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CHANGES TO OUR RULES &
PROCEDURES DURING COVID-19

Class times remain the same (except for Senior squads A,B & C)

We have kept class times and days the same as Pre lockdown, however squad A, B & C (Those who normally train Mon, Wed, Fri with Carmel, Ben or Ken for 4 hours will only train for 3 hours on these sessions but will maintain 4 ½ hours on Saturday. Thursday Training will be added later in the term)

All squads will also have a strong focus on “Prehab” with a lot less loading, and more focus on quality, rather than the quantity of work. We aim to gradually ramp up strength and conditioning, and use low impact alternatives for skill execution (eg: Air floor, trampolines etc)

Vaccination Requirements

Under the Public Health Order, all over 16’s must be fully vaccinated to enter the Gym, while athletes under 16 years of age can only attend provided both Parents are fully vaccinated. This is under the public health order until the 1st December.

We highly recommend all gymnasts aged 12 and over book in for vaccination as it is highly likely that this will be mandated in the future, and waiting until it is mandated will mean that you will have to sit out training until double vaccinated.

In addition, it is highly likely that Gym NSW will make it compulsory for all competitions.

Physical Distancing

Athletes and coaches are required to keep a minimum of 1.5 metres from each other, with a minimum of 4 square metres per person, and a maximum of 10 people per group. The 1.5 metre rule does not apply preschool age children (Kindy Kids Club and Kindergym classes) but it does apply to their parents and caregivers. (from SafeWork Australia)

Masks for 12 years and over

All athletes 12 years and older will need to wear a mask inside the building while waiting for class to start, and when not undergoing vigorous physical activity. Staff will be wearing masks at all times.

No Parents will be permitted in the Gym

During this pandemic, we will not be allowing parent spectators in the gym. We will have staff outside the gym to guide your children inside, and also back outside to you once their class is finished. Parents outside must maintain 1.5 metres distance from one another whilst waiting. Parents of Gymnasts attending a trial class will be permitted to spectate for the trial class only (after scanning in with the Service NSW App) and will kiss and drop from their child’s second lesson onwards.

Staggered breaks for squad athletes and Kindy Kids

Squad athletes who train 3 hours or more (as well as Kindy Kids Club) will have staggered breaks in their training sessions. The idea is to keep each squad in their own “bubble”. Gymnasts will of course be able to fill up drink bottles, use bathrooms etc, but it is important to minimise contact as much as practical.

Chalk

Higher level squad gymnasts will need to have their own container for a block of chalk, which will be for their use only. Chalk will not be shared between gymnasts

Personal Hygiene

Gymnasts and all staff will wash/sanitise hands when entering the gym, between apparatus rotations, before and after bathroom breaks and before leaving.

If unwell, stay at home!

Please do not bring your child to gym if they feel even the slightest bit unwell, of have any symptoms. Get tested and stay at home until you receive a negative result and follow the guidelines of the public Health orders. Any gymnasts who do will be isolated and sent home immediately.

Consistent Squads and No Makeup lessons

Our advice from medical professionals who have been working with Gymnastics Australia is that each squad or training group should be kept together, essentially isolating themselves from athletes in other squads. For this reason, Gymnasts will not be able to switch from their squad or class to another, and we will be unable to provide makeup lessons. Once we are advised otherwise, we will of course revert back to our standard policies regarding make up lessons, class changes etc

Cleaning of the Gym

Our gym will be disinfected twice daily, and all high touch surfaces will be cleaned between classes and apparatus rotations for squads.

Contact tracing

In the event we are notified of a COVID-19 case or exposure, we will be required to provide names and contact details of those who may have been exposed to Health Authorities for contact tracing purposes. By attending Gymnastics classes with us, you accept this and allow us to pass on your contact details to Health Authorities.

Any person entering the premises must scan in with the service NSW App.

Our staff are Vaccinated

All staff at Carmel & Co Gymnastics are fully vaccinated.