COVID-19: Advice to Clubs

27 August 2021

Some fantastic news today, with the announcement of the restrictions for the 11 LGAs in South East Queensland lifting to match the rest of Queensland.

This means that from 4pm Friday 27 August, restrictions will be eased in the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim). These areas will now be in line with the rest of Queensland, adhering to Stage 3 restrictions outlined here.

Key changes are increasing to 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events OR 1 person per 2m2 indoors. Importantly, masks will remain as a requirement when indoors at all times unless you are eating/drinking while seated.

No restrictions on outdoor events, however you are encouraged to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance.

Please ensure you understand the restrictions to which you are required to comply with specific to your situation and venue, using the COVID Safe Checklist as per the Queensland Government’s direction. If you have any questions, please speak with your venue owner/operator or email us.

Current Restrictions, Documents & Resources

Previous Updates

  • 20 August 2021: Restrictions eased.
  • Great news today, with the announcement of some changes to the LGAs currently impacted by tightened restrictions.

    What does this mean?

    From 4pm Friday 20 August to 4pm Friday 27 August 2021, restrictions will be eased in the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim). These areas will adhere to Stage 2 restrictions as outlined here. Importantly, community sport can resume in full including training and competition, with spectators in line with indoor and outdoor event requirements (75% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events and outdoor events OR 1 per 4m2 indoors and 1 person per 2m2 outdoors).

    Also, from 4pm Friday 20 August 2021, restrictions for Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will have the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland. These can be seen here. Of note, 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events OR 1 person per 2m2 indoors. No restrictions on outdoor events, however you are encouraged to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance.

    Please ensure you understand the restrictions to which you are required to comply with specific to your situation and venue, using the COVID Safe Checklist as per the Queensland Government’s direction. If you have any questions, please speak with your venue owner/operator or email us.

  • 10 August: Statement from Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance
  • The Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance (QAIA) was convened in early 2020 as lockdowns emerged in QLD. The QAIA comprises representatives from industry organisations, local government authority and facilities including ALFAQ, ASCTA, ASSA, AUSTSWIM, Brisbane City Council, City Venue Management, Royal Life Saving Society Queensland and Swimming Queensland.

     

    QAIA have worked continuously with the state government to ensure aquatic facilities, learn to swim and aquatic sport can reopen as soon as safely possible after each lockdown with the least amount of restrictions possible.

     

    The Queensland government have appreciated working with one group that represents the aquatic industry. As a result, QAIA have been able to provide Queensland government with information and confidence that the aquatic industry can operate safely under COVID safe checklist. This has resulted in the ability for pools and associated activity to reopen early and with the least possible restrictions.

     

    With the southeast Queensland lockdown ending on Sunday 8 August the QAIA worked with Queensland government to ensure swim schools and learn to swim, hydrotherapy, recreational activities and aquatic exercise can resume immediately. This is reflected in the Restrictions for Impacted Areas (No. 12) (SEQ eased restrictions Stage 1) Direction.

     

    Direction 12 provides clarity that indoor and outdoor swimming pools can reopen for rehabilitation, learn to swim and recreational purposes with restrictions like physical distancing out of the pool and occupancy density for shared indoor spaces. However, some activities including organised team sport are not permitted.

     

    Each individual facility and operator will need to determine when and how they reopen subject to COVID safe plans and other considerations including third party provider requirements, community sentiment and financial viability.

     

    Additionally, in light of The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) releasing a statement to the Sport and Recreation industry, confirming that operators can return community sport to their venues as it fits the definition of commercial business, therefore our interpretation is that squad training can return under the following guidelines.

     

    Squad training programs to be conducted with adherence to all of the following conditions adapted from the communications received from DTIS:

    • swimmers will be in groups of a maximum of 10 with no physical contact between participants;
    • participants will physically distance themselves through use of lane spacing, cycle times starts and finishes and lane ropes;
    • venue density requirements are followed;
    • swimmers will wear masks to and from training and at all times outside of the water;
    • swimmers will only use their own equipment and no sharing of equipment will be permitted;
    • swimmers will sign in using QLD govt contact tracing app at each training session
    • no structured competitions to occur

    If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact your pool owner / operator.

  • 9 August 2021: 11 LGA Restrictions
  • COVID Update: 9 August 2021

    With the new Directive and associated information now published by the Qld Government, we can provide clarity on the implications of the restrictions in place for the 11 LGAs in South East Queensland.

    The new restrictions are effective from 4pm Sunday 8 August until 4pm Sunday 22 August, with the key message relevant to our Affiliated Swimming Clubs and Members being that organised sport of any description including community, club and recreational sport is not permitted to operate. This includes for training and competition*.

