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Golf Australia Covid-19 Update

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November Update – Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities regarding complying with the Queensland easing of Covid-19 restrictions under Stage 5.

To view the Queensland Governments Stage 5 Changes to Restrictions please CLICK HERE

Shared Equipment
Although a number of restrictions have eased the requirements around shared equipment in the Covid Safe Plan – Outdoor Sports remain unchanged. As such Golf Australia’s recommendation is for Clubs to continue the use of these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation of shared equipment under current restrictions. A facility may choose to allow the removal of flagsticks, rakes in bunkers, NTP’s and score cards, however, this shared equipment needs to be washed or wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after each use.

Water Bubblers/taps

If your Club/Facility is considering using Water Bubbler/Taps you should first complete a risk assessment based on where the water bubblers are located and the ability of the Club to keep the bubblers sanitized, like other high touch surfaces located on the golf course.

If the Clubs/Facility decides to use Water bubblers, consider the following steps:

  • Ensure you promote BYO and or purchased Water Bottles as the first option for hydrating on course.
  • When using water bubblers consider the following communication/signage to players:
    • Water fountains/bubblers should only be used to refill personal water bottles.
    • Sanitize your hands prior to and after use.
    • Allow the water to run for a few seconds.
    • Do not allow the water bottle to contact the water fountain head or bubbler.

For further guidance on adherence to the Covid-Safe Plans, please Click Here to view Golf Australia Covid-19 Safe Plan Guidance- Stage 5 QLD

Further information on the Covid-19 restrictions for sport, recreation and fitness activities can be found at Queensland Return to Play

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

Golf Australia Update – Regarding Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Update – Regarding Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities regarding complying with the Queensland Stage 4 easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

We remind all Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities to please continue to adhere to the following:

Since Queensland progressed to Stage 4 easing of Covid-19 restrictions we have had a number of enquiries around shared equipment (i.e. Flagsticks and bunker rakes).  Following review of the updated Covid-safe plan – Outdoor Sports and discussions with Queensland Government, Golf Australia’s recommendation is for Clubs to continue the use of these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation of shared equipment under currect restrictions.

Where an event is outside of the scope or not solely covered by the Approved COVID Safe Plans for reasons such as but not limited to having larger than 500 people (indoor events) or 1000 people (outdoor events), read the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events which provides guidance on organising Covid Safe Events.

Further information on the Covid-19 restrictions for sport, recreation and fitness activities can be found at Queensland Return to Play

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

 

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities in response to the current COVID situation in South East Queensland.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done a fantastic job in providing a safe environment for our sport to be played, whilst recently there has been a number of new restrictions on gatherings in South East Queensland, the Chief Health Officer advises that at this stage, community sport can continue provided Industry Covid Safe Plans are adhered to.

We remind all Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities to please continue to adhere to the following:

  • Ensure you are operating and adhering to the Outdoor Sports COVID Safe Plan and that hygiene and sanitisation practices are implemented. Please Click Here to view Industry Covid-safe plan – Outdoor Sports
  • For further guidance on adherence to the Covid-Safe Plan Please Click Here to view Golf Australia Covid-19 Safe Plan Guidance- QLD
  • Continue promoting to your members and customers that if they are unwell, they should not participate or attend your Golf Club or facility.
  • Ensure the collection of ALL attendees contact details is occurring and can be provided to a public health official within the required 60 minutes of the request. Public Health Units across the State as well as Queensland Police have the ability to check-in and request information surrounding your club or association compliance any time.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had an increase in enquiries from Golf Clubs and members from across Queensland around the continued use of Covid-19 Local Rules. It is Golf Australia’s recommendation to use these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation.

Last week Golf Australia conducted the Men’s and Women’s Queensland Strokeplay and Amateur Championships on the Gold Coast, at these events the following local rules were in effect and we recommend Golf Clubs continue to use these local rules for all events:

  • A player may prefer their lie up to 1 scorecard length within a bunker. (Bunker rakes were removed from both venues)
  • The flagstick is to be left in the hole at all times.
  • A player must mark their own scorecard, with the marker to verbally attest their score. The scorecard must be signed by the player only.

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

Update Covid-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities Update from 5pm

Alert- QLD Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports

Further to the email sent out at 12.00pm today, the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports has been approved by the Queensland State Government.

Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor (Team) Sports
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/130204/industry-covid-safe-outdoor-sports.pdf

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

COVID-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland golf clubs and facilities regarding the Queensland Governments’ Stage 2 easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done an amazing job in managing the strict restrictions in place due to COVID-19 which has allowed many golfers to have access the game they love through these extraordinary times. Golf Australia and our clubs/facilities must ensure that the Queensland Government requirements continue to be met to ensure that the risk of transmission continues to be minimised.

