The current COVID-19 cluster in Greater Melbourne is a timely reminder to remain vigilant.
With Brisbane Cup 2 (pistol and rifle) and the QCTA State Titles (Shotgun) to commence in just over a week, we ask that everyone who is intending on attending these events (competitors, family and friends, officials and volunteers) take personal responsibility for common-sense and widely promoted COVID-safe measures as well as complying with any Government Health Advice that may impact state borders.
Shooting Australia continues to work through the Event Risk Management process with the Brisbane Cup 2 and QCTA State Titles Stakeholders and in accordance with the Event Risk Management Guidelines (https://shootingaustralia.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/COVID-Event-Risk-Guidelines-1.pdf).
With this morning’s announcement that Victoria is to enter a 7 day circuit breaker lockdown from 11:59pm tonight (Thursday 27 May 2021) until 11.59pm Thursday 3 June, this will impact those Athletes from Victoria who have entered Brisbane Cup 2 or the QCTA State Titles, and who are not already in Queensland. We empathise with you at this time and hope that you remain safe. We also ask that you keep fully informed and aware of the extended list of exposure sites and any enforced restrictions or requirements by visiting https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/.
Refunds will be offered to all Athletes who are now unavailable to attend either Brisbane Cup 2 or the QCTA State Titles.
For Brisbane Cup 2 refunds: email [email protected]
For QCTA State Titles refunds: email [email protected]
For any COVID-10 related concerns, there is a 24/7 Coronavirus hotline available on 1800 675 398. Help and support options are also available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/getting-help.
Despite the inability to attend for those within Victoria, both Brisbane Cup 2 and the QCTA State Titles will still proceed, and preparations will continue to this affect.
The following measures will be put into place for anyone entering Queensland (current at the time of this communication) and we note that these are likely to change throughout today:
- From 1am AEST Wednesday 26 May – anyone arriving into Queensland who has been in the City of Whittlesea local government area on or since May 11 will go into hotel quarantine unless they have a valid exemption.
- From 1am Thursday 27 May – everyone arriving from Victoria will be required to complete a border pass. Anyone of those arrivals who have been in the City of Whittlesea local government area on or since 11 May and are a non-resident will be turned away unless they have an exemption to enter the state. Queensland residents or those given an exemption to enter the state will go into hotel quarantine.
Full and up to date QLD border restriction details can be accessed via https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-COVID-19/current-status/urgent-COVID-19-update .
We have all experienced how quickly things can change in these COVID-times and how one infection can quickly become multiple. We also know that restrictions can be enforced or relaxed overnight and sometimes with short notice.
Any further updates will be communicated, where applicable, as soon as they come to hand.
At this time we also ask that you re-familiarise yourself with Shooting Australia’s COVID-19 guidelines (https://shootingaustralia.org/COVID-19-guidelines/ ) and:
- Do not attend an event if you are unwell
- Do not attend an event if you are required to self isolate
- Be vigilant with personal hygiene
- Register your attendance at the event each day
- Be vigilant when travelling
- Physical distance
- Familiarise yourself with COVID-safe plans
Please contact Shooting Australia Event Coordinator Jane Vella ([email protected]) with any queries or alternatively for information on COVID-19, you can call the Australian Governments National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.