Bike SA Policy Surrounding COVID-19
Bike SA’s position in relation to COVID-19 and events, ride groups and active recreation.
The Federal Government has made a number of announcements regarding coronavirus, which will have an impact on sport and recreation for South Australians:
- All non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been suspended.
- All non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 continue to be suspended (this remains the same after the Federal Government’s declaration made on Monday, 16 March).
- A travel ban has been put in place – Australians are not allowed to travel overseas for an indefinite period.
- Domestic travel is low risk and can still go ahead.
- Schools will remain open.
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.
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 postponed until further notice
- Dirty Weekend 24 Hour – postponed, date to be determined (including MTBA solo 24 Hour National Championships)
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 Bike SA suggests limiting the number of riders per group to 10 and to ensure as much as practicable, that riders maintain a 1.5m distance from each other before, during and after the ride.
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.
- 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.
- Getthe flu shot (available April).
- Shaking hands is not advisable.
- If you are feeling unwell, avoid attending public gatherings or events.
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.