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Update on public activity at the AIS campus October 2021

14 October 2021

With the ACT easing out of lockdown through its Pathway Forward, please find below some information relating to the resumption of activity at the AIS campus.

When 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 will resume activity when we see it safe, appropriate and viable in accordance with the ACT Public Health Directions. We are also constantly monitoring the evolving situation, in particular the rates of vaccination and community transmission in the ACT and across Australia.

Any resumption of public activity will only occur when this is completely separate to, and with no crossover with, any high performance athlete activity on campus.

So as restrictions continue to be eased, we may still require some limitation on public activities.

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: 19-10-21]


Possible resumption

Public Swimming

From Monday 1 November, public swimming will resume.

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

Swim School

Swim school will not operate during Term 4.

The Swim Intensive Holiday Program will operate during the January school holidays.

The Swim School will resume in Term 1.

Club Aquatics

Club Aquatics will not operate for the remainder of 2021.

We hope to resume Club Aquatics in 2022.

Indoor training facilities

There will be no access for club and associations group training and other activities for the remainder of 2021. We hope to resume access in 2022.

Grass & synthetic fields

From Monday 1 November, access for club and community group training and other activities resumed.

Track and Field Centre

From Monday 1 November, 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.

AIS cafeThe cafe is open 7 days per week, 7:30am to 6:00pm in support of the AIS Arena Mass Vaccination Clinic.

AIS Shop

The AIS (physical) Shop may re-open from Monday 1 November.

The Shop's online store is temporarily suspended while we implement a new eCommerce platform. We are hoping to go live in November with a new store. Stay tuned for our re-opening sale.

AIS Tours (School Group Visits)

Bookings are only being taken for school group visits from February 2022.

Tours of the AIS and access to Sportex for the general public remain suspended and unlikely to resume in 2022.

Group accommodation & camps

There will be no public and school group stays on site for the remainder of 2021.

We are considering sports camps resuming in 2022 subject to availability.

Conference and meeting facilities Conference facilities, including meeting rooms and theatrettes, will remain closed to the public for the remainder of 2021.
AIS ArenaThe AIS Arena is only open for use as a mass vaccination clinic and not for any other public use.

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 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 Centre and Track and Field Centre Facebook pages. Existing customers may also be contacted directly should any changes apply.

Even as 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 or otherwise required to quarantine and get tested if you have any 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 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.

Check In CBR

All visitors to the AIS campus must register using the Check In CBR app, even for brief visits such as collecting takeaway from the AIS cafe.

Visitors using the Aquatic Centre will have to Check In as well as swiping their membership card.

There are posters placed at all venues with the QR code for you to scan.

If you don't have a phone capable of using the Check in CBR app, then we encourage you to apply for a Check In CBR card as this will assist us greatly to check you in.

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