LSV is pleased to release the ‘Return to Play Plan for Aquatic Facilities’, following State Government approval. This resource has been developed as a practical tool to assist aquatic facility owners and operators prepare for a ‘Return to Play’ and has been customised for use by the Victorian industry.

The safe resumption of aquatic activities will be complex and challenging. A staged approach is necessary to ensure the safety of staff and patrons, which meets regulatory obligations, industry best practice guidelines, the coronavirus (COVID-19) health mandate and community expectations.

The Return to Play Plan resource focuses on available risk mitigants relevant to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how they can be applied at aquatic facilities. It leverages the Sport and Recreation Victoria – Return to Play Plan template and has been customised for easy use and localised application throughout the different reopening phases.

The plan is aligned to the guiding principles issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Federal Government and is provided in a four-step process.

Step One – Select your risk mitigants from the lists provided.

List Headers – i) hygiene, ii) physical contact activities, iii) arrival and departure of participants, officials, parents or carers, iv) spectators / gatherings, v) sharing equipment, vi) group / team activities, vii) indoor facilities, viii) protocols and ix) communication.

Step Two – Complete the risk assessment template for complex or higher risk activities.

Step Three – Use the decision-making tree to make confirm decisions on complex or higher risk activities.

Step Four – Apply the mitigants, monitor, review and update.

There will be a special Re-opening Pools AFAR PD session on Tuesday 26th May at 11am, discussing the lessons learnt from the SAALC team in South Australia.

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