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Junior sport, gyms, dance studios and indoor pools back from July 1

LOCAL gyms, yoga, indoor pools and dance studios can re-open within a fortnight and junior community sport can resume across NSW from 1 July, as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced on Tuesday.

Mr Marshall thanked the community for its patience while the government worked through its COVID-19 recovery plan, which was built around health advice.

“I am really proud of the way the people right across our region have followed the health advice and played their part to squash the curve to such a point where we can now see the re-introduction of junior sport and open gyms,” Mr Marshall said.

“Sport and exercise boosts morale and this is exactly what we need right now.”

Mr Marshall said he was committed to doing all he could to get as many people back to work and back into community activities as quickly and safely as possible.

“Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times and following a safety plan is key to keeping people safe,” he said.

“A COVID-19 safety plan will need to be in place but the re-opening of junior sporting competitions from 1 July will give groups and local councils, which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes. 

“Sport plays such an important role for communities across country NSW, so I am pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume.”

From 13 June, the following will be allowed:

  • Fitness, gymnasiums, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to 10 people per class and 100 people in an indoor venue;
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen;
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can also reopen with restricted numbers; and
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.

The four square metre rule must be applied at all times.

Community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July. A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.

Meanwhile, Moree Artesian Aquatic centre will be closed for the long weekend.

“Given the recent announcements for the reopening of gyms with restrictions on June 13, pending the advice from the Government we will look at reopening operations, including artesian pools, around this time,” A MAAC spokesperson said.

Media Release: June 2, 2020