    As restricted businesses, indoor and outdoor pools are able to open, following the relevant density limits and other measures as outlined in Schedule 3 of the Restrictions for Impacted Areas (No 12) SEQ Eased Restrictions Stage 1. Therefore, while organised sport is unable to proceed, an individual may access these venues for rehabilitation and exercise, subject to the venue and individuals complying with physical distancing out of the pool and occupant density for any shared indoor spaces such as change rooms.

    * Of note, the directive states a school may continue to hold school sports training and competition with students participating from the same school. However, we are aware that the Department of Education has outlined restrictions for their schools who must operate under this Framework.

    We understand this is a difficult time for the 11 LGAs impacted, however, given the current situation around the country, it is a positive step that the lockdown has been able to lift. The restrictions in place are not new to Queensland, we experienced this same level with community sport off limits in Stage 1 last year.

    As we have all experienced over the last 18 months, there are going to be times where the restrictions in place might seem counterintuitive and not make sense to us all. It is important to understand that it is an imperfect situation, and we must do our best to comply with the restrictions, guidance, and advice in place at any given time as directed by Qld Health and the Qld Government.

    With no community sport for the next two weeks, in addition to the lockdown prior, we are now continuing discussions to seek appropriate future dates for the postponed 2021 Queensland Short Course Championships. As soon as a decision is made, we will provide this information widely.

    Thanks
    SQ

  • 2 August 2021: Lockdown SEQ
  • As announced 2 August, lock down for South East Queensland will continue until 4pm Sunday 8 August for the below 11 LGAS.

    • City of Brisbane
    • Moreton Bay Reginal Council
    • City of Gold Coast
    • City of Ipswich
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Logan City
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • Redland City
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Somerset Regional Council
    • Sunshine Coast Reginal Council
  • 29 July 2021: Restrictions Continue SEQ
  • As announced 29th July, restrictions for South East Queensland will continue for a further 7 days, due to lift at 6am 6 August.

      

    South East Queensland will continue operating as impacted areas and includes 11 LGAs:

    • City of Brisbane
    • Moreton Bay Reginal Council
    • City of Gold Coast
    • City of Ipswich
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Logan City
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • Redland City
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Somerset Regional Council
    • Sunshine Coast Reginal Council
  • 15 July 2021: Restrictions continue for SE Qld
  • As announced 15 July, restrictions for South East Queensland will continue for a further 7 days, due to lift at 6am 23 July.

     

    However, restrictions will ease as planned from 6am Friday 16 July for Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island who will continue in line with the restrictions currently in place for the rest of Queensland.

      

    South East Queensland will continue operating as impacted areas and includes 11 LGAs:

    • City of Brisbane
    • Moreton Bay Reginal Council
    • City of Gold Coast
    • City of Ipswich
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Logan City
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • Redland City
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Somerset Regional Council
    • Sunshine Coast Reginal Council

     

    To understand in full the requirements for continuing activities in the impacted areas, please read the relevant information on this page, noting indoor and outdoor events are able to go ahead in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist – Impacted Areas.

     

    The below information listed in the accordion has been updated to reflect the latest changes, however, we encourage you to keep up to date with the Queensland Health website as more information becomes available.

     

    Swimming Queensland will continue to monitor and communicate as this situation evolves and if you have any questions, please email us.

  • 3 July 2021: Lockdown lifting
  • As announced 3 July, lockdown restrictions for City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay region Local Government Areas (LGAs) will be lifted at 6pm Saturday 3 July.

     

    This means that the Brisbane Preparation Meets scheduled for Sunday July 4 will go ahead as planned, as well as other upcoming meets.

     

    Please note, additional measures will remain in place for the 13 LGAs impacted by the recent lockdowns, until 5:59pm on Friday 16 July. To understand in full the requirements for resuming activities in the impacted areas, please read the relevant information on this page, noting indoor and outdoor events are able to go ahead in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist – Impacted Areas.

  • 25 June 2021: New phase of roadmap
  • As at 1am, Friday 25 June, Queensland has entered a new phase of eased restrictions.

     

    The new Directive includes a significant easing for indoor pools and events and continues with outdoor based businesses, activities and undertakings being unrestricted. As we are about to enter the new season, this is a big win for our sport!

     

    As per the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 20), the below are key points in relation to Swimming Clubs operating out of outdoor venues/pools:

    • Continue as a non-restricted business, activity or undertaking.
    • Food is now allowed to be via self-service (e.g. buffet style).
    • A non-restricted business, activity or undertaking may otherwise operate as normal, with physical distancing and public health controls observed.
    • For clarity, ‘physical distancing’ includes remaining at least 1.5m away from other persons to the extent possible.
    • Public health controls include environmental cleaning, hygiene measures, regular washing of hands, availability of hand sanitiser and avoiding handshaking.
    • Outdoor events are not required to have a COVID Safe Checklist.
    • Occupant density and the requirement to collect contact information does not apply for outdoor events.
    • Occupant density requirements apply to any indoor spaces being used, including change rooms and the like with 3 people per 4 square metres.

