Resumption of MTB Activities

Resumption of MTB Activities

Guidelines for the Resumption of Mountain Bike Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

Posted on 20.05.2020

As the nation moves towards a relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions for sport and active recreation, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) have developed (national) Guidelines for the Resumption of Mountain Bike Activities in a COVID-19 Environment (the MTBA Guidelines) to assist clubs and members with the resumption of mountain bike activities. The MTBA Guidelines address key elements within the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment (the AIS Framework) and the Outdoor Council of Australia Framework for Rebooting Outdoor Activities in a COVID-19 Environment (the OCA Framework), and the National Principles outlined in each.

It is important to note the MTBA Guidelines must be read in conjunction with the AIS and/or OCA Framework and decisions about resumption of mountain bike activities must take place with careful reference to the National Principles therein and following close consultation with Federal, State/Territory and/or Local Public Health Authorities, as relevant. It is important for clubs and members to check the latest directives issued by the relevant State/Territory or Local Governments for specific directions.

Both the AIS and OCA Frameworks outline a staged approach (Levels A, B, C) to resumption of sport and outdoor activities, to ensure the safety of riders, participants, support personnel and the wider community. The level a club and state/territory are at can vary from between states/territories and even between clubs. MTBA agrees that the priority at all times must be to preserve public health, minimising the risk of community transmission. Cooperation is needed from all clubs, members, the broader riding community and outdoor educators in operating within these guidelines and continuing to adopt good hygiene practices and physical distancing directives.

The MTBA Guidelines focus on racing, recreational and social riding, training and coaching and instruction. Providers of group mountain bike activities under the Australian Adventure Activity Standards are recommended to follow the baseline standards outlined in the OCA Framework and to read the framework in conjunction with the AIS Framework.

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