LCSD ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF OUTDOOR GRASS AND ARTIFICIAL PITCHES

19 Jun 2020


The Government has announced that Leisure & Cultural Services outdoor grass and artificial pitches will be re-opened from Monday 22nd June 2020 – this is very welcome news.

We have clarified with Home Affairs Bureau, and they have confirmed that we are able to resume training with balls and equipment, however users must comply with the current Prevention & Control of Disease Regulations, specifically no more than 50 pax in a group.

 

In accordance with HKRU’s Return to Play Plan, this announcement allows a transition to Phase 2 - we are recommending that for the next 2 weeks training is focused on fitness, touch, ball skills and non-contact drills, and we will not be sanctioning any matches during this period – it is critical from a player welfare point of view that participants of all ages build up their fitness levels before engaging in competitive games. 

 

We are aiming to move to Phase 3, which would mean full contact training and matches, from 3rd July which is also when the Government will consider further relaxing the 50 pax rule.

 

In the meantime, a reminder of the importance of enhanced hygiene protocols for all players;

  • Everyone should proactively check their health status, self-monitor temperature changes and be vigilant of symptoms
  • Anyone who is feeling unwell should not come to the venue
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Athletes should not share towels, bar soap, clothing or any other personal item
  • Absolutely no sharing of water bottles. Players should bring their own labelled drink bottles
  • Avoid touching face, mouth and nose
  • Practice respiratory hygiene- no spitting, cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid shaking hands, high fives or hugging
  • Anyone with pre-existing health conditions (especially asthma, diabetes, or immunocompromised) should be extra vigilant, and consider not coming to the venue
  • No communal showering and players should limit use of changing rooms by arriving dressed and ready to train/ play
  • All balls and other equipment should be thoroughly and frequently cleaned

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