COVID-19 update - March 17, 2020

Related to the continued spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), La Trobe Sport would like to provide its members with an update on the operations of our sport and active recreation programs.

La Trobe Sport, in conjunction with La Trobe University, is continuing to closely monitor the situation around the continued spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and we are taking advice from the relevant authorities, including the Australian Government’s Department of HealthDFAT Smart Traveller and the World Health Organisation.

The health and safety of our students, staff and the general public who engage with our sporting programs and use our sport facilities is our top priority, and the University is working closely with DHHS to enact the recommended public health measures to protect those directly impacted and the wider community.

As a result, La Trobe Sport has set up a working group in order to deal with issues related to COVID-19 as and when they occur.

For any details on the whole of University’s position and general information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the dedicated website and FAQ’s - https://www.latrobe.edu.au/about/novel-coronavirus.

Please find an update on each of La Trobe Sport's programs, access to facilities and planned events and general sport and active recreation information below:


FACILITIES

La Trobe Sport wishes to confirm that the following sport facilities will remain open until further notice:

> La Trobe Sports Park (inclusive of the La Trobe Sports Stadium, the La Trobe Sports Park Pavilion and surrounding sports fields within the Sports Park precinct)

> La Trobe Indoor Sports Centre (inclusive of the gym, swimming pool, the indoor court, group exercise studio, rock climbing wall and all three specialty studios - the Zen Den, Core Cave and Strong Zone)


HEALTH & FITNESS, AQUATICS & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

All Health & FitnessAquatics and Community Programs operated by La Trobe Sport will continue as normal until further notice.

The exception to this is our Semester 1 Social Sport competition, which has been postponed until further notice due to the relevant sporting bodies advising to cease competition.

We will actively support all of our customers and patrons and their intentions to train or not train to the best of our abilities and will prioritise the health and wellness of all in our overall operations.

The La Trobe Sport Action Plan for members using our facilities during this period is below:

  1. Great hygiene – we have placed antibacterial wipes around the facilities, so please ensure you are utilising these regularly and wash your hands properly with warm soapy water.
  2. Stay Home  –  If you are displaying any symptoms associated with the virus, please stay at home. We promise that delaying your training slightly will not stop you from achieving your fitness goals.
  3. No Towel = No training – ensure you have your gym towels on you at all times and use it! Sweat is great, but not when someone else has to train in it!
  4. Be Considerate – Please adhere to travel restrictions and guidelines. If you have arrived home recently from overseas, please ensure you follow the guidelines as outlined by authorities to ensure you protect yourself and the community.
  5. Expert Advice – please note that we are acting on expert advice and relevant authorities and not that of the media. At this point in time we will remain open and will inform you all if anything changes.

UNISPORT EVENTS

In line with UniSport's announcement yesterday, the status of the following UniSport events are as below:

> University Basketball League: The start of the UniSport UBL competition (due to begin on March 31) will be suspended.

> Nationals Athletics:  Nationals Athletics was scheduled to be held from April 3-5 at the University of Queensland. This event will now be postponed.

> Nationals 3x3 Basketball: Nationals 3x3 Basketball was due to be held from 16-17 April at University of Canberra. This event is now postponed.

> Nationals Swimming: Nationals Swimming is due to be held from 14-17 May in Sydney. The status of whether this event will proceed or not is unknown. Stay tuned to the UniSport website and social media channels for updates.

For students who have registered for Nationals Athletics and Nationals 3x3 Basketball, UniSport will issue a full refund which will be processed back to the credit card that the payment was made with. This refund will be processed by the end of March. If you require more information, please contact La Trobe Sport Representative Sport Coordinator Emily Harbrow.


AFFILIATED CLUBS

At this point in time, La Trobe Sport will continue normal opening hours and access to facilities and grounds for our affiliated sports clubs. This includes the Indoor Sports Centre, the La Trobe Sports Stadium and surrounding sports fields.

FIXTURED COMPETITION BASED CLUBS
Our competition based clubs are advised to follow the guidance of their sports governing and/or similar overseeing body. This includes advice on correct health and hygiene during competition, as well as whether fixtures are being held as normal or not.  

ACTION: Should your governing body be postponing competition, please contact La Trobe Sport Representative Sport Manager Nick Lambert as soon as possible as this affects our staffing and grounds management.

TRIP BASED CLUBS
All trip based clubs are advised to cancel any trips (locally, regionally, interstate or otherwise) planned until the April 27 and until further notice. This is directly in line with the University cancelling all non-essential travel across the board.


LA TROBE SPORT EVENTS

The following events scheduled to be hosted by La Trobe Sport will be postponed until further notice:

> Wednesday March 18: 5-A-Side Soccer @ Food Truck Wednesdays

> Wednesday April 8: First Team La Trobe University Basketball League game at the La Trobe Sports Stadium

> Wednesday April 8: First North East Blaze game at the La Trobe Sports Stadium

> Thursday April 9: Official opening of the new La Trobe Sports Stadium

> April: Staff welcome and open house at the La Trobe Sports Stadium

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