     

    For Swimming Clubs operating out of indoor venues/pools, the below key points apply:

    • There is no longer a requirement for restricted businesses to operate under a COVID Safe Industry Plan (i.e. Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry Plan).
    • All indoor activities may continue to operate in accordance with the new and simplified COVID Safe Checklist, with any indoor events complying with the new COVID Safe Event Checklist.
    • The Checklist outlines the control measures that need to be implemented and a signed copy must be displayed at the business premises.
    • Occupant density of 3 people per 4 square metres for all indoor spaces. This can be exceeded if all attendees are in ticketed and allocated seating. 
    • Ticketed and allocated seating means fixed seating where an attendee has a record of their assigned seat by way of a ticket and remains in this assigned seat to the extent possible while at the venue or event.
    • Collection of contact information must occur at the time of entry by:
      • Use of the Check In Qld app; or
      • Registering each attendee through the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app.
    • Contact information as mentioned above is not required if
      • The attendee is younger than 16 years and is not accompanied by a parent or adult who can provide information on their behalf; or
      • The person is entering in an emergency or to provide emergency services; or
      • It is not reasonable to collect the information due to a risk to a person’s safety.
    • Use of the Check In Qld app is mandatory from 1am Friday 9 July.
    • The revoked COVID Safe Industry Plans are available for reference, should you wish to implement some, or all, of the measures in the plans. However, it should be noted that compliance with these plans is no longer mandatory.

     

    We have now worked through the implications for swim meets held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, and will have further information regarding the new processes in place very soon. This information will also be made available on the event pages of the respective websites for Brisbane Swimming and Swimming Queensland events.

     

    SQ will continue to monitor any changes and updates will be made via social media as well as this COVID Advice to Clubs webpage. Please find all the relevant important links below.

  • 28 April 2021: Significant easing for outdoor
  • On Thursday 15 April, Queensland entered a new phase of restrictions including a significant easing with all restrictions previously in place for outdoor based businesses, activities and undertakings now removed. Acknowledging we are at the end of the 20/21 season, this is a big win for the vast majority of our Swimming Clubs!

     

    Use the accordion below to view the current restrictions in place for clubs operating out of indoor and outdoor pools/venues. While restrictions are only mandatory for those operating indoor, anyone can choose to continue to apply any COVID-Safe measures as an extra precaution (e.g. contact tracing). The key documents and resources have been updated to reflect the recent Directive and all clubs are welcome to utilise these.

     

    We are continuing to work through the implications for larger indoor events, specifically swim meets held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, and will have further information regarding this prior to our first event of the 21/22 season.

    Further, the Queensland Government launched the Check in Qld app earlier this year, to help keep Queenslanders COVID Safe and SQ are getting on board!
     
    From 1 July, 2021 the previously issued EVA Check In QR Codes will become invalid, so we are encouraging our Clubs and Regions to make the switch over the coming weeks. By using the Check In Qld app Queensland will have a convenient, coordinated and effective way to keep COVID safe.
     
    There are many benefits of the app, including:

    Venues using the app do not need to store their members’ information. The data is stored securely by the Queensland Government and can be accessed directly by Queensland Health for contact tracing if needed.

    A great time-saver for your members as, after they use it for the first time, it remembers their details for easy check-in for any subsequent visit and across other venues using the Check In Qld app.

    It is free to register and use the Check In Qld app, and so easy to use!

  • 15 April 2021: Queensland Enters New Phase
  • As at 6am, Thursday 15 April, Queensland has entered a new phase of restrictions with masks no longer required, among other changes.

     

    The new Directive includes a significant easing with all restrictions previously in place for outdoor based businesses, activities and undertakings now removed. Acknowledging we are at the end of the season, this is a big win for the vast majority of our Swimming Clubs!

     

    As per the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 18), the below are key points in relation to Swimming Clubs operating out of outdoor venues/pools:

    • Now considered a non-restricted business, activity or undertaking.
    • A non-restricted business, activity or undertaking that serves food must not allow food to be served via self-service buffet.
    • A non-restricted business, activity or undertaking may otherwise operate as normal, with physical distancing observed and subject to any other applicable Public Health Directions that may apply from time to time.
    • For clarity, ‘physical distancing’ includes remaining at least 1.5m away from other persons where possible.
    • Outdoor events are not required to have a COVID-Safe Plan or Checklist.
    • Occupant density and the requirement to collect contact information does not apply for outdoor events.
    • Occupant density requirements apply to any indoor spaces being used, including change rooms and the like.

