Archery NSW is excited to announce from Saturday, 13 June group maximums for outdoor, non-contact sports will be increased to 20 people.
NSW clubs have been able to reopen since early May under restrictions and we are pleased to see more people are now able to enjoy shooting at the same time.
It is essential when June 13 comes and more people are allowed to train at clubs, that the 1.5m physical distancing and good hygiene practices are continued.
It is important until June 13, you follow the current procedures of no more than 10 people in groups and other guidelines here.
When lifting restrictions at your club, you must follow the current COVID-19 Public Health Orders, and manage risks to volunteers and other people in accordance with Work Health and Safety laws.
You can download a number of signs and posters here to remind people about physical distancing and good hygiene practices.
Guidelines To Follow From June 13
- 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
- No field archery is permitted unless in groups of two archer per target and shooting alternatively (keep a 1.5 metre distance when scoring and walking between targets)
- A roster should be established, through a program such as Archery’s Diary, to ensure large groups do not occur
- 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 well being 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.
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.
NSW Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee, said “Sport is the lifeblood of our community and it gives me great pleasure to say adult sports can return to their competitions at the same time as 18 years and under.”
Previously, it was announced just under 18s sport competitions could commence from July 1. Archery NSW is thrilled this has now been extended to the whole community.
Archery Australia has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 National Indoor Championships. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly however as it was unknown if restrictions would be lifted enough for all RGB’s to compete and on the basis of fairness, it has been cancelled.
Archery NSW is working with host clubs to reschedule the Metropolitan Championships and State Short Course. We will continue to work with clubs in order to reschedule competitions when the calendar allows. Currently there is no fixed date by Archery Australia for when competitions will resume and therefore these events and others may need to be cancelled outright depending on how the COVID-19 situation progresses.
Update: We previously stated the increase would occur from July 1. After seeking clarification, the increase to 20 per group is happening from June 13, 2020.