UPDATE – 13 March: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 13 March 2020
As you are no doubt aware, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasingly having an impact on the global community and is a rapidly evolving issue.
Basketball Queensland (BQ) will continue to monitor updates from Basketball Australia, the Australian Department of Health, Queensland Health and the Australian Institute of Sport to ensure we play our part in limiting the potential risks in relation to the spread of the virus.
Presently there are no restrictions on events where large numbers of people congregate, but we are conscious of the need to monitor any developments with COVID-19 and will act in accordance with advice from the relevant authorities.
BQ commits to providing additional information to our members as it becomes available, and to keeping our community updated on any disruptions to the delivery of regular programs or events, should they occur.
To that end, we would encourage all our Members to refer to the dedicated COVID-19 website that has been created by the Australian Institute of Sport: www.ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19
The webpage contains an overview of the currently available information on Coronavirus and specific advice relevant to sport.
Advice to Associations and Clubs
All of our Member Associations and Clubs should stay up to date with advice issued by Queensland Health regarding COVID-19 and should also follow health and safety practices regarding the regular cleaning of equipment and facilities, including bathrooms, change rooms, canteens and common areas, and the provision of hand washing/sanitising facilities.
Advice to all participants
COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to frequently wash your hands.
To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:
- cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
- staying home if you are unwell
If you are feeling unwell, please see your doctor immediately. Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so necessary precautions can be undertaken.
Any participants who have been in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 case must not attend any training sessions, games, trials, events or other activities conducted by BQ or any affiliated BQ Associations or Clubs until 14 days after exposure to the infected individual, providing they do not show Coronavirus symptoms.
- Basketball Australia: Statement on the Australian Under-18 Championships & Kevin Coombs Cup
- Australian Institute of Sport
- Queensland Health
- Australian Government Department of Health