     

    For Swimming Clubs operating out of indoor venues/pools, the below key points apply:

    • Continue as a restricted business, activity or undertaking and must comply with the applicable restrictions in place.
    • All indoor activities, including competitions, may continue to operate in accordance with the approved Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry Plan.
    • Occupant density of 1 person per 2 square metres for all indoor spaces. Occupant density does not apply on the field of play (in the pool or immediate pool deck where coaches/officials are required in the case of a competition).
  • 21 January 2021: Greater Brisbane Restrictions Easing
  • Update: 21 January 2021

     

    The Queensland Premier has confirmed that from 1am Friday 22 January 2021 restrictions are easing for Greater Brisbane (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands). This brings Greater Brisbane back in line with the rest of Queensland.

     

    Please note, as of 12 January 2021, masks are now mandatory in all airports and on all flights as per the National Cabinet decision.

     

    If your Club is looking to run any activities, please refer to the SQ Club Event Guidelines below (Current Key Documents) for assistance in what COVID-Safe measures are required and reach out if you have any questions!

     

    View the current Roadmap here.

  • 11 January 2021: Greater Brisbane Restrictions
  • From 6PM, Monday 11 January 2021: Greater Brisbane Restrictions

    Restrictions for Greater Brisbane, as well as those who have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021, will be in place from 6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January.

    The Greater Brisbane region includes:

    • City of Brisbane
    • City of Ipswich
    • Logan City
    • Moreton Bay Region
    • Redland City

    People in Greater Brisbane, as well as those who have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021, are permitted to be outside their homes or accommodation for any purpose, subject to restrictions on gatherings, businesses and venues, and events.

    Read full details here.

    All other parts of Queensland can continue to operate as per the Club Event Guidelines below.

  • 20 November 2020: Stage 5 Changes
  • Friday 20 November 2020: Stage 5 Changes

    On Tuesday 17 November, there were a number of changes that came into effect.

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    Swimming Queensland will continue to work with the appropriate authorities and communicate any additional changes if/when they occur.

    New versions of the FAQ and Club Event Guidelines that reflect the most recent changes are now available below.

    If you have any questions, please email us.

  • 23 October 2020: New Club Event Guidelines and Resources
  • Friday 23 October 2020: New Club Event Guidelines and Resources

    Following recent announcements from the Queensland Government including updates to the Approved Industry Plans and rapidly changing Health Directives, we have now completed an overhaul of the documents and resources for Clubs.

    We're excited to share the new SQ Club Event Guidelines and associated resources which will assist our Clubs and Regions in resuming, or making adjustments to existing COVID-Safe events.

    Please remember that it is expected these current restrictions will be in place for some time, therefore, if your Club is organising any events this year (i.e. activities including but not limited to, training, combined training, club nights, presentation days, time trials, dual meets, championships, development, transition and preparation meets), it is important you read and follow our SQ Club Event Guidelines carefully.

    Below are all current documents and resources to assist clubs and regions in understanding and implementing all required measures to organise COVID-Safe events.

    Remember SQ are here to help, so please send us an email if you have any COVID questions!

  • 9 October 2020: UPDATED Complying with stage 4 restrictions
  • Update Friday, 9 October 2020: Complying with Stage 4 Restrictions

    On Friday, 2 October, new legislation came into effect (Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 7)) as part of the Queensland Government's Stage 4 Restrictions.

    In our last update (Tuesday, 6 October), we confirmed that we were waiting for the Queensland Government to release the updated Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre Industry Plan to determine how this new legislation and Stage 4 will impact our Clubs.

    We can confirm that the Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre Industry Plan has now been revised and remains the primary document for all club activities.

    Key Take Home Points

    • There are no changes to density or capacity requirements.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained out of the pool.

    There is one change related to the requirement to notify Queensland Health. For outdoor events only, if your event has 1000 or more people, you must notify your local public health unit a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event taking place (previously a notification had to occur for outdoor events with 500 or more). For indoor events, if your event has 500 or more people you must notify your local public health unit a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event taking place.

    For inter-club events, group segmentation must be considered (i.e. separate areas should be allocated to each club/group with 1.5m buffer zones between clubs/groups). Overall capacity is determined by adding up the capacity of each club/group area.

    Please keep in mind:

    • Your venue capacity is still your limiting factor, and
    • You must have a means of monitoring your attendance within that capacity (e.g. ticketing, pre-registration list).

    Please be reminded that:

    • It is a requirement for clubs hosting events to complete the Industry Plan Checklist.
    • It is a requirement for clubs hosting events to complete a Statement of Compliance (pg. 21 of Industry Plan).
    • SQ requires clubs to supply us with a copy of their Statement of Compliance.

    This is to help maintain the integrity of our sport and protection of members by clubs and regions confirming the appropriate COVID-Safe measures have been considered and applied.

  • 6 October 2020: Complying with the restrictions for Stage 4
  • Queensland’s new Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions outlines the staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings. Moving to Stage 4 further eases some of the restrictions currently impacting the sport, recreation and fitness industry.

