COVID Safe Cricket – a Message from SACA

Please see the follow message below from SACA, RE state borders opening Tuesday, 23rd of November.

Dear Clubs and members,

We hope that you are enjoying the early stages of the cricket season and are navigating well around some inclement weather!

The Government of South Australian announced that the South Australian borders will be open from Tuesday 23 November 2021, to fully vaccinated people from all Australian states and territories (quarantine will apply to LGAs with community transmission and less than 80% of the population fully vaccinated).

The Government has confirmed that the current Level 1 restrictions (with some additional restrictions) will remain in place in South Australia (https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/activities-and-gatherings/current-activity-restrictions).

The Government has advised that we will have COVID-19 cases in the community and therefore it is critical that all cricket clubs and associations comply with the community sport restrictions outlined below.

Community Sport Restrictions*

  • All attendees at sporting matches, trainings or events must “check in” using the QR Code (which must be displayed by the Club in a prominent location).
  • Masks are required indoors and when physical distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Each sporting match, training or event must have a COVID Marshal.

Free online COVID Marshal training can be accessed here:https://marshal.clickontraining.com.au/.

  • Density requirements must be followed – refer to your COVID Safe Plan.
  • No physical contact – no high fives or shaking hands.
  • No sharing – strongly recommended against the sharing of cricket equipment and no sharing of food/drinks.

*Please refer to the SACA Return to Play website (https://www.saca.com.au/return-to-cricket/return-to-play) for a comprehensive list of restrictions and resources.

COVID-19 Vaccination

SACA encourages all players, coaches, umpires, officials and administrators aged over 12 to be vaccinated on the advice of your doctor.

There is no better time to protect yourself and your club.

Playing Conditions

Given that community COVID-19 cases are expected, it is highly likely that the scenario will arise where players are unavailable to participate in matches due to quarantine requirements. For example, a player (or players) who is vaccinated and defined as a close contact will need to quarantine for 7 days and cannot attend their local cricket match. SACA has prepared draft Playing Conditions to support Associations in navigating this likely challenge. Please contact your Cricket Manager directly if you require assistance in this regard.

Please contact your Cricket Manager if you have any queries. We appreciate your support in ensuring that our community is COVID safe, which provides the best opportunity for community cricket to continue.

Regards,
Shane Bernhardt
General Manager – Community Cricket
SACA

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