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When COVID-19 lockdowns and border restrictions are eased as vaccination rates increase across Australia, there are questions raised on how we continue to manage our sport to provide, wherever possible, a “COVID Safe” venue for our events.
We already implement and are familiar with the wearing of masks, washing hands and social distancing, but it is inevitable that new practices will develop such as those being implemented by an increasing number of major sporting venues and events across the world.
Many overseas venues now require participants – Officials, volunteers, competitors, and spectators – to show COVID status before entering a venue, either in the form of proof of both vaccinations (a Vaccination passport) or providing a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of entering the venue.
This trend is already being adopted locally as sporting organisations, promoters and venue operators work with various government and health authorities to plan major sporting events. Therefore, we all have to expect that a “no jab/negative test, no entry” system is a realistic option for major events to be conducted in Australia next year.
MA is not, at this point, suggesting any sort of vaccination policy be implemented at MA-permitted events, rather this is a timely message that there will be venues, promoters and/or Clubs who will develop their own COVID-safe policies that may incorporate vaccination/testing restrictions to access the properties/venues hosting MA-permitted events.
If you are an Official or volunteer currently involved in or planning to participate in MA-permitted events, you should be aware of any vaccination conditions and the documentation that you might be required to produce to gain entry into or return from the state / territory / region / local government area where the event will be held, or to gain entry to the venue.
If you are not vaccinated and intend to participate in an MA-permitted event, you should make yourself aware of the venue operator’s / promoter’s COVID-safe policy, and the availability and timing limitations (2nd injection) of acquiring complete vaccination.
In all cases, seek information from promoters and venue operators well ahead of events to allow adequate time for solutions to be implemented.