Step for­ward but footy at least six weeks away Still no time for hugs and kisses

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The Advertiser - - NEWS - AN­DREW CAPEL SE­NIOR SPORTS WRITER AN­DREW HOUGH

SPORT­ING lead­ers across the state have cau­tiously wel­comed the news they can be­gin mov­ing to­wards a re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in as lit­tle as four weeks and vowed train­ing will re­sume on Mon­day.

In­door and out­door sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions across South Aus­tralia were among ac­tiv­i­ties given the green light to re­sume from June 8 by Premier Steven Mar­shall fol­low­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s na­tional Cab­i­net an­nounce­ment yeser­day.

Aus­tralian foot­ball and soc­cer clubs will start train­ing again in groups of 10 from Mon­day but un­der strict

FIT­NESS en­thu­si­asts may be able to re­turn to their favourite gym in a month – al­beit in smaller num­bers.

Gyms and yoga stu­dios will be al­lowed to re­open un­der the

WHAT THEY SAID

“We are un­likely to see com­pet­i­tive con­tact sports that re­quire big teams re­sume un­til the end of June.”

Steven Mar­shall

WHAT IT MEANS SANFL and am­a­teur foot­ball, with more than 40 play­ers in a game, can train in groups of 10 but sea­sons won’t start yet.

guide­lines they must ad­here to. The leagues will ad­dress those pro­to­cols with their clubs. But matches in­volv­ing large num­bers of play­ers might not be al­lowed to be played un­til late June or early July, when the sec­ond stage of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s plan to restart the econ­omy, with a limit of 20 peo­ple at any time. Phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing and ex­tra hy­giene will be com­pul­sory.

Premier Steven Mar­shall has sig­nalled South Aus­tralia could move into the sec­ond phase of re­open­ings in a month’s time.

Gov­ern­ment moves to stage three of its re­sponse to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

“(Full foot­ball games) are more likely to be in tranche three (than June 8), but tranche three could be brought for­ward,’’ said Mr Mar­shall, who wants sport­ing clubs to up the ante in their re­turns from Mon­day and to tran­si­tion to com­pe­ti­tion from June 8.

“There are no ex­act dates on when those will hap­pen. Tranche three, if we are go­ing well, might start early.

“I think very soon there­after (June 8), as peo­ple are con­di­tioned, I think we will be able to restart com­pet­i­tive sport.

“We are un­likely to see com­pet­i­tive con­tact sports that

Fit­ness Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Bar­rie Elvish, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sents gyms and per­sonal train­ers, said he was work­ing with the State Gov­ern­ment to make sure gyms were ready to go within weeks.

“It was en­cour­ag­ing to hear Scott Mor­ri­son specif­i­cally men­tion gyms are the next cab re­quire big teams re­sume un­til the end of June”. It is un­der­stood the State Gov­ern­ment is ea­ger to see re­stric­tions on both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional sports eased at the same time.

The SANFL is in talks with the State Gov­ern­ment about how a re­turn to foot­ball might look.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Jake Parkin­son said the Gov­ern­ment’s eas­ing of re­stric­tions was a pos­i­tive sign for foot­ball par­tic­i­pants and sup­port­ers.

“We have 54,000 club play­ers and many club of­fi­cials, vol­un­teers and footy fans who can’t wait to see the re­turn of lo­cal footy,” he said.

“We’re thank­ful that we can get three groups of 10 back on the footy field for train­ing. off the rank,” Mr Elvish said. “Gyms can re­open safely, and we have a com­mit­ted in­dus­try who is will­ing to do what­ever it takes to en­sure the health and safety of mem­bers and staff so they can re­open and restart their busi­nesses.”

He said fit­ness would play an “im­por­tant role” in peo­ple’s lives re­turn­ing to nor­mal and

“How­ever, it’s im­per­a­tive that we take a mea­sured and con­trolled ap­proach with our re­turn to play for the health and safety of ev­ery­one in­volved in foot­ball and the wider com­mu­nity.”

Foot­ball South Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Carter said he hoped soc­cer com­pe­ti­tions could restart next month af­ter a two-month shut­down.

“Foot­ball SA has ap­proval to di­vide pitches into thirds, with a max­i­mum of 10 peo­ple in­clud­ing play­ers and coaches per grid,” Carter said.

Ade­laide Footy League chief ex­ec­u­tive John Ker­na­han de­scribed the State Gov­ern­ment’s move as “a step for­ward, al­beit a mini one’’. main­tain­ing good men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

Goodlife Health Clubs per­sonal trainer Narelle Maiolo is champ­ing at the bit to get back to work.

“It’ll be re­ally nice to be able to see some peo­ple face to face in an en­vi­ron­ment that is so fa­mil­iar for my en­tire busi­ness,” Ms Maiolo said.

SOUTH Australian­s will not be able to share a kiss, hug or hand­shake with any­one out­side close fam­ily for the “fore­see­able fu­ture”, the state’s top pub­lic doctor warned yes­ter­day.

An­nounc­ing a new day of zero new COVID-19 cases, chief pub­lic health of­fi­cer Pro­fes­sor Nicola Spurrier said so­cial-dis­tanc­ing mea­sures and good hy­giene – in­clud­ing avoid­ing per­sonal em­braces – should be main­tained.

“It is very hard to have a crys­tal ball … but for the fore­see­able fu­ture … un­for­tu­nately, we will not be able to do the hand­shak­ing, the hug­ging or the kiss­ing,” she said.

“Of course, with peo­ple in your im­me­di­ate fam­ily, no prob­lems.”

Prof Spurrier said peo­ple had a “duty” to stay home from

work if they were sick. “Many of us in the past, my­self ab­so­lutely in­cluded, have been real Tro­jans when it has come to work,” she said.

“I just go to work even though I have a heavy cold, I will be able to fight my way through. But cer­tainly go­ing for­ward, I will not be do­ing that be­cause that puts other peo­ple at risk in the work­place.

“And I think all of us … have to be think­ing not just about our in­di­vid­ual health … but also of our com­mu­nity.”

Aus­tralia’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, Pro­fes­sor Bren­dan Mur­phy, echoed her com­ments.

“I think we will see a per­ma­nent change in that sort of cav­a­lier at­ti­tude of go­ing to work when you’ve got a cold or flu and I think that will be, even when COVID is gone,” he said. “That would help with flu sea­sons and … gen­eral health in the com­mu­nity. I think we’ve all been guilty of that. I know I have. We’re all go­ing to have to change that men­tal­ity.”

The state’s fort­night of zero new cases ended on Thurs­day af­ter a Bri­tish mi­grant in his 70s, who ar­rived in Ade­laide in March, tested pos­i­tive. The man, from the Onka­paringa Coun­cil area, is one of two ac­tive cases. Of the 439 lo­cal pa­tients, 433 have re­cov­ered.

Pic­ture: KERYN STEVENS

KEEP­ING FIT: Per­sonal trainer Narelle Maiolo at Goodlife Health Clubs at Noar­lunga.

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