Archery NSW Position on Resumption of Archery

Archery NSW continues to monitor government advice regarding resumption of archery.  While NSW Health Guidelines encourage sporting clubs and organisations to continue to allow people to exercise, these activities must adhere to the Public Health Orders including public gatherings of no more than two people. 

If an archery club reopens at this stage, even with restrictions, fines may be applied for breaches of Public Health Orders.  Based on the advice of NSW Health, Archery NSW does not support the reopening of NSW archery clubs at this stage.

Individual clubs have the right to decide if and when they reopen, regardless of the Archery Australia and Archery NSW position.  We encourage clubs to review Government guidelines and consider the safety of their archers, and contact their local Council for advice, before making such decisions.

Failure to comply with both the latest State and Federal Government Guidelines surrounding COVID-19 will have implications on the insurance coverage provided by Archery Australia and may leave clubs and archers liable to government penalties.

Guidelines for Clubs To Reopen

If clubs to decide to reopen against the advice of Archery NSW, we encourage them to follow the below guidelines. 

  • To help with 1.5 m physical distancing procedures:
    • An archer cannot touch another archer’s equipment
    • Only one archer per target, unless they are of the same household
    • Only every second lane should be in use to further encourage physical distancing
    • No field archery is permitted unless in groups of one archer per target
    • Clubhouses should not be open, unless they are needed to access toilets
    • A roster should be established, where available, to ensure large groups do not occur
  • Only outdoor club activity can operate, no indoor archery activities are currently permitted.
  • Hand sanitiser should be made available at each club.
  • Archers should practice safe hygiene at all times, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds before and after any archery activity.
  • No archery tournaments, QRE’s or planned events are currently permitted (excluding online shooting competitions).
  • Do not hang around on the club grounds, once shooting or maintenance is finished you should leave
  • Parents/guardians are allowed to stay on the range to supervise children, however they must adhere to the physical distancing measures
  • The responsibility lies with individual Archery Club and members to ensure they are fully aware of and compliant with their own State Government legislation, Federal Government Legislation and any RGB advice. 

For the safety of archers and the whole community, clubs along with Archery NSW, reserve the right to suspend an individual’s membership if they are putting the safety of others at risk. 

Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our whole community. Small numbers of COVID-19 cases can grow rapidly and we do not want archery to contribute to a second wave. Please follow the guidelines above when reopening clubs. 

Archery NSW encourages archers to download the COVIDSafe app however we respect the choice of individual archers in doing so. You can download it here

Guidelines for Archers

We encourage all archers to follow the NSW Health physical distancing procedures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw soiled tissues in the bin and clean your hands with soap and water or sanitiser. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces each day.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Avoid crowds if possible. If not, keep the time short.
  • Attempt to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people where possible.
  • Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.
  • Visit shops sparingly, buy food online, consider home delivery and take-aways.
  • Use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example Opal cards on public transport).
  • Use public transport in off-peak periods if you can

For more information please consult the NSW Health Website here.    

 There is currently no talk of resuming competitions any time soon. Archery NSW has postponed state level events to later in the year in hope these can go ahead. 

While COVID-19 restrictions are easing across NSW, our archery clubs are not back to normal just yet. Please contact the clubs for more information on their restrictions.