Return to Cricket Update - Thursday 11 November 2021

From Monday 8 November 2021, new rules are in place which will impact community cricket around NSW.

These rules are part of the NSW Public Health Order and are the law in NSW for the immediate future.


Unvaccinated NSW residents

The new Public Health Order makes clear that people who are not fully vaccinated cannot participate in community sport until 15 December 2021, or when the state passes the 95% fully vaccinated rate, whichever comes sooner.


Outdoor cricket activities (community sport and recreation)

• An outdoor public gathering is now permitted to have up to 1,000 people without being required to follow a COVID-19 Safety Plan, provided there is space to accommodate 1 person per 2 square metres.

* This includes community sport and recreation activities.

* Only fully vaccinated adults, children under 16 years of age, and people with a valid medical contraindication certificate are permitted to attend.

• This means there is no longer a requirement to implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan or QR codes to check in for outdoor community cricket matches or training when there are fewer than 1,000 people in attendance.

• QR code check-ins are now optional, and individuals can make their own decision about whether or not to complete the sign-in process

• For further information, refer to the Office of Sport website.


Responsibility for ensuring unvaccinated people do not participate

• Following these changes, where there is not a requirement to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan, the onus on ensuring that unvaccinated people aged 16 and over do not participate rests with the individual themselves, and not with volunteers, team officials or anyone else.

• Unvaccinated individuals participating in community sport before 15 December 2021 are breaking NSW law.

• The NSW Government is retaining these rules because:

"the proportion of the total population in New South Wales that remains unvaccinated is significant enough to represent a substantial risk and burden from infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the community, in particular the risk and burden is from and among people who remain unvaccinated because these people are more likely to be infected, more at risk of severe illness and death resulting from infection with SARS-CoV-2, and more likely to transmit the infection to others, than fully vaccinated people."

• Unvaccinated individuals participating in community sport before 15 December 2021 are not only breaking the law but also placing other participants at greater risk of catching COVID-19.


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