3 August 2020 | COVID-19 UPDATE


At the direction of the Government & the Chief Health Officer of NSW, the restriction of spectator numbers to ONE per PARTICIPANT remains unchanged.

Hills Basketball has been operating under current restrictions since late July and would like to the thank those people who have observed both the letter and the spirit of the rules in place.

Unfortunately a significant number of people have flaunted or at least pushed up against the limits of these rules, thereby jeopardising the continuation of basketball and further burdening our already overstretched staff. Given the dire circumstances in Victoria, the precarious situation in NSW and with the well-being of our staff and members at the forefront, HBA is tightening restrictions relating to all competitions and programs and is asking all patrons to adhere to the following:

  • If you are unwell you MUST stay at home.
  • If you have visited Victoria or a NSW hotspot you should follow NSW Health directions and MUST NOT enter Hills Basketball venues.
  • Only come to the stadium if you absolutely must. If your child is capable and confident to attend without you or if you are coming to watch a senior player, please consider staying home.
  • Spectators watching primary school children in competitions or programs are permitted to bring siblings if the siblings are primary school aged or younger.
  • Spectators watching high school age or above competitions or programs are not permitted to bring siblings.
  • Only ONE spectator per participant per game or session.  i.e. No ‘tag-teaming’ at halftime.
  • No fold-out chairs can be brought into the stadium.
  • Please don’t push the rules to the limit by switching participants (e.g. Sally hasn’t got a spectator so that means Wendy can bring 2) or by claiming to be the coach when you are not.
  • Hills Basketball supports the NSW Govt advice that it is recommended to wear masks in public where social distancing is difficult. NB: The wearing of masks while playing is not recommended.
  • All spectators will be greeted at the entrance and marked off against a participant.
  • Spectators must provide name and email address/mobile number.
  • Spectators must practice social distancing where possible.
  • Patrons must sanitise hands on entry and exit.
  • Patrons must enter through the front door and exit through the appropriate exit doors. 

As per current guidelines we encourage all patrons to arrive as late as possible and leave promptly after their activity.

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 system. 

We appreciate the desire to watch relatives or friends play basketball however we ask that people understand that HBA resources are currently stretched to the limit and, assuming we are allowed to continue providing services, we may have to do so without any spectators. Please help us to avoid this outcome.

With our friends in Victoria as an example, we ask that all patrons observe the ‘spirit of the law’ and not enter Hills Basketball Stadium if possible. Help us to keep basketball running, as the next step is likely a return to shut down.

Any enquiries can be directed to Steve Burke via email

For all information relating to HBA Return to Basketball click here to view.

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 New South Wales Covid-19 hotspots. If you have visited any of these locations, or have visited Victoria in the past 14 days, 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.

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