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Update on public activity at the AIS campus

30 June 2020

With the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions and a return to sport, some public activity has resumed at the AIS campus beginning Monday 6 July.

When has / might public activity resume at the AIS campus

We understand the value of the AIS campus to the community, particularly Canberra’s community, and we have every intention of resuming business as usual when we see it safe and appropriate.

While the campus has been closed, we have taken the opportunity to progress some improvement works across the campus.

So as restrictions continue to be eased, we may still require some limitations on public activities until these works are completed and in order to comply with ACT Public Health Directions.

We are also constantly monitoring the evolving situation across Australia, in particular the rates of community transmission in Victoria and NSW. We thank you for your ongoing understanding.

Accordingly, the AIS is considering a possible resumption of public activity on the AIS campus in accordance with the following target phases [updated 21-10-2020]

Public activity -& program-

Possible resumption pending further safety assessments

Fitness Centre

From Monday 13 July 2020, access to the gym for Fitness Centre members resumed including some fitness classes and personal training sessions.

From Monday 3 August, Aqua and Recovery classes also resumed.

Public Swimming

From Monday 20 July 2020, public swimming resumed in the 25m pool only.

Lanes will only be made available when the pool is not being used for high performance training.

The 50m pool will remain closed to the public until at least November 2020.

Swim School

Swim school will not operate during Term 3.

Swim School will resume on 2 November for Term 4, with limited and modified classes in the 25m pool only.

Club Aquatics

Club Aquatics will not operate for the remainder of 2020.

We hope to resume Club Aquatics in 2021.

School holiday program

The school holiday program will not operate in the July and October school holidays.

We hope to resume the school holiday program for the January school holidays, including Swim Intensive program.

AIS café & Shop

The AIS cafe and AIS (physical) Shop are closed until further notice.

The Shop's online store remains open all the time for your convenience.

AIS Tours

AIS Tours remain suspended.

We hope to resume AIS Tours in 2021 [updated 17-08-20].

Group accommodation & camps

There will be no public and school group stays on site for the remainder of 2020.

We hope to resume stays on site in 2021, but no sooner than April 2021.

Grass & synthetic fields

From Monday 6 July, access for club and community group training and other activities resumed.

Track and Field Centre

From Monday 6 July, access for public training resumed. Please consult the website and Facebook pages for further details regarding times and restrictions.

Bookings for club and community groups also resumed subject to availability.

Indoor training facilities

From Monday 2 November, access for club and associations group training and other activities will resume subject to availability.

AIS ArenaDue to required infrastructure works, we do not anticipate the AIS Arena re-opening prior to July 2021.

Safety considerations

The resumption of public activity at the AIS Campus will only occur subject to the advice from AIS health professionals and in accordance with the ACT Public Health Emergency Directions applying at the time.

Any resumption of public activity will be in accordance with strict COVID Safe measures to ensure the health and safety of staff, athletes and all members of the public. We have also enhanced all cleaning and hygiene protocols across the campus.

We will endeavour to provide advanced notice of any resumption of public activity. If there are any changes to programs and activity at the AIS campus, this will be communicated via our website, as well as the Visit AIS, Aquatic & Fitness Centre and Track and Field Centre Facebook pages. Existing customers may also be contacted directly should any changes apply.

Even when any public activity resumes on the AIS campus, we will continue to monitor the situation constantly and may suspend activity should there be a need to due to health and safety concerns.

Community Responsibilities

While restrictions are easing, our collective responsibilities haven't. It is your responsibility to:

  • continue practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene and physical distancing; and
  • stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

When undertaking any sport and physical activity, you should:

  • abide by the “get in, train, get out” principal and not gather in communal areas before or after activity;
  • ensure you properly clean any equipment used (eg fitness equipment, balls etc) before and after use;
  • if swimming, reduce contact with other swimmers, particularly if you are sharing lanes; and
  • reduce contact with other people, particularly if you are in a class and try to main physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people.

COVIDSafe app

Help us return to sport and physical activity by downloading the COVIDSafe app.

Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends, and save the lives of other Australians.

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