Country netball is close to a resumption as more allowed to attend

UP IN THE AIR: Netball could resume in the next few weeks if restrictions continue to be lifted.
UP IN THE AIR: Netball could resume in the next few weeks if restrictions continue to be lifted.

Netball in South Australia has taken a significant step towards return-to-play following Premier Steven Marshall's announcement around community sport on Monday, May 25.

Mr Marshall explained that Step 2 of the state's roadmap will be brought forward to Monday, June 1.

The Premier also announced that contact sports, including netball, could return to competition after June 25.

Since the announcement, Netball SA has sought clarity around what exactly this means for netball across the state.

From Monday, June 1, outdoor training can commence contact training in groups of 20.

The limit of 20 is based on active participants, meaning it excludes coaches or umpires.

However, while indoor training can also resume from Monday, June 1, Netball SA has been advised this is non-contact only.

"The limit of 10 per court (plus one coach/deliverer) applies to indoor trainings starting on June 1, as it has over the past two weeks for outdoor training," Netball SA spokesperson said.

"Canteens and clubrooms can open and serve takeaway food, ensuring each clubroom remains under the limit of 80 people and sticks to one person per 4m2.

"This means clubs will need to do the maths and determine how many people they can fit in their venue based on the size to remain under the limit.

"Canteens are able to open onto the outside where a veranda is for example, however, the outer area needs to be clearly marked for patrons with waiting spaces and 1.5m apart."

Netball SA is currently working with the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) around how the limit of 80 people per venue will work for netball, particularly in relation to the larger venues and Priceline Stadium.

In addition, Netball SA are waiting on further clarity from the ORSR on several areas, as well as SAPOL who are yet to finalise their directive.

The Great Southern Netball Association is yet to make a decision on the 2020 season, but a final decision will be made by June 11.

For the most recent government information around COVID-19, visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

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