Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Recommended Precautions

As advised by the AFL NSW/ACT please see below precautions for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The health and safety of our staff, players, volunteers and fans is paramount, therefore we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to Covid-19, regularly consulting with Australian Government, the World Health Organisation and the AFL’s Chief Medical Officers.
Covid-19 remains a situation with the potential to change rapidly, therefore we recommend Clubs consider the potential issues and their ramifications.
Current understanding is that Covid‐19 is spread from person‐to‐person when people are in close contact or when an infected person coughs or sneezes, releasing the virus into the air as droplets. These droplets can then enter another person’s mouth or nose or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Infection may also be spread by touching a surface contaminated with Covid‐19 then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
Symptoms of Covid‐19 infection typically begin 2‐14 days after exposure and include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and cough. More severe symptoms include diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia. Older people and those with chronic illness are at increased risk.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Covid‐19 infection. The precautions outlined below are recommended to limit your exposure and prevent the spread of germs:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitiser
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before eating
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact such as shaking hands and hugging
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze
While the outbreak is by no means a cause for panic or a cause to suspend any training or games, there are precautions, along with the ones listed above, that we strongly believe clubs need to enforce in order to ensure the safety and health of all of their members and the broader AFL Sydney community. See below:
  • If members have left, or transited through mainland China, Iran, Italy or South Korea in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving, and then attain medical clearance prior to returning to training/playing.
  • If they have been in contact with anyone who has recently travelled to mainland China, Iran, Italy or South Korea, you should attain medical clearance prior to returning to training.
  • Anyone who has travelled anywhere overseas recently should avoid physical contact with other players for at least a couple of weeks after their return.
  • Do not share drink bottles – players are expected to provide their own
  • Do not share towels
More information about the virus can be found here – https://bit.ly/2W64TfO