COVID Safe Industry Plans

From Friday 5 June, golf clubs and facilities operating under an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan will be allowed up to 20 patrons in multiple defined areas.

There is no need for golf clubs and facilities to prepare and lodge with government an individual COVID Safe Plans. Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports
    1. This Plan is awaiting approval. Please continue to check- COVID Safe Industry Plan

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

Statement of Compliance- https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/129927/Statement-of-compliance.pdf
Motorised Golf Buggies

Golf Australia has received confirmation from the Chief Health Officer through the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that effective immediately motorised buggies can be used in the same manner they were prior to the Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect, this includes two people sharing a cart that are not from the same household. Golf Clubs and Facilities are required to ensure motorised buggies are adequately cleaned and disinfected before each use.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

COVID-19 Stage 2 FAQ’s

FAQ SHEET-CLICK HERE

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

Qld Sport and Recreation COVID Safe Restart Funding

 

Queensland Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $51.3 million to help local clubs re-start through a number of options:

$14 million COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart – funding to purchase hygiene supplies, products, training or equipment to allow them to return to play, this funding can also be used for operational needs such as utilities and bills. This will see up to 7000 clubs receiving grants of up to $2000.

$15.5 million Active Restart infrastructure Recovery Fund – grants for minor works and support up to 3000 clubs to purchase revenue generating equipment to help them return to play.

$11 million FairPlay vouchers – vouchers of up to $150 for around 73,000 young Queenslanders to participate in physical activity opportunities and support families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

For more information: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/funding-grants

Golf Australia Clubs and facilities Support is offering professional grant writing assistance to help clubs secure this funding.

Please contact David Webber, Clubs and Facilities Support Manager-QLD- davidw@golf.org.au 0498 498 242

May 15, Stage 1 – Covid-19 Guidance from Golf Australia

May 15, Stage 1- COVID-19 Guidance

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has released the latest closure direction on non-essential business, activity and undertaking. This commences at 11.59pm tonight (Friday 15 May 2020) and provides important advice for Queensland licensees.

Queensland Health has also released a Q&A document that relates to this updated direction.

To assist further, please find below common Q&A’s that relate to stage 1 easing of restrictions for liquor and gaming licensees.

Q&A Sheet

Please remember, if you intend to offer seated dining this weekend, you must review your Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Plan to incorporate COVID-19 risks and complete the COVID-19 Safe Checklist. You must conduct your business in compliance with the Plan and Checklist. Both documents must be publicly displayed at your venue.

Golf Speciific Safe Plan Guidance can be found here. Golf can be played in groups of 4’s.

At this stage it is still 1 person per cart, unless in the same household. We have contacted QLD Health for further clarification.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,

Luke Bates- QLD State Manager                David Webber- Clubs and Facilities Support

0439 780 677                                               0498 498 242

Information sourced from email from Golf Australia for our member clubs

Golf Australia COVID-19 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,
Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions.  Click “More info” to view.
More Info
Based on the Queensland Justice Departments advice, Golf Australia has developed COVID-19 Safe Plan guidelines and recommendations for clubs and facilities within Queensland during the easing of restrictions which includes golf to be played in groups of 4 from May 16.

The guidance covers:

  • Compulsory golf club/facility COVID-19 Safe Plans and Checklists
  • Golf Operations
  • Facility Management
  • General Considerations
The Queensland COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance document can be viewed by clicking “Guidelines”
Guidelines
The COVID-19 crisis has been the most difficult challenge our industry has faced in many years. Golf Australia remains committed to working with clubs and facilities across the state to ensure that our industry rebounds as one that is vibrant and strong. We will continue to make available to clubs and facilities assistance through our Clubs and Facilities Support program, and work closely with industry partners such as the PGA of Australia, GMA and the Australian Sports Turf Management Association to ensure these offerings meet the needs of all of our clubs and facilities.
Industrial Relations advice:

For specific Industrial Relations advice, please contact Clubs Queensland. If your Golf Club or Facility is not a member and requires advice, please contact Golf Australia Club Support on clubsupport@golf.org.au.

For further information from the Federal Government on COVID-19, the Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

Golf Australia contact:

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact Golf Australia on (03) 9626 5000 or clubsupport@golf.org.au.

Kind regards,

Information supplied to all Queensland Clubs via email – all information is owned and distributed by Golf Australia