The NSW Government has announced that the stay-at-home orders that were put in place on Saturday, 26 June 2021, across all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour will be extended until 12:01am on Saturday, 28 August 2021.
Therefore, all football activities within Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain suspended until 12:01am on Saturday, 28 August 2021.
What does this mean for Football in those areas?
- All games, training and other football activities remain prohibited;
- All Football NSW and Association competitions and leagues will remain suspended until 12:01am on Saturday, 28 August 2021; and
- Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by Football NSW and, therefore, the Personal Accident insurance cover that is provided as part of a player’s registration may not apply.
What does this mean for Football outside of those areas?
- Community football can continue under Covid-19 safe conditions including having only one person per four square metres;
- Anyone attending football matches or training must wear a mask;
- People may remove their mask only for strenuous physical exercise (e.g. to warm up, train, play or referee), or when eating or drinking, and must put their masks back on at all other times, including spectators, coaches, managers, substitutes etc.; and
- Similar to earlier orders, there are other exemptions that apply including for children under 12, people with autism or intellectual disabilities and other health conditions.
We are in regular contact with relevant government agencies, and we are all committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times.
Our next scheduled meeting with the Minister for Sport is on Thursday 5 August 2021.
Please stay strong in these tough times, we understand your disappointment, we want to get back to playing, watching and enjoying the game we love as soon as restrictions ease.