Sport and Active Recreation sector

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Steps to the new normal business restart

The NT Government has created steps to help you restart your business while managing your safety responsibilities around coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must a have COVID-19 Safety Plan to show how you will meet your requirements around the key principles of physical distancing and hygiene practices.

Read more about the steps to restart.

Easing of restrictions, stages

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is taking incremental steps towards easing restrictions put in place to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). A three stage process has been outlined for the resumption of sport and active recreation activities in the NT.

1 May 2020 Stage 1 – allows for individual type activities, ensuring physical distancing

Stage 1 restrictions easing at midday 15 May 2020.

15 May 2020 Stage 2 – allows for all sport and active recreation with no physical contact and physical distancing principles

Physical distancing principles:

  • A minimum space of 1.5 metres between you and other people who aren’t known to you.
  • If you need to be facing another person and closer than 1.5 metres apart minimise contact to less than 15 minutes.
  • From midday 15 May 2020, all sport and active recreation activities with no physical contact, may resume where individuals can also meet the 1.5m physical distancing principles.
  • Indoor activities should be kept to less than 2 hours where individuals can meet the 1.5m physical distancing principles.
  • Operate or attend a studio that provides yoga, pilates, zumba, barre, dance classes subject to physical distancing principles.
  • Operate or attend physical training activities indoors such as cross fit or a gymnasium.
  • All sports and active recreation organisations (e.g swimming clubs, gyms, ball sports clubs, equestrian clubs, firearms organisations) resuming need to complete and submit the COVID-19 checklist for sport and active recreation organisations, before commencing. Get the checklist on the coronavirus website.
  • Clubhouses and facilities where food and beverages are consumed or shared may resume, subject to completion of the COVID-19 checklist for food businesses, before commencing. Get the checklist on the coronavirus website.
  • Competitions can occur on the basis that they do not bring together spectators, and would normally meet the 1.5m physical distancing principles.
  • Competitions that bring together spectators cannot occur until Stage 3.

Sport specific questions and answers have been prepared to assist Sport and Active Recreation stakeholders. See the questions and answers section below.

5 June 2020 Stage 3 – allows for organised competitions for all sports

From midday Friday 5 June 2020, Stage 3 allows for all sport and active recreation organisations to:

  • Resume training, competition and support of all sports, including those that have contact or collision, such as rugby league, judo, football, basketball, soccer and netball etc, provided they have submitted a COVID-19 checklist for sport and active recreation organisations.
  • Enable sport competitions that bring together spectators to resume.
  • Allow spectators to attend an arena, stadium or sporting facility including community and sporting competitions in an approved seating configuration (to be determined as part of your COVID-19 checklist for sport and active recreation organisations). However, if spectators are above 500 people the event requires a separately approved COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Questions and answers

The following Q&As have been prepared to assist the sport and active recreation sector.

Sport and Active Recreation sector and COVID-19 Questions and Answers PDF (289.5 KB)
Sport and Active Recreation sector and COVID-19 Questions and Answers DOCX (78.5 KB)

For more information on coronavirus go to the coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

COVID Response Working Group

The COVID Response Working Group and guide the recovery plan for Territory sport and active recreation.

Find out more about the COVID Response Working Group.

Funding Assistance

The Northern Territory Government has reprioritised $1.3 million towards a Sport and Active Recreation Response and Resilience Program. ​

The program has been categorised into four areas aiming to support the sport and active recreation community through the national impacts of COVID-19.

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