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15 MAY 2020

Message from Minister for Sport & Recreation Mick Murray

Good morning all,

Please find attached comprehensive information on phase two of the easing of restrictions and how this will impact the sport and recreation sector. This includes:

This information addresses many of the questions that have been raised by sports over the last week – such as the meaning of ‘minimal shared equipment’ and the division of outdoor spaces – and can be passed onto your affiliated clubs and their members. Thank you for your patience while we compiled this information and these FAQs – I hope you can find answers to all of the questions you may have within these comprehensive documents.

I would also recommend all organisations consult the State of Emergency Declaration once it is published, which will embody the information within the documents attached and will be the ultimate document used for the enforcement of these new restrictions. This will be available here once published: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-state-of-emergency-declarations

One thing I do want to clarify is the COVID Safety Plan requirement – while clubs and sporting organisations may elect to complete a COVID Safety Plan, the completion of these plans is only compulsory for organisation or business that controls or operates a venue that was required to close under earlier directives (e.g. a private operator of an indoor sporting facility, a local government that hires an indoor court to a club).  

I understand some sport and recreation organisations may be disappointed by the extent to which they are able to resume – but I can assure you these decisions have been made in line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, and ensure we resume activities in a slow and controlled way that protects the health and safety of the community. I understand that restrictions relating to sports are expected to be relaxed further as part of Phase 3, which will be finalised in the coming weeks, and I have passed on the feedback I have already received from industry for consideration as part of this process.

I hope this information is of assistance – and I look forward to seeing the doors of many indoor sporting facilities open again on Monday.

Thank you,

Minister Mick Murray