IHNSW Update 25 September – Spectator Restrictions

For the information of all clubs and members – please see below updated IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines:


Following NSW Health’s and Office of Sport’s 24 September update for Community Sport activities, IHNSW now understands that the restrictions on spectators attending community sport (formerly 1 per junior, and none per senior) have been lifted from Saturday 26 September.

The latest NSW Health and Office of Sport information is located here: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-covid-19#Update%20as%20at%2019%20August

Whilst this is great news, there is still a limit on numbers of spectators that can attend games. All community sport activities (indoor and outdoor) are capped at a maximum of 500pax, and in the case of indoor venues, the capacity limit is 4 square metres per person available space.

Clubs, participants and spectators MUST adhere to the rink conditions of entry, and follow all instructions from staff and club appointed COVID marshals. This may include being asked to wait outside as the venue is currently at capacity and no further spectators will be allowed entry until space becomes available.

We ask all participants to continue to minimise the number of spectators they bring to activities, to allow everyone the opportunity to have friends/family in attendance within the venue capacity restrictions.

Once inside the venue, all spectators and participants must continue to comply with the IHNSW Return to Sport Guidelines and the rinks specific conditions of entry, including:

– 1.5m physical distancing at all times when not on the ice for people/groups not from the same household

– Participants should drive directly to the venue, compete, and then return to their homes following the activity – avoiding any social gatherings before or after the activity. There should be no car pooling or shared transport arrangements for participants not from the same household.

– all normal hygiene protocols are in place and being enforced

-All participants and visitors adhering to rink conditions of entry, sign in processes, contact tracing recording methods, temperature checks

There is no tolerance for abuse of rink staff or COVID marshals and anyone found to have done so will be called to an IHNSW tribunal to face possible suspension from future activities.

Further information and resources can be found under the COVID-19 Information heading on the IHNSW.com.au website – top right corner