As we eagerly anticipate a return to basketball across the state in the next few weeks, we know associations and clubs are busy preparing as best they can to get people on the court as safely and quickly as possible.
There are a number of questions surrounding a return to the court including any vaccination requirements.
The health and safety of basketball participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff members is important to us at Basketball Victoria as we return to sport.
Throughout the last two years we have followed the Restricted Activity Directions, issued by the Chief Health Officer and recommendations of Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicSport and other industry bodies to ensure the safety of our members and their families.
The Victorian Government is yet to confirm if those eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will need to show they are fully vaccinated to play, coach, officiate or attend any basketball venue and which age groups it applies too (ie 12+ or 16+), however we anticipate that this will be the requirement for the foreseeable future and hope to have detailed information in the next week.
We understand there may be administrative and logistical challenges with the management of a vaccination policy and we are advocating to have clear and simple protocols for the community to adhere to. There are currently trials of technology and process underway in some regional areas of Victoria. Individuals can verify their vaccination status through the updated Medicare Express and Services Victoria apps where the vaccination certificate can be saved, ready to show it upon entry to a venue.
We encourage all Victorians who are currently eligible to receive a vaccine to book an appointment and get vaccinated to help get everyone back on court as soon as possible.
We will have a further update around vaccination requirements and the return to sport as soon as available.