beginning in the coming weeks.

Our parent bodies, Basketball Australia and Basketball NSW, are encouraging all to download the COVIDSafe app and as a protective measure for the community and as way to help us get back on the court. Saints Basketball supports this measure the COVIDSafe app is on board.

Finally, I would also like to call on our community to support our community. For many years local businesses have supported our association. During this difficult time, if possible, please support our local businesses to ensure that when normality returns our community returns stronger.

On behalf of the Board and staff, we sincerely thank you for your continued patience, cooperation and understanding. Please stay healthy, make sure you take care of yourselves and your family and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to basketball when this issue has been resolved.

We can’t wait to get back to chanting “When The Saints Go Marching In”.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball

COVID-19 Updates 18/3

Dear Saints Family,

Coronavirus / COVID-19 is causing understandable concern throughout the wider community, and we wanted to let you know the steps Saints are taking to ensure the safety of our community during this issue.

As of Wednesday 18th March 5:22pm, all BNSW Representative games, Saints Representative training, Development Programs (Aussie Hoops, Learn To Play, Saints Squad, U10’s mini dragons competitions, Saint Dribblers, Train for the Game) sessions are CANCELLED until further notice.

New Winter Local Competition postponed until further notice

Information about coronavirus changes by the day and we are following advice from NSW Health, the World Health Organisation and Basketball NSW. Please check these sites for further information, as well checking the Saints website and social media daily for any changes to this advice.

Exclusions: 

  • If you have traveled or transited through mainland China, Italy, Iran or South Korea in the last 14 days please isolate yourself from others for 14 days from the day you left
  • Anyone with cold or flu symptoms are being asked to stay at home.
  • Please exclude yourself if you have had close contact with anyone confirmed to have contracted the virus.
  • Students who attend any of the schools currently closed due to COVID-19 confirmed case are unable to attend until exclusions are notified.

Hygiene

  • All members are being asked to wash their hands frequently, not to touch their faces and to cough into their elbows or into a tissue (before disposing of it). 
  • Please do not shake hands and limit physical contact
  • Please do not share drink bottles, whistles, uniforms or anything else that may contribute to the spread of this virus
  • Please ensure that you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

How Can You Help?

Please stay healthy, make sure you take care of yourselves and your family and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to basketball when this issue has been resolved.

Sincerely,
Valerie Stoddart
General Manager
St George Basketball