Step forward but footy at least six weeks away Still no time for hugs and kisses
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.”
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.
KEEPING FIT: Personal trainer Narelle Maiolo at Goodlife Health Clubs at Noarlunga.