     

    Industry COVID Safe Plans still play an integral role in the continuation of sport, recreation and fitness activities. When an Industry COVID Safe Plan exists, organisations must comply in order for standard activity to be conducted. For our sport, this is the Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry Plan.

     

    The Industry Plans and the Return to Play Guide are currently being updated by the Qld Government to the reflect the announcement of Stage 4. Once published, SQ will revise the Club Activity Guidelines and communicate relevant information for our Clubs.

     

    For more information on how the easing of restrictions will impact your organisation please review the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 7) which guides the return to play.

     

    If you have any questions regarding this information and update, please don't hesitate to contact support.qld@swimming.org.au.

  • 25 September 2020: Queensland Health’s announcement
  • Queensland Health’s announcement on Friday 25 September, outlined a number of changes, including increasing the number of attendees and outdoor stadium capacity and change to square metre rules.

    The increase in the number of attendees relates to events that operate under a COVID Safe Checklist; our sport operates under an Industry Plan, therefore this change doesn’t apply

    The increase in stadium capacity to 75% relates to designated stadiums only (like the Gabba, not club pools/venues), therefore this change doesn’t apply

    The change to square metre rules relates to businesses like outdoor dining, theme parks, and zoos, therefore this change doesn’t apply.

    All guidelines clubs have been working under using the Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre Industry COVID-safe Plan remain in place and Queensland Health have advised that this announcement will not change the Industry Plan at this stage.

    Venue capacity is calculated using the requirements in the Industry Plan and determines the limiting number of attendees at your event.

    This also does not change the requirement for organisers of events larger than 500 people and operating in compliance with an Approved Industry Plan to notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days before the event by emailing COVID-19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au

    For more information and support in developing Club COVID plans under the Industry Plan please email support.qld@swimming.org.au

  • 31 July 2020: New requirements for clubs
  • COVID-19 Advice to Clubs: As at 31 July, 2020

    New requirements for clubs when hosting any activities

    Our previous update on July 22nd provided information and links specifically related to COVID-Safe meets. Earlier this week, there have been further amendments to the approved Stage 3 Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Plan, as confirmed by Queensland Government.

    As a result, we have now compiled an updated comprehensive Swimming Queensland (SQ) Club Activity Guidelines, including additional resources, with information to assist our Clubs and Regions with all club activities.

    As we expect current guidelines and restrictions to be in place for some time, it’s important that if your Club is hosting any events this year (i.e. activities including but not limited to, training, combined training, club nights, presentation days, time trials, dual meets, championships, development, transition and preparation meets), it is important you read the information in this document carefully.

    Given a requirement for clubs hosting events is to complete the Industry Plan Checklist and Statement of Compliance, SQ requires clubs to supply us with a copy of their Statement of Compliance. This is to help maintain the integrity of our sport and protection of members by clubs and regions confirming the appropriate COVID-Safe measures have been considered and applied.

    This process, along with all other requirements are explained in full in the SQ Club Activity Guidelines to ensure our Clubs and Regions have all the required information to plan and operate all events in a COVID-Safe environment. It should be read in conjunction with the SQ Club Activity FAQ document. 

     

    In order to keep up to date with the current versions of COVID information, documents, resources, guidelines and FAQs, please continually refer to this page, rather than downloading the documents or using their direct link. If a hard copy is preferred, please ensure you regularly visit this page to check your hard copy is the current version.

     

    If you have any questions regarding this information and update, please email support.qld@swimming.org.au.

  • 22 July 2020: Swim Meets are Back
  • COVID-19 Advice to Clubs: As at 22 July 2020

    We made it - swim meets are back!

     

    All club events, i.e. activities including but not limited to, training, combined training, club nights, time trials, dual meets, championships, are permissible when complying with the approved Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Plan Stage 3. It is the responsibility of the event organiser to be primarily responsible for staging a COVID-safe event with the key principles and public health strategies implemented and monitored. All attendees have a level of responsibility for their own welfare, as well as that of others around them by following the instructions and restrictions in place when attending events. This includes providing contact details, assuring they are well and practicing good hygiene.

     

    As such, there are going to be differences in how events have been conducted in the past and it is important to read and understand all information provided to ensure the safety of all members and continual resumption of our sport.

     

    Want to host an event? To ensure compliance, ask these questions:

    1. Have you read and understood the SQ COVID-19 Club Activity/Meet Guidelines?
    2. Have you confirmed with your venue/facility if there are any considerations required outside of and/or on top of compliance with the Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Plan?
    3. Have you looked into the venue/facility capacity and considered the ability to comply with capacity limits, group management, contact tracing, event flow, physical distancing, cleaning & hygiene requirements for the event you are looking to run?
    4. Have you worked through the Checklist (p. 8-15) of the Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Plan, in conjunction with your venue where relevant?
    5. Have you completed the Industry Plan Checklist, signed and saved a copy, including your event map, Statement of Compliance and other event-relevant information, with the ability to produce it if/when asked by a compliance/enforcement officer?

