The NSW Government has announced that stay-at-home orders put in place on Saturday have been extended across all of Greater Sydney until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021.
And for community sport on the northern beaches it means one thing:
Well, most of it.
You can play golf and tennis. You can exercise outdoors in groups of ten or less. You can surf and swim and stand-up paddle.
If it’s an outdoor, “solo” pursuit, safely assume you can do it.
But if you’re involved in community, team and club sport you can also safely assume that until Saturday July 10, it’s off.
The Sea Eagles will play in bio-security bubble action against the Bulldogs on Saturday 4 July and Canberra Raiders on Thursday 8 July.
The Bulldogs game is slated for Homebush, the Raiders game for 4 Pines Park (nee Brookvale Oval).
But unless Gladys Berejiklian and her crack team of epidemiologists (or even the all-powerful Peter V’landys) declare that gatherings of 10,000 or more are okay in Sydney, then you won’t get to see them live.
In a fluid situation, V’landys has mooted that options include taking the games to regional areas such as Mudgee. Or uprooting the competition to Brisbane in a “magic round” type situation. His preference appears to be for games to have atmosphere and for clubs to bring in income.
Either way, people of the northern beaches will not be allowed to see these games live.
Similarly if you play or support community rugby league on the northern beaches – seniors, juniors – know this: it’s off.
Same with tag and touch footy.
Netball? Off. Hockey? Off.
The Shute Shield and all “Subbies” and junior rugby is off.
All football under the auspices of the Manly Warringah Football Association is off.
People may train outdoors in groups of ten or less.
Gyms are closed but owner-operators are permitted to train people outdoors in groups of ten or less.
Golf is allowed as is tennis with social distancing and other transmission minimisation measures such as online booking and not shaking hands post match.
For more information get in touch with your association here.