September 24, 2021

COVID19 EVENT REGULATIONS & FAQS

COVID19 EVENT REGULATIONS & FAQS

REGULATIONS

The following information will apply to all Golf NSW administered events. This does not include club managed events, therefore decisions and Terms regarding these events will be determined in conjunction with the Committee of each event.

Golf NSW will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost, or expense suffered by a competitor which was not reasonably foreseeable when participation was confirmed after the closing date, and/or was not directly caused by Golf NSW.

Golf NSW will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost, or expense suffered by a competitor as a result of a decision taken at any time by the Committee to amend, curtail or cancel the Championship.

Competitors are subject to all of the following:

  • The Golf NSW COVID Safe Plan
  • The host venue COVID Safe Plan
  • Any NSW Government guidance prior to or during the Championship

The Committee reserves the right to request proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or that a negative test result has been received not more than 72 hours in advance of the first day of the Championship, and failure to supply such proof within a reasonable timeframe after such request may result in the competitor being withdrawn from the Championship at any stage.

Important information for all players and attendees includes:

  • Public Health Orders and restrictions
  • Advice on how to proceed if a person has been associated with location that have been classified by NSW Health as needing action
  • Information on symptoms and when testing should be carried out

All entrants at Golf NSW events will be required at registration to declare that they adhere to this guidance in its entirety.

Which events do these FAQs refer to?

FAQs

The following FAQs refer to events administered by Golf NSW.

Note: This does not include club managed events, therefore decisions and Terms regarding these events will be determined in conjunction with the Committee of each event.

Will Golf NSW events be played given the evolving COVID situation?

The ultimate playing of each Golf NSW event will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on COVID-related circumstances leading up to and at the time of the event. If Golf NSW considers there are insufficient number of players able to contest the event due to COVID restrictions, or COVID restrictions make it impractical for the event to proceed, or impact its integrity, the event may be cancelled or rescheduled.

Events that do proceed will adhere to government restrictions in NSW and relevant information around these restrictions will be provided to entered players. These will likely change from time to time.

These measures may include matters regarding border restrictions; practice arrangements, event catering, and presentations; limitations on carts, caddies and spectators; modified rules of golf, and differing draw formats.

Social distancing will need to be maintained, including:

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible;
  • Refrain from any contact after the round with your playing partners (shaking hands, bumping elbows, hugging, kissing, etc); and
  • Practice good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene

Golf NSW reminds players that if they are unwell, please stay at home. Additionally, if players are in an at-risk category, consider whether contesting an event is necessary.

Golf NSW also encourages players to consider their own government authority advice at the time of an event. For clarification, if a state/territory government asks its residents to reconsider travel to a particular state/territory, players should bear this in mind when considering whether to contest an event.

What is the Golf NSW refund policy?

Players should check each event’s Terms of competition, however in general, for Golf NSW events a player is entitled to a full refund up until the release of the draw. Golf NSW will consider refunds up to five days prior to the first round of the event if they are due to medical, border closure or other extenuating circumstances.

Whilst at an event I develop COVID-like symptoms. What should I do?

At all times, the health and safety of players and other event and host club personnel is our main priority. You must advise a Golf NSW staff member or official as soon as possible if you are feeling unwell. Depending on the advice from the relevant government authority and Golf NSW, you may need to withdraw from the event. 

I noticed in the Terms of competition that Golf NSW can withdraw me from the event at any time for COVID related circumstances. What exactly are you referring to?

At all times, the health and safety of players and other event and host club personnel is our main priority. A player may be withdrawn from the event if for example, on the advice of the relevant government authority, a player must isolate because their playing partner had contracted COVID-19.

What happens if there is a COVID outbreak at an event (i.e. at the event venue or the event venue is in a “hotspot”)?

Golf NSW will work with NSW Health and the NSW Government to determine the safest action. Depending on the timing and severity of the outbreak, it may be that the event is cancelled, shortened, or a group of players are required to withdraw from the event.

What happens if circumstances change once I am at an event and I incur costs in returning home (for example I cannot return to my home state or require hotel or other quarantine on arrival back to my home state because of COVID restrictions). Will Golf NSW cover my costs?

No. Golf NSW takes no responsibility should you be impacted by border closures or other circumstances as a result of COVID-19 (for clarification, if for example, you cannot return to your home state, or you require hotel or other quarantine on arrival back to your home state, this is at your expense).

What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place at Golf NSW events?

Golf NSW events are currently being played in accordance with NSW Health and NSW Government guidance.

Golf NSW will operate at each event a series of measures which ensure all requirements of NSW Health and NSW Government are adhered to, and these may change from time to time as state government requirements evolve.

These measures may include matters regarding border restrictions; practice arrangements, event catering, and presentations; limitations on carts, caddies and spectators; and differing draw formats.

Social distancing will need to be maintained at all times, including:

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible;
  • Refrain from any contact after the round with your playing partners (shaking hands, bumping elbows, hugging, kissing, etc); and
  • Practice good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene

Golf NSW reminds players that if they are unwell, please stay at home. Additionally, if they are in an at-risk category, consider whether contesting an event is necessary.

Players will receive communication about the COVID-19 restrictions that will be in place at the event prior to the event starting.  All players and attendees are required to ensure they aware of and abide by all COVID-19 restrictions in place by the host club and Golf NSW.