    Want to attend an event? 

    In order to comply with Queensland Government regulations for the running of COVID Safe events, all attendees, including coaches, managers, officials, volunteers, spectators and swimmers, must read, understand and agree to comply with the documents below, prior to nominating and/or attending an event.

    • Meet Information for Attendees 
    • COVID-19 Terms and Conditions 

     

    If you have any questions related to this update, please email Jade Edmistone.

  • 3 July 2020: Stage 3 Update
  • COVID-19 Advice to Clubs: As at 3 July 2020

    With Queensland Premier announcing a move to Stage 3 effective 12 noon, July 3, there are now further easing of restrictions in place.

     

    The COVID Safe Industry Plans completed to date continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes guided by the following Principles:

    • Contact – full contact is permitted on the ‘field of play’ in line with pre-COVID contact activities. At all other times, participants, coaches, supervisors, officials, trainers, and spectators are to observe physical distancing requirements and undertake sound hygiene practices as detailed in the Plan.
       
    • Facility capacity – the total number of people to attend an activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of one person per two square metres for venues of 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50 people) and one person per four square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more. For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required. Risks will be managed through mandatory record keeping, through group segmentation and buffer zones as appropriate. Individual organisations and facility managers will be responsible for implementing these requirements in line with their relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
       
    • Facility usage – all elements of community sport, recreation and fitness facilities are accessible in line with relevant health guidelines and directives. This means facilities such as canteens, change rooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, bars will reopen and operating hours can also be amended. Industry Plans will detail how organisations will manage the use of ancillary facilities in relation to cleaning/sanitisation and flow of people within venues. All facility components will be operated in accordance with the relevant approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.
       
    • Events – such as championships, markets, carnivals and gala days can recommence. Organisations must ensure the relevant approvals are in place based on the number of people attending as seen in the Roadmap.
       
    • Stadia – strict social distancing measures and hygiene practices will remain central to COVID Safe Plans for stadia, in line with Public Health Directives. Crowd capacity will be up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser). Group segmentation and buffering measures will be used to reduce co-mingling. Public messaging will ensure that patrons are aware of all requirements during sporting events and concerts. COVID Safe Plans for stadia will address transport management for patrons travelling to and from venues, including alternatives to public transport.
       
    • Compliance with industry and stadia COVID Safe Plans – all activity is to be conducted in accordance with relevant Industry and Stadia COVID Safe Plans and Public Health Directives. This includes organisations detailing how all persons at the activity/facility will be tracked, and traced, including spectators.

    These principles are applied within the Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Stage 3 Plan, including the key points below.

     

    Capacity and Numbers

    • Indoor pools and areas 200 square metres or less: capacity limited to a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres (up to 50 persons at a time)
    • Indoor pools and areas more than 200 square metres: capacity limited to a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres
    • Outdoor pools and areas: capacity to be based on physical distancing requirements (1.5m)
    • Physical distancing while in the water is not required The above capacity requirements includes children accompanying parents as spectators. 

    Venue with Multiple Pools/Spaces

    • Increased emphasis on ensuring record keeping of who is where and when in a venue to allow for targeted Contract tracing and lessen numbers impacted in the case of a COVID case
    • Group separation to be considered as a risk management strategy to limit comingling. 

    Facility Communal Areas

    In Venue Competitions 

    • In Venue Competitions of Aquatic Sports e.g. Swimming and Water Polo, can resume with following restrictions:
      • Capacity and numbers as outlined in capacity and numbers above.
      • Physical distancing is to be maintained out of the pool. However physical distancing is not a requirement for participants whilst in the water.
      • All attendees, staff and any contractors contact details must be recorded at the outset of every competition and be retained for at least 56 days.

    Checklist

    • All elements of Stage 2 Checklist still in place with changes to numbers as outlined above.

     

    The complete approved Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVID Safe Stage 3 Plan can be found here.

     

    With the above guidelines now confirmed, planning for the upcoming 2020 Speedo Short Course Preparation & McDonald’s Queensland Short Course Championships (refer to event page), will be finalised and communicated over the coming weeks.

     

    If your Club is considering to resume Club Nights or other events and would like guidance, or if you have any questions related to this update, please email Jade Edmistone.

  • 18 June 2020: 2020 Competition Plan & Information Session
  • COVID-19 Advice to Clubs: As at 18 June 2020

    With Queensland Government set to move to Stage 3 from July 11 and likelihood of the approved Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry Plan to include eased restrictions that allow for modified club nights and competitions, Swimming Queensland feel it is now appropriate to provide an update to the 2020 competition calendar.

     

    Below is an outline of the proposed event dates for SQ and windows of opportunity for Region and Club level competitions. Please note, all dates are subject to government restrictions and based on the assumption there is a continuation in the easing of restrictions that will allow for this to proceed. It is important for each Club and Region to make decisions based on their individual circumstances. 

     

    Proposed Swimming Queensland Short Course Season

    1. Clubs within each Region window of opportunity to host Transition and Preparation Meets during the period of 15-30 August, 2020
       
    2. SQ Speedo SC Preparation Meet 29-30 August, 2020
       
    3. Regional SC Championships window of opportunity between 29 August and 13 September

    This is a suggested date range to get continuity across the State and only applicable where a Region would usually hold such an event. 

    1. SQ McDonald’s Queensland SC Championships 25-27 September, 2020

     

    Swimming Queensland Long Course Season (as per original dates published)

    1. LC Prep Meet #1, 10-11 October, 2020
       
    2. McDonald’s Queensland Open Water Championships, 17 October, 2020

    Please note, this event will not be held at Lake Kawana. Location will be determined closer to the date. It will include 2.5km for 12 years & over and 5km for 13 years & over only. 

    1. Medal Shots LC Prep Meet #2, 14-15 November, 2020
       
    2. McDonald’s Queensland Championships, 12-18 December, 2020

     

    It is important to reiterate that the above proposed dates are subject to restrictions being favourable to allow them to proceed. Further, for Clubs and Regions the dates above form guidelines and it will be up to each Club and Region to decide, based on their individual circumstances, what dates will be determined for any meets that go ahead.

     

    Swimming Queensland Coach Development Director, Drew McGregor, hosted an information session to help members understand the planned changes on Wednesday, 24 June at 11:00AM. This session focused on the amended short course meet dates and development activities and was open to all coaches, athletes, parent and committee members.

     

    Watch the recorded Information Session here.

     

    View the slides from the Information Session here.

     

    If you have any questions related to this update and information session, please email Jade Edmistone.

  • 11 June 2020: All information regarding the approved Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry Plan can be found here.
  • GREAT NEWS!!! – QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT ENDORSED RE-OPENING PLAN

     

    The newly formed QAIA, Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance (which includes Swimming Queensland and ASCTA) has successfully completed discussions with the Queensland Government to create an Industry COVID Safe Work Plan.

     

    The Queensland Government website has been updated with all relevant documents.

     

    What does this mean for you?

     

    If you’re operating a venue:

     

    Under this Industry COVID Safe Work Plan, Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centres may open with significantly improved operating arrangements provided they:

    1. Opt into the “Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVIDSafe Plan
    2. Review and tick off the “COVIDSafe Industry Checklist”
    3. Implement all relevant measures and keep the completed plan available on site
    4. Sign and display the “Statement of Compliance

     

    Please note, opt in is not mandatory.  If venues do not opt in, they may still open, but with significantly more restrictions, as per Queensland Health Directive

     

    Some venues may choose to remain closed at this time.

     

    If you’re a coach / club accessing a venue:

     

    If your venue has opted into the “Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVIDSafe Plan” then the eased restrictions are in effect.

     

    If your venue has not opted in, they may choose to remain closed, or open under significantly more restrictions, as per Queensland Health Directive.  

     

    The education department has confirmed (on 23 June, 2020) that school facilities for community use can resume beginning Term 3, which aligns with Stage 3 commencing on 10 July.

     

    Some key points from the “Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVIDSafe Plan”:

     

    • Venue with multiple pools/spaces - if a site has more than one pool and/or dedicated space, each pool/space should be defined by the operator and capacity limits and control measures to ensure compliance/risk mitigation for each area. Buffer zones should be in place between dedicated spaces and/or groups of 20. 
    • Hygiene, cleaning and social distancing requirements are outlined clearly in the checklist within the plan.
    • Contact information must be kept for customers (this includes children swimming and parents who are bringing their children for their lessons), workers and any contractors for a period of at least 56 days.
    • If the pool is indoor the total capacity of the venue for adult patrons including any spectators* or other groups within the venue needs to managed within the 1:4 metre squared. For the pool at this venue at any given time, adult patrons are restricted to 1:10 metre squared. The total in the pool and venue must not exceed the venue capacity. *if a child of any age is a spectator, they are to be included 
    • The plan distinguishes between 17 years and under (school age or younger patrons) and 18 years and over (adult patrons) and different restrictions apply to these two groups:
      • Patrons of school age or younger which use swimming pools and accompanying facilities for training, education and general use purposes may do so:
        • without a limit on the number of swimmers per lane or per pool. 
        • in a class with a teacher delivering instruction based on swimming ability. Swimming lessons require children being in a potentially dangerous environment (water), therefore requires a necessary ‘hands-on’ component of teaching by qualified swim teachers. As such, parameters around social distancing will not always be practical for in-water swimming lessons.
        • with a buffer zone enforced between areas with children and adults to avoid contact or mingling between groups whilst swimming.
        • with segregation between groups where squads have a mixture of school age and adult patrons.  These squads will need to be separated so that swimmers who are 18 years or older are not swimming in the same squad as school age and younger children.
      • Adult patrons have the following restrictions:
        • Indoor and outdoor pools have a capacity limited to a maximum of 1 person per 10 square metres of water surface area. 
        • Booking/Allocation systems will be in place to record details of patrons. This means their contact details as well as which space/area/lane they are using for contact tracing purposes.
        • All indoor areas have a capacity limited to a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres of indoor space.
        • Outdoor open area space is limited to groups of 20 people for outdoor sporting-based activities, with no more than one person per 4 square metres and social distancing enforced. 
        • Group management with all groups limited to 20 people, as well as venue capacity limits and social distancing observed between groups.
        • Buffer zones enforced between areas with children and adults to avoid contact or mingling between groups whilst swimming.
        • Capacity limits refer to patron numbers in each pool or space. Appropriate staffing will be in place to ensure the safety of patrons is in line with Royal Lifesaving Australia Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations

