COVID-19 UPDATE 06/05/21

In response to the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced today by the Premier, Hills Basketball advises:

  • If you are unwell, please stay away from HBA venues.
  • If you have been to any of the current hotspots listed here please stay away from HBA venues.
  • The NSW Office of Sport has issued a clarification stating that, “indoor recreation facilities are NOT included on the list of premises where you must wear a mask.”
  • The requirement to check in via QR code remains for anyone who is not an official participant in a game or program i.e. ALL spectators.
  • Hills Basketball will continue to provide hand sanitiser throughout our venues and encourages all patrons to practice appropriate hygiene measures.

The latest restrictions are in place from 12 noon today, Thursday, 6 May until 12.01am Monday, 17 May. Hills Basketball will update as required.


 Hills Basketball has revised our COVID-19 Safety Plan including the removal of restrictions on patron numbers outside the normal fire safety requirements.

 Other points to note are:

  • The ongoing requirement to stay away if you are unwell.
  • The request to practice 1.5m physical distancing and the recommendation to wear a mask where this is not possible.
  • The ongoing provision of hand sanitiser
  • The requirement to QR code in if you are not an official participant in a game.

 We once again thank our community for helping us get to this point. Please continue to observe the rules and help us fully return the buzz to The Hive.  

HBA is aware of the NSW Government’s announcement that restrictions will be easing again from 29 March. At this stage, we are awaiting further clarification from our governing body Basketball NSW as to how this announcement will impact our spectator resections within HBA venues. With the requirement to maintain social distancing where practical still in place, the current HBA Covid restrictions will remain unchanged until further notice.

HBA has recently reviewed our Covid-19 Safety Plan in light of the latest advice from the NSW Government and the good news is, we are lifting spectator limits to 2 per participant! This move comes with a number of caveats and we implore patrons to continue to obey the rules as set out below. While spectator limits are rising, we are still required to ensure social distancing where possible. When attending Hills Basketball venues please consider that we are monitoring the situation and if numbers become unworkable, we will be left with no alternative other than a return to the current limit. Full details of current restrictions appear below.


  • If you are unwell you MUST stay at home.
  • A list of current Covid hotspots can be found here If you have visited a hotspot you should follow NSW Health directions and MUST NOT enter Hills Basketball venues.
  • Even if the new rules permit attendance (see specific rules below), only come to the stadium if you absolutely must.
  • Anyone, including spectators, not pre-printed on an official roll call, roster or scoresheet must QR code on entry.
  • Anyone entering Hills Basketball venues must practice social distancing where possible.
  • Hills Basketball recommends the wearing of masks for people on scoretable or in situations where social distancing is not possible.
  • All patrons are encouraged to arrive as late as possible and leave promptly after their activity.
  • Patrons are requested not to sing, cheer or chant.
  • Carpooling with people from different households is discouraged.
  • Online payments are preferred. Please note, given staff are undertaking additional duties, payments at the counter are likely to result in delays for customers. Click here to learn more about our online payment system. 
  • No exit via front door.

Kiss and drop zone:

  • Kiss and drop strictly for drop off. No pickups.
  • Painted area ‘No stopping zone’ is now available as pedestrian pick up area.
  • Where applicable, team staff (coach, manager, scorer) are asked to take responsibility for children until collected by parents.
  • Parents and team staff to use common sense and discretion re. collection from waiting areas or walk to car.

If you are unwell you MUST stay at home. You should get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until you receive a negative result AND you are feeling well again, whichever is the LATER.

The following link contains information from NSW Health regarding Covid-19 hotspots. If you have visited any of these locations, you should follow NSW Health directions and you MUST NOT enter Hills Basketball venues. 

NSW Health are providing an ongoing current list of COVID-19 case locations. This page is being regularly updated with locations across NSW and we recommend it is checked if you are concerned about locations which may be at risk of COVID-19 infections.

Responding to COVID-19 in Basketball

Hills Basketball is not in a position to provide medical advice. The following is for guidance only as the advice of health authorities can vary depending on individual circumstances.

For immediate advice:

National Coronavirus Health line on 1800 020 080 or  NSW COVID-19 Helpline on 13 77 88

Or refer to Health Direct Coronavirus website and NSW Health Coronavirus Self Isolation Guidelines & Information

For someone feeling unwell

If a player tests positive for COVID-19 please notify Hills Basketball Association on 02 9894-8944.

Close Contact

A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious.

If you are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in Australia, you need to be isolated for 14 days after you last saw that person. Home isolation applies to all close contacts, even if you are well. It is important to monitor your health and report any symptoms as early as possible.

Refer to:

Casual Contact

A casual contact is defined as someone who has had face-to-face contact for less than 15 minutes cumulative over the course of a week, or been in the same closed space for less than 2 hours, with a person with a COVID-19 infection while they were infectious. This may include healthcare workers, other patients, or visitors who were in the same closed healthcare space as a case, but for shorter periods than those required for a close contact. Other closed settings might include schools or offices.

If you are a casual contact, you do not need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms (although the close contact does). You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after your last casual contact with the person with COVID-19. Refer to Casual Contacts Factsheet.

Further Information