CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 26/05/2020
Hi Basketball Family,
Government restrictions are slowly starting to ease and you may have seen articles regarding the Basketball Australia Return to Basketball Guidelines. In line with these developments, Basketball NSW has submitted a detailed plan to the NSW Government which is currently awaiting approval. While these are all positive developments and we’re as keen as you to see basketball resume, we need to temper our excitement for the moment.
Some important points to note:
- Both the Hills Basketball Stadium and Dural Recreation Centre remain closed by government direction. At this stage we have no firm indication as to when we will be permitted to reopen.
- Hills Basketball is not currently in a position to organise nor endorse team training sessions which involve physical gatherings regardless of recent announcements concerning outdoor exercise.
- Insurance cover for any such activity remains unclear at this stage.
- Any basketball activity perceived to be flouting the rules could jeopardise a return to more regular activities.
- Hills Basketball’s approach is that we will open our doors as soon as possible and provide basketball activities in line with government guidelines as soon as possible.
- Of course this approach comes with the proviso that community safety will be the overriding priority.
In the meantime, we continue to provide a range of online content so you can keep your basketball skills sharp, ready for return. Make sure you follow our social media to keep up to date.
There is a lot going on behind the scenes at HBA and our localised planning is in line with the Federal Government’s National Principals for the Resumption of Sport and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport with Basketball Australia’s Return to Basketball Guidelines providing a strong reference point. We continue to work with our parent bodies and all levels of Government to ensure we are able to run basketball activities as soon as possible.
Please be patient and respectful of the rules and the community so that we can continue to move forward and get back on the court in the very near future.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 23/03/2020
In light of today’s statement from the NSW Premier, Glady Berejiklian, Hills Basketball has suspended all activities including Social Distance Shooting, Dr Dish sessions and Representative shooting sessions.
Both the Hills Basketball Stadium (Hills Hornets – Castle Hill) and the Dural Recreation Centre (Hills Hornets – Dural) are closed to the public until further notice.
We will continue to provide updates on the situation via our website and social media. These updates will shortly include details of refunds for cancelled sessions/games.
We hope that our Hills Hornets community remains safe in these challenging circumstances. We will be releasing a series of Hornets at Home workouts and other online content to keep our community engaged.
Coronavirus Update 16/03/2020
As of today, Monday. 16 March, 2020, the Hills Basketball Association is suspending all Local Competitions (Summer 19/20), Hornets Academy Skills Sessions, Play and Train, Walking Basketball and Little Hoopers until further notice. To view full statement Click here.
Coronavirus Update 14/03/2020
Hills Basketball continues to monitor the situation involving Covid-19 on a daily basis. Our current course of action is to follow the recommendations of the Australian Government and its Chief Medical Officer and NSW Health. Our parent body, Basketball NSW, endorses this course of action.
All advice below remains current. All Hills Basketball local competitions and Hornets Academy classes will continue over the weekend. Hills Basketball will meet internally and with Basketball NSW on Monday to reassess the situation.
Patrons should continue to follow the advice below with particular attention to hand hygiene and good cough etiquette. Anyone who is feeling unwell should not attend HBA venues and those in high risk categories should consider staying at home.
Coronavirus Update 13/03/2020
Hills Basketball notes that there is no official update from NSW Health or the Federal Health Dept at this stage and therefore the advice below (dated 12/03/2020) remains current.
Hills Basketball also notes that the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government, Professor Brendan Murphy, have today announced that non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people should not proceed as of Monday, 16 March, 2020. Hills Basketball advises that the majority of our programs fall under this threshold and all can be tailored to do so. Further details will follow in this regard.
Coronavirus Update 12/03/2020
Hills Basketball continues to monitor the situation involving Covid-19 on a daily basis. Updates will be provided as required based on information distributed by NSW Health and the Federal Health Dept. At this stage, no government agency is requiring actions in addition to those listed immediately below.
In line with the advice provided by NSW Health, Hills Basketball is taking the following measures:
- Posting updates as necessary and encouraging patrons to adhere to the NSW Health directives below.
- Encouraging anyone who is unwell to stay away from Basketball.
- Encouraging additional hand hygiene and good cough etiquette.
No specific advice is available from NSW Health re. shaking hands after games and this practice is at individual players’ discretion.
This NSW Health FAQ link https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx is comprehensive for anyone seeking further information.
Hills Basketball notes the latest advice from NSW Health as follows:
If you have been in, departed from, or transited through mainland China, Iran, Italy or the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in the last 14 days, you should:
- Self-isolate yourself from others for 14 days from the day you departed the affected country and
- monitor yourself for symptoms
If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222. When you call, tell them where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. If your symptoms are severe, visit your local Emergency Department. When you arrive, immediately tell staff where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. If you have symptoms it is important that don’t go to work, school/university/childcare, the gym, or public areas, and you should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services. If you need to seek medical care wear a surgical mask if available when attending. You should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services to get to your doctor or emergency department.
If you have been in, departed from, or transited through any other country in the last 14 days, you should:
The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is believed to be highest for those people who have travelled through a higher risk country. However, there are an increasing number of other countries at risk of COVID-19. If you have travelled overseas to another country in the past 14 days you should self-monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing as much as possible and immediately isolate yourself if you become unwell. An outline of social distancing can be found here https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx During the 14 days you are asked to practice social distancing, you can travel to work or school using public transport if you have no other way of travelling there. Please try to separate yourself from other passengers as much as possible. You should also maintain hand hygiene and practice good cough etiquette. If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222. When you call, tell them where you have travelled. If your symptoms are severe, visit your local Emergency Department. When you arrive, immediately tell staff where you have travelled. It is important if you have symptoms you should not go to work, school/university/childcare, the gym, or public areas, and you should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services. If you need to seek medical care wear a surgical mask if available when attending.
The NSW Health advice regarding attending public events is as follows:
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. At this stage, the risk of community spread of COVID-19 in NSW is low. In accordance with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement, NSW Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events. It is important to note that this advice is subject to change as the situation evolves.
If you are an attendee, NSW Health encourages you to:
- stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell
- stay home and not attend if you have been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 (excluding airport transit) in the past 14 days
- practice simple hygiene by making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and by covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
In addition to the above NSW Health advice, our parent body, Basketball NSW, has issued the following advice: