Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates
23 March 2020
In a press conference held yesterday (22 March 2020) the Prime Minister announced Stage 1 restrictions to the following facilities as of midday today (23 March 2020):
- Pubs, registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
- Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
The full media statement can be found here
Gymnastics Queensland acknowledges the new restrictions imposed by the Federal Government on Sunday 22 March, 2020 and recognise that this decision will result in gymnastics clubs across the country having to shut their doors for the foreseeable future.
Gymnastics Australia and State/Territory Associations are working closely to support our clubs and members as they navigate this challenging and difficult time.
We want to acknowledge our clubs, who have gone above and beyond over the last few weeks to keep their gyms open and enjoyable for their members and for adhering to the strict health and hygiene guidelines asked of them.
Gymnastics Australia and State/Territory Associations support the strict new guidelines imposed by the Federal Government as necessary to help keep all Australians safe from Coronavirus.
Gymnastics Queensland is very aware of the hardship facing all our clubs following this announcement. We are committed to supporting our clubs and members as we navigate this uncertain time. Gymnastics Queensland’s board will meet again this week to determine what other steps can be made to assist our clubs during this time.
We encourage our members and the wider community to remain vigilant in their daily lives and continue to listen to what the medical professionals and relevant government authorities are asking of us all.
We will continue to provide updates to our clubs and members via our website and social media pages as news comes to hand.
If anyone has any questions about their specific club or program, please feel free to contact the Gymnastics Queensland team.
23 March 2020
The Queensland Government on Tuesday 17th March put out an expression of interest for Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans.
This scheme is available to assist Queensland businesses and non-profit organisations who have been financially affected by COVID-19 to retain employees and maintain their operations.
You can read more about the loan and register your expression of interest here.
20 March 2020
The Australian Government has today advised the nation of new social distancing measures which will likely have an impact on gymnastics classes.
The Prime Minister has announced that for gatherings of less 100 people, there should be four square metres provided per person within an enclosed space (two meters by two meters). The example he gave was that “for example, if you've got a room, if you've got a premises, if you've got a meeting room or something like that, that's 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room.” In a gymnastics context, if your club was to have 99 people in your gym at one time, your venue would have to be at least 396 metres or larger. We would ask that all clubs take this into consideration when running classes.
19 March 2020
As of the 18th March, the Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. The guidelines states, "Settings like gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools are not required to close at this time providing they meet these requirements for social distancing and hand hygiene."
Read the statement here.
18 March 2020
The Board of Gymnastics Queensland, in light of recent restrictions enforced by the state and federal governments regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), have made the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel the upcoming Senior State Championship Events and all Queensland sanctioned events and education courses between now and the 31st May 2020.
Event refunds will be provided to all clubs within the next couple of weeks. Education courses, where possible, will be postponed to a later date this year. Gymnastics Queensland will be in contact with registered candidates with further details and options available to them.
The decision was made with the health and wellbeing of our gymnastics community as the number one priority. It is regrettable that this will impact upon our hard-working clubs, athletes and coaches.
These cancellations do not affect the day-to-day operations of our Gymnastics Clubs. Our affiliated Clubs will continue to operate business as usual. Clubs will continue to monitor and follow the advice issued by the Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19.
Your understanding during this difficult time is appreciated.
17 March 2020
Following Gymnastics Australia’s decision to cancel the 2020 Australian Gymnastics Championships in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Board of Gymnastics Queensland is meeting tonight to discuss the 2020 Senior State Championships and other sanctioned events in Queensland over the next few months. Communication will be issued tomorrow regarding these events.
At this stage, Gymnastics Queensland continues to advise our clubs that they monitor and follow the advice issued by the Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/…/conditions/he…/coronavirus-covid-19.