COVID Update

May 26, 2021

The recent cluster of COVID cases which has occurred in Melbourne has resulted in re-introduction of guidelines for gatherings and mask wearing in Melbourne.

While this does not change the guidelines for Geelong, it may have an impact on some members of our community and reinforces the need to continue COVD safe practices to prevent any similar cases in our area.

Any members or teams who are travelling to Melbourne should be aware of the revised guidelines, and comply with the directives which apply to Melbourne. If there are any players from Melbourne who are participating in local teams, they also need to comply with the directives for Melbourne, as their “home” conditions travel with them.

Please read the statement issued by Hockey Victoria.

COVID Safe Guidelines

Note the guidelines issued previously in relation to COVID Safe play.

Members who are attending matches, training and events at Stead Park and Lloyd Reserve are reminded of the rules which apply, and the COVID Safe hygiene procedures which are required.

  • Electronic Record Keeping

Every person (player, team official, umpire, spectator etc) who enters Stead Park or Lloyd Reserve must record their attendance by checking in using the QR code located at the venue. There are separate QR codes for indoor and outdoor sections of the venues.

All electronic record keeping will be via the Services Victoria app using the QR code supplied. Please download the app before you enter the venue.

  • Ensure physical distancing.

Enter Stead Park via the gate on the left, exit via the gate on the right.

Players, coaches, umpires should remain 1.5 metres apart as much as possible. No high fives, handshakes, hugs or spitting.

Do not attend the venue or participate in a match if you are feeling unwell or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has tested positive or has had symptoms.

Spectators may attend and should remain 1.5 metres apart from others and not gather in groups of more than 100. If it is not possible to maintain the 1.5 m distance, spectators should wear a face mask.

Avoid carpooling where possible.

  • Entering and leaving dugouts

To avoid overcrowding and lack of social distancing at the end of games and training sessions, incoming teams who are waiting to begin their game/ training should gather to one side of the player dugouts. Do not enter the dugout until the outgoing team has retrieved their bags and left the dugout. The outgoing team should move as quickly as possible to clear the dugout for the incoming team.

  • Carry a face mask and wear it when necessary

All persons entering Stead Park or Lloyd Reserve must carry a face mask, and wear it when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people you do not live with.

You do not have to wear a face mask while playing or warming up for a match.

  • Practice good hygiene

Use hand sanitiser before, during and after your match, and wash hands frequently.

Bring a full water bottle. Drink taps are not to be used.

Arrive for your game dressed ready to play.

Use your own equipment and do not share equipment. Do not share water bottles, sticks, clothing, training bibs, towels etc.

Avoid touching the hockey ball, cones or training equipment unless you are the designated coach/ team manager.

Cones and hockey balls should be cleaned and disinfected after use, before being used again. Wash the equipment in the cleaning solution, leaving it in for at least 10 minutes, before rinsing and drying.

  • Keep records and act quickly if participants, volunteers or organisers become unwell.

Each person who enters Stead Park must sign in using the QR code located in the venue.

  • Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces.

Change rooms and toilets are open. The meeting room and social area are open for use, with limits on the number of people permitted in the area.

Members are asked to clean and disinfect areas of common use when they leave e.g. wipe the tables in the social area with the supplies provided. Use the spray disinfectant provided in the dugouts when the team is leaving.

A maximum of 2 people should be in the toilet area or in the corridor at the one time.

  • Create activity bubbles.

Limit the number of players, coaches, officials who participate in multiple games in the one day. Try to maintain physical distancing where possible.