The COVID-19 Pandemic has evolved and changed, and so have measures that impact group riding and activities.
During the first week in July, increased community transmission of COVID-19 led to the NSW border being closed to Victorians, the 6 week lockdown of many Melbourne suburbs and hard lockdown of some buildings.
This comes after thousands of people presented for COVID-19 tests following potential exposure in the Inner West of Sydney, an hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was fined $5,500 for a crowded line-up and an Australian Defence Force lockdown related to exposure at a Casula pub.
Current legislation limits indoor and outdoor gatherings, and a return to community sport has been allowed with strict COVID-safe plans. Bicycle NSW has provided ride leaders and BUGs with a training resource to help keep group rides COVID-safe.
“We appreciate that most people are doing their best to stay COVID-safe, but photographs on social media from weekend rides show that some people are forgetting physical distancing,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Bicycle NSW cares about the health and nobody wants more lockdowns in NSW, so we’re asking everyone to stay COVID-safe,” said Bastien.
NSW residents have been advised not to visit or leave towns on the NSW - Victorian border unless absolutely necessary. Bicycle NSW recognises that the rules may also change rapidly to enable governments to control infection.
We encourage members to share physical distancing tips and images with us, and to stay safe.