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Return to COVID-19: News and Updates

Easing of Restrictions (QLD Government)

Queensland Return to PlayFACT SHEET: UPDATE ON RETURN TO PLAY (May 14)

FACT SHEET: UPDATE ON RETURN TO PLAY

Outdoor recreation plays an integral role in keeping Queenslanders fit and active.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to enjoy the outdoors and over the next few months, there will be opportunities to re-introduce physical activity in our communities.
Change is coming for Queenslanders.

Following on from the National Cabinet meeting on 8 May, the Queensland Government will provide a staged approach to phase in sport and recreation over the coming months. We will work hard to help community sporting and outdoor activity clubs and organisations restart, while also keeping Queenslanders healthy and safe

Roadmap to easing restrictions (May 8)Keeping your workplace safe, clean and healthy during COVID-19

Keeping your workplace safe, clean and healthy during COVID-19

Workers
You must take reasonable care for your own health and safety and the health and safety of others in your workplace. You must co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure that relates to health or safety at the workplace.

Employers
You must take action to protect workers and others at the workplace from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes implementing the public health measures issued by health authorities including Queensland Health and the Australian Government Department of Health. It is vital that you consult with and communicate with workers and their health and safety representatives (HSRs) on workplace measures to address COVID-19.

Put in place a plan to respond to COVID-19 and to any directives issued by Queensland Health—this should include infection prevention and control policies and procedures, safe systems of work, how workers and their HSRs will be consulted, and how you will monitor and update your plan as public health information changes. Consult with workers on the plan and display it clearly in the workplace. Consultation with workers, and, where applicable their representative, is required at each step of the risk management process.

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COVID-19 and Sporting Activity (AIS)

COVID-19 and Sporting Activity

AIS framework for reboot

The Australian Institute of Sport, partnering with the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is committed to providing the National High Performance Sports System with timely, evidence-based information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that recognises the unique concerns and context associated with high performance sport.

AIS framework for reboot

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the resumption of sport and recreation activities

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the resumption of sport and recreation activities

AHPPC recognised the importance of the resumption of sport and recreation to Australian society emerging from the COVID-19 environment, and the many health, economic, social and cultural benefits sport provides.

AHPPC was firm that the resumption of sport and recreation activity at any level must not compromise the health of individuals or the community, and must be based on objective health information to ensure potential transmission rates are conducive to the safe conduct of sport and recreation.

COVID-19 – A Framework for Decision Making (Scotland)

COVID-19 – A Framework for Decision Making

Scotland’s Approach

Our challenge therefore is to work out if and how we can continue to suppress it and minimise its harms, while restoring some semblance of normality to our everyday lives.
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

The impact on Scotland has been profound. Every life has been affected. No
individual, community or business has been untouched, and for many that has meant real and possibly long-lasting hardship. But the response from the Scottish people has been equally profound. Despite the cost to business and society, we have complied with restrictions and thereby reduced the pressure on our health and social care services, and saved lives.

That response reflects the core values of our National Performance Framework:
kindness; dignity; compassion; respect for the rule of law; openness and
transparency. It also aligns with our overarching commitment to human rights,
equality and social justice. In confronting the threat posed by COVID-19, we are determined that no member of Scottish society will be forgotten or left behind.

It is clear that we cannot immediately return to how things were just over 100 days ago. But it is equally clear we cannot stay in complete lockdown indefinitely, because we know that this brings damaging consequences of its own. So we must adapt to a new reality. With scientists around the world working on vaccines and treatments that are still potentially many months away, we need to find a way to live with this virus and minimise its harms. We need to ensure, that as far as we can, our children are educated, that businesses can reopen, and that society can function. But we must ensure that those things happen while we continue to suppress the spread of the virus.

While it is obvious that government cannot guarantee that no-one will become
infected with this virus in future, we are clear that an assumption that there is a proportion or section of the population that it is safe or acceptable to allow to be infected forms no part of the Scottish Government’s policy or approach.

