Softball Queensland (SQ) can today confirm all softball activity across the state remains suspended as it continues to work with the Queensland Government on restarting sport.
Softball Queensland have this week taken part in a number of industry update video conferences with QSport and the Department of Sport and Recreation about how the timeline for easing restrictions in Queensland relates specifically to the resumption of organised sport across the State.
We welcome the recent announcement of the Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions, however, it is important to have absolute clarity when it comes to certain definitions and rules around gatherings and how these apply to our sport before we recommence softball activities.
The Department of Sport and Recreation and Queensland Health have subsequently confirmed today that Stage 1 of the State Government recovery plan commencing this Friday 15 May, does not include the resumption of any organised sporting activity, including training or playing. The outdoor, non-contact activity gatherings of up to 10 people permitted by the Government in Stage 1 is intended for families, groups of friends or members of the same household only.
The current direction from the Department of Sport and Recreation, under the guidance of Queensland Health, would see training activity resume under strict guidelines at the beginning of Stage 2, currently scheduled for Friday 12 June.
All State Sporting Organisations including Softball Queensland have today been informed that Queensland Police will be actively monitoring community sporting venues from this weekend, to ensure members of the public are adhering to the State Government’s Stage 1 guidelines. Fines will be handed out to people not complying with the restrictions.
It is important to note that members must continue to adhere to the guidelines of the relevant current stage of the recovery plan until Softball Queensland receives approval from the Department of Sport and Recreation and Queensland Health to progress to the Stage 2, and provides formal notification to Associations and Clubs of that approval. Breaches of this may not be covered by insurance policies.
As has been the case since the beginning of COVID-19 restrictions, all decisions will be made in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of our members and the wider community. Returning to the diamonds as soon as it is safe to do so, remains the absolute priority for Softball Queensland and we will continue to work diligently with the State Government toward this goal.
The Softball Queensland Board will convene later this month with further updates to be provided following that meeting, including any updates to the minimum requirements for the resumption of softball activity as we progress through the stages ,as well as updating our members on the status of upcoming events.