Mar 13

Important information about COVID-19 and events at our venues

Friday 13 March 2020 8:13pm

The NRL has confirmed that remaining Round 1 games will proceed this weekend as per game-day schedule.

However, NRL matches commencing from Round 2 will be played at closed stadiums due to State and Federal Government advice, until further notice.

 

NEW MEASURES TO REDUCE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 IN AUSTRALIA

AT 3.20pm on Friday 13 March 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that State and Federal Governments advised against non-essential organised events of 500 or more people being held from Monday, 16 March 2020.

He said this was an added precautionary measure, based on expert medical advice, to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 amongst the Australian community.

The announcement occurred after a Council of Australian Governments meeting on Friday which was attended by State premiers, chief ministers, and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.

Dr Murphy said the risk to the Australian community at the current time generally remains low.

 

NEXT STEPS

Venues NSW is liaising with promoters and organisers of scheduled events and hirers to discuss the impact of the Government's advice on the event schedules across our venues. Where possible, we hope to reschedule events which are expected to attract more than 500 people to a later date .

We appreciate your patience as we seek alternate arrangements for upcoming events. It is our intent to be able to communicate any event outcomes early next week.

Updated communication will be done via our Venues NSW website and our venue websites (ANZ Stadium, Bankwest Stadium, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, McDonald Jones Stadium and WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres), through notification directly to ticket holders, for ticketed events and via organisers of events for which they have the patron contact details.

 

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND OUR VENUES?

The health and safety of all who visit and work at our venues is our priority. We continue to closely monitor NSW Health and Government advice and are implementing recommendations as they are communicated.

We are also working closely with sporting codes, clubs and, ongoing, we will continue to work with our hirers and promoters.

We advise patrons to keep up to date on the latest information and advice provided by NSW Health.

If you feel unwell, we strongly encourage you to follow the advice of health authorities and avoid attending public events.

If you have had known contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, and/or travelled countries deemed high risk, you must self-isolate.

Contact surfaces (eg. food outlets) at our venues are frequently sanitised and our staff wash their hands frequently throughout their shifts. 

 

WILL YOU HAVE HAND SANITISERS AT YOUR VENUES?

NSW Health advises that the best defence is to use simple but effective hygiene practices such as regularly washing your hands using soap and water, followed by the use of a clean, dry paper towel.

All our venues have hand-washing facilities available in all toilet amenities throughout the venues.

Patrons are advised to bring their own personal hand sanitisers.

 

WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN AT MCDONALD JONES STADIUM TO REDUCE RISK OF TRANSMISSION?

Venues NSW and its operators are working closely with NSW Health, sporting codes, clubs and hirers to ensure every precaution is taken to reduce the risk of transmission at events.

Additional cleaning staff are on duty at the venue.

There has been and will be additional cleaning of high touch points around the venue, such as doors, elevator buttons and hand rails before, during and after events.

There are heightened health screening and hygiene protocols in place for staff and contractors.

 

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM UNCOMFORTABLE IN MY SEAT?

Seek the assistance of event staff at the ground. They are there to help you at all times.

 

WHAT DO I DO IF I START TO FEEL UNWELL AT THE STADIUM?

Please see event staff for medical assistance.

  • Venues NSW
  • ANZ Stadium
  • Bankwest
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre