Essential considerations such as safety plans, hygiene and sanitisation and contact tracing.
1. Hygiene and Sanitation Guidance for Sport and Recreation Facilities
Any rugby club facilities that intend to open to members within Alert Level 3 and 2 must ensure they are protecting any visitors and minimising the risk of spread of infection.
Before you open your facility, you need to comply with the relevant Health and Safety requirements for COVID-19. This information can be found at the following website.
At all alert levels, clubs and facilities need to meet all public health guidelines. These include the following, although they may change over time:
- Regular disinfecting of surfaces.
- Encouraging good hand hygiene by allowing frequent hand washing and sanitising.
- Not permitting unwell people within your facility.
- Meeting physical distancing requirements.
Read more on our website around hygiene, food and drink, equipment and cleaning tips.
2. Advice on Contact Tracing
Contact tracing is the identification of individuals that have come into contact with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and it is a fundamental precaution taken against the spread of the virus in the community.
This advice provides guidance to rugby clubs and recreation facilities on their responsibilities to retain certain information from people to assist the Ministry of Health if contact tracing is required. Parts of some facilities will be able to open at Alert Level 3, for example outdoor golf courses, outdoor croquet clubs and outdoor bowling clubs.
Other rugby clubs or recreation facilities should familiarise themselves with these requirements for when they are able to open in lower alert levels. You can read the information and access a template here.
3. Health and Safety Requirements for Businesses Planning to Open
Worksafe has advised that under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. This includes any play, active recreation and sport businesses that may be able to operate under the strict level 3 requirements.
The purpose of this health and safety planning is to ensure: effective implementation of COVID-19 controls, and that the health and safety of workers and other people isn’t put at risk from changes that are made to work arrangements because of this pandemic.
Before work begins again, business owners and operators need to develop a plan for working safely. This plan needs to be discussed and shared with everyone at work – including workers, contractors, and suppliers – before the work starts.
The plan should be reviewed and updated regularly. More information, including plan templates that you can use and what the plan should cover, is available on the Worksafe website. https://worksafe.govt.nz/?mc_cid=f09a12c518&mc_eid=76639eaf03