Every individual member of Scottish society matters and our entire strategy is
focused on preventing every avoidable death. There is no such thing as a level of “acceptable loss”. That is an approach which reflects our commitment to
safeguarding human rights and upholding human dignity. It is the ethically correct approach to take. And it reflects the caring, compassionate and inclusive ethos of Scottish society.

Our objective is to contain and suppress the virus in order to minimise the harm it can do.

Our challenge is to consider if and how we can achieve that objective while restoring as much normality to everyday life as possible.

Although the decisions on if, when, and how to ease restrictions must be made by government, they cannot be made in isolation. We are listening to the best scientific advice and will apply our best judgements to that. We must also listen to the people of Scotland. Transparency and engagement is fundamental. This document sets out the situation as we understand it, and the principles on which we will base our decisions to ease the current restrictions or, should it become necessary to prevent harm to re-impose or further tighten restrictions.

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Outdoor Council of Australia

Compiling a COVID–19 Management Plan

Compiling a COVID–19 Management Plan

This guide is to assist outdoor sector associations and businesses to develop an organisation’s COVID-19 Management Plan. A templated table is provided to enable organisations to formulate a response to deal with risks in an active COVID19 environment. This template is to be used in conjunction with the Principles detailed in the “Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA) Framework”;

Outdoor Council Of Australia (OCA) Framework for Rebooting Outdoor Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

Outdoor Council Of Australia (OCA) Framework for Rebooting Outdoor Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

Although there appears to have been an increase in individual participation in outdoor activities in Australia since March 2020 in local urban areas, there has been a dramatic and disruptive shut-down of group outdoor activities provided by organisations.

Many people participate in outdoor activities that are delivered in many situations other than individual participation. This includes adventure therapy, tourism, community group recreation, school and other education settings. Each of these forums plays an equally important role in contributing to the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of Australians. The benefits of led outdoor experiences and of being in nature are extremely well documented. Research shows that participation in outdoor experiences with others and the connection with nature decreases a person’s anxiety and increases social connection. In particular with the significant increase and reliance on screen time and home schooling outdoor activities provide an ideal way of socially reintegrating children, increasing the connection to education, and addressing the stresses and strains that have come from social isolation.

It is also important to point out that it is relatively easy to maintain the current physical distancing norms while undertaking most outdoor activities

Research

How Australians are responding to COVID-19 (McCrindle)

How Australians are responding to COVID-19

Two great reports from Analyse Australia (McCrindle)

From how we shop to how we work, engage in community, learn, educate, contribute and lead, COVID-19 and our response is marking a significant societal shift, the impacts of which will be felt even after the virus is kept under control.

COVID-19 turned the world upside down seemingly overnight. 2020 was a year that held so much promise yet plans and aspirations for the year feel like they have been put on hold or blindsided. These moments in history can bring out the best or worst in society. Positively, amidst these unprecedented times, we have seen the resilience, generosity and strength of the Australian spirit and community come to the fore.

Adventure Travel Trade Association

Adventure Travel Guidelines

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) has released their COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for three adventure activities – trekking, biking, and rafting – as well as one overarching guideline for the industry, all created in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic.

Additionally, seven adventure activities will be decided and guidelines created by the end of July.  There is no cost for anyone in the tourism industry to access and use these guidelines, thanks to ATTA and its contributors.

These guidelines provide a path to an organized and safe reopening for the adventure industry by providing a common set of actions that can be used by a diverse pool of travel businesses and suppliers across the industry supply chain.

To download the following resources, go to ATTA COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Adventure Travel COVID-19: Health & Safety Guidelines
  • Trekking amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Cycling amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Rafting amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Camping (inc. Food Prep in the field) amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Culinary Experiences amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Cultural Tours & Sightseeing amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Small Lodges amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Small Vessels Cruising amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Skiing & Snowboarding amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Wildlife Safaris amid COVID-19: Recommendations
  • Adventure Travel COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool

So you are thinking about traveling again and want to make sure you’re going to be safe?

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