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COVID-19 and Sporting Activity

Current advice for those using the AIS Canberra Campus

Last updated 22 December 2021

This update is for athletes and sports using the AIS site, and for staff that have direct contact with these athletes. These requirements will be reviewed continuously based on the recommendations and mandates from ACT Health.

All campus users should exercise an abundance of caution when in public spaces during the current high-risk of exposure in ACT.

Risk mitigation measures include:

  • Work from home wherever possible and only come onto the site for essential reasons.
  • Essential workers that need to come onto the AIS Campus will be required to wear a mask indoors, limit face-to-face meetings and minimise movement around the site.
  • Use the QR code check-in app when entering campus buildings.
  • Avoid unnecessary public indoor settings.
  • Those eligible for a third COVID-19 dose should have it at the earliest opportunity. Information for booking your COVID-19 booster is provided from ACT Health here.
  • Open doors and windows to optimise ventilation.
  • Maintain physical distance from others where possible.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms should avoid the AIS Campus, isolate and get tested immediately.

Adhering to the above measures will be key factors in determining if an individual is considered a close or casual contact and any quarantine implications.

ACT Health has advised that close contacts (and their household members) of individuals infected with the Omicron variant are required to quarantine for 14 days.

These restrictions are essential to ensure we can provide a COVID-safe environment for you and others on site.

For those continuing to use the facilities on the campus, it is essential that adherence to allocated booking times and spaces is always maintained in order to minimise any cross over of groups and to allow the necessary time for cleaning to occur in between different users.

For Centre of Excellence sports, can you please forward on these updates to any engaged providers that are involved in supporting your respective programs (eg. CoE servicing staff/contractors).

General Advice

Key points

  • If you have any symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, runny nose, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, unexplained fatigue, muscle aches) do not attend work/training AND get tested as soon as symptoms develop.
  • Communal indoor settings such as domestic/family gatherings, religious services, clubs, pubs, cafes, restaurants, communal living facilities (nursing homes, hotels, cruise ships) remain high risk for outbreaks.
  • ACT requirements for mask-wearing indoors need to be followed. Details can be found here.
  • Masks are still required for all appointments in AIS Sports Medicine and Physical Therapies.
  • We encourage you to still wear a mask in any crowded settings.
  • CoE/Camps wanting to bring visitors (eg. visiting coaches, guest speakers, family of athletes etc) onto the AIS need to provide sufficient notice in order for COVID screening protocols to be carried out beforehand. Please forward any requests to ais-hpcamps@ausport.gov.au
  • There have been recent cases of COVID19 in the community in most states/territories. With this in mind, we recommend that all athletes/staff planning on coming to the AIS should follow the ‘restricted activities’ requirements before coming onsite.
  • A guide to how to safely put on and take off a mask can be found here.
  • The current ACT Health testing and isolation requirements for those exposed to COVID19 can be found here for the most up to date ACT Health advice.
  • For anyone travelling to the ACT, you should follow requirements of your State/Territory public health authority. The information we provide relates to coming to the ACT/AIS, not your return home. More information can be found here:

Contact us

If you have any medical questions about COVID-19 (including about travel or any symptoms) please contact the AIS Medicine doctor attached to your sport or Dr Richard Saw (Lead Physician – AIS Sports Medicine) at Richard.saw@ausport.gov.au or 02 6214 1253.

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