Bike SA Policy Surrounding COVID-19
Bike SA’s position in relation to COVID-19 and events, ride groups and active recreation.
The National Cabinet has imposed restrictions on non-essential social gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).
From 11 May 2020, any sport may recommence, provided that the following requirements and recommendations are observed and followed.
- Be outdoors
- Permit up to 10 participants in a group + 1 coach/instructor
- Be non-contact
- For contact sports: be limited to non-contact skills training
- Minimise use of shared equipment and facilities
- Limit the total numbers of additional people present, for example, up to 1 parent/carer per participant
- Minimise unnecessary co-mingling
- Encourage good hygiene, offer hand sanitiser at entrance and exit
- Ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises
- Implement signage/markings to support compliance with current restrictions and advice
- Refer to the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for Rebooting Sport for further guidance
Read the latest information regarding the Sports Recovery Step 1 in the Sports Section of the Recovery from COVID-19 website.
In South Australia, the total number of persons participating in outdoor sporting and recreational activities, boot camps and personal training sessions cannot exceed 10 people plus one coach and cannot exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.
These enhanced measures build on existing measures to slow the virus and save lives:
- Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Restrictions on entering aged care homes to protect older Australians.
The Office for Recreation and Sport strongly encourages South Australians to be active on the proviso that sport and recreational activities meet the requirements above, as outlined by the Federal Government. ORSR urge South Australians to continue to play sport and participate in recreational activities, particularly outdoors and in well ventilated areas.
Bike SA is reviewing the situation daily and will continue to provide up-to-date information to the community and ride groups.
Our Rides Programme is a state-wide free ride program delivered by our Ride Leaders. We have advised Ride groups that they are free to cancel their regular rides until further notice. If they wish to continue to deliver rides, then they must limit the number of riders per group to 10 and the gathering must not exceed one person per 4 square metres before, during and after the ride.
As of March 19, Bike SA has decided to cancel or postpone the following events;
- Easter Cycle – cancelled
- Maintenance courses – cancelled until further notice
- Grand Slam Series;
- March 29 cancelled
- May 24 cancelled
- Dirty Weekend 24 Hour – postponed, date to be determined
Importantly, to help minimise the risks of COVID-19 spreading within your cycling community;
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick or have a low grade fever (greater than 37.3 degrees). If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies.
- Self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from overseas or interstate.
- Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
- Don’t wear a face mask if you are well.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- Get the flu shot (available April).
- Shaking hands is not advisable.
We all have an important role to play in helping keep members, group members, families fans and visitors healthy by encouraging them to practice good hygiene.
There are a range of resources available to download from the SA Health website. If you are concerned, please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.