     

    This plan was written to enable maximum flexibility for swimming programs and operators given the diversity of venue configurations and patrons. For clubs, this plan targets a resumption of training activities and not club nights or competitions.

     

    For example:

     

    If all patrons are school age or younger there is no limit on number per pool or lane. However, if the pool is indoors, the total capacity of the facility/venue based on 1:4 metre squared must be adhered to for any and all adult patrons (18 years & over) including those in the pool, spectators or other groups on site at any given time. If a child is on site as a spectator, they are included in the capacity limit count. Staff required for the safe running of activities (i.e. lifeguards, teachers etc.) are not included in this number.

     

    If all patrons are adults, the venue will calculate the capacity per pool (1:10). For example, a 25m pool with 6 lanes, 1.5m wide = 225m2. This means the capacity is 22 adult patrons.  In addition, the maximum group size is 20.  This means, if your pool capacity is more than 20 adult patrons, they must be split into different groups for contact tracing purposes and practice social distancing when static (i.e. different ends of the pool or lining up on the lane rope) with a buffer zone enforced between groups.

     

    If there is a mix of school age or younger and adult patrons in the same pool, a buffer zone of 1.5m (e.g. spare lane) must be enforced between groups.  The venue will determine the capacity according to the space allocated for adult patrons.  In addition, the max group size for adults is 20.  This means, if your pool size caters for more than 20 adult patrons, they must be split into different groups for contact tracing purposes and practice social distancing when static (i.e. different ends of the pool, lining up on the lane rope etc.).

     

     

    Pool configuration practical examples:

    • Pool size is 25 m with 8 x 1.5m wide lanes. This pool is outdoor.
      • Lanes 1-4 school age or younger swimming with no restriction on number per lane or group size
      • Lane 5 is a buffer zone
      • Lanes 6-8 adult patrons swimming, restricted to 11 patrons (3 x 1.5m x 25m  = 112.5 metres squared)
         
    • Pool size is 50m with 10 x 1.5m wide lanes and no bulkhead in place
      • Lanes 1-4 school age or younger swimming with no restriction on number per lane or group size
      • Lane 5 is a buffer zone
      • Lanes 6-10 adult patrons swimming, restricted to a max of 37 patrons.  This means, these 37 must be split into 2 groups for contact tracing purposes and practice social distancing when static (i.e. different ends of the pool, lining up on the lane rope etc.).
         
    • Pool size 50m with 10 x 1.5m wide lanes with a bulkhead to split into 2 x 25m pools
      • End 1
        • Lanes 1-10 school age or younger swimming with no restriction on number per lane or group size
      • End 2
        • Lanes 1-3 learn to swim lessons for children
        • Lane 4 is a buffer zone
        • Lanes 5-10 adult patrons swimming, restricted to a max of 22 adults. This means, these 22 must be split into 2 groups for contact tracing purposes and practice social distancing when static (i.e. stopping and starting at different times, stopping/coaching from different ends of the pool, lining up on the lane rope etc.)

     

    The Queensland Aquatic Industry Alliance have issued an FAQ with more detail and scenarios. This is also available in the link below.

     

    Of further note, the Aquatic Sport Sector Industry CovidSafe Plan has been approved.  For swimming, it aligns to the Swimming Pool & Aquatic Centre Industry COVIDSafe Plan mentioned above. 

     

    Swimming Queensland and ASCTA ran information sessions on June 8 and 9. If you were unable to attend these, a recording of this session and copy of the presentation slides can be viewed here:

     

    Return to Play Information Session - Slides

     

    Return to Play Information Session - Recording 

     

    Industry Plan FAQ

     

    Understanding that this is a lot of information to digest, if you have any questions after reading the plan and frequently asked questions, please feel free to contact SQ Club Development Officer, Jade Edmistone for further clarifications.

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