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With the current COVID-19 restrictions constantly changing, how do they impact bike riders? 

Firstly, it is important to stay up to date by checking the NSW Health website as restrictions are changing rapidly and new locations are being added to the list for reported COVID-19 cases.

Changes For Sport

It is important to keep practicing physical distancing when riding with people who are not in your household. If you are meeting with a riding group for a ride, be sure to stay 1.5 metres away from each other. This includes pre, during (such as stopping at red lights) and after the ride. 

The rider organiser (often the Ride Leader or Ride Captain) should document contact information for all ride participants. This will help with contact tracing, if necessary. 

If stopping for a meal or drink with your riding group, we recommend getting takeaway and sitting in a large open space such as a park. This will enable you to physically distance yourself better and allow for better ventilation than a closed indoor building. 

Please be advised of the new QR Code System (as per 1 January 2021). All hospitality venues will be required to use a QR code and it is therefore advisable to bring a smart phone with the QR code app already installed on your phone and a form of ID (such as a driver's licence) should you plan to go to a coffee shop or another hospitality venue.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and isolate until you have the results or have been other directed by NSW Health

Travel 

NSW Health currently recommends delaying all non-essential travel between:

  • Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas

AND

  • Rural and regional NSW 

This is to help stop any potential spread of COVID-19 from Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas with rural/regional NSW.

If you live in a regional/rural area, we recommend replanning any rides that would pass through Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas. 

If you are planning to travel interstate, please check each state/territory current border restrictions as many people will need to isolate for 14 days. 

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas

As of midnight last night, it became mandatory for anyone in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas to wear a fitted face covering in most indoor settings, including: 

  • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
  • public and community transport
  • indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)
  • places of public worship
  • hair and beauty premises
  • tattoo parlours
  • massage parlours
  • betting agencies
  • gaming areas in licensed premises.

Under the current public health orders, a fitted face covering means a mask or other covering that

  • fits securely around the face, and
  • is designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.

This means, if you are planning to stop by the shops for some groceries on the way home when riding, or are planning to catch a train with your bike, you will need to wear a mask. 

We encourage all riders to carry a mask with them, just in case, to avoid receiving a $200 on the spot fine. It is not mandatory to wear a mask when riding. 

Sydney’s Northern Beaches 

From 3 January, Sydney’s northern zone of the Northern Beaches should follow the “stay at home” rules. 

This means, residents can only leave their residence to: 

  • shop for food or other goods and services
  • travel for work or education, where you cannot work or learn from home
  • Exercise
  • get medical care or supplies, or to fulfil carer's responsibilities.

Residents are not able to leave the north zone of the N0rthern Beaches and most state/territory borders will be closed.

Residents from other areas are not allowed to visit the north zone of the N0rthern Beaches. This also means bike riders are not allowed to ride into and back out of the Northern Beaches (or vice versa).

Masks are also mandatory within this area. 

Rural and regional NSW

For residents in rural and regional areas, you may continue your bike rides. Be sure to maintain physical distancing and document all contact information for any group rides. 

If you were planning ride/s passing through Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas we recommend replanning these rides. If you do ride through these areas and stop, please note you will need to wear a mask in most indoor settings. 

Be sure to stay up to date with the NSW Health restrictions to help stop the spread. 

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