THE NSW Government has paved the way for senior sport in the Riverina to resume next month.
As of July 1, adult community sport can recommence in line with the return of their junior counterparts.
The announcement gives the green light for senior competitions such as Group Nine, Riverina League, Farrer League, Football Wagga and Southern Inland Rugby Union to push ahead with their return to play plans.
NSW's Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee, welcomed the return of community sport.
"Sport is the lifeblood of our community and it gives me great pleasure to say adult sports can return to their competitions at the same time as 18 years and under," Lee said.
"We have reduced the spread of COVID-19 to the point where further restrictions can be lifted. It is only because communities have followed the strict social distancing guidelines that this announcement is possible."
Importantly, the NSW Government says food and drink premises in 'stadiums' can open, subject to the same requirements that apply in other food and drink premises and pubs and clubs.
NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said, on the basis of health advice, crowds could not gather in the 'stands' at this point.
But it is believed crowds of 500 are allowed at outside venues.
"Today's announcement is about a staged re-opening of the sports economy in a way that minimises the risk to the public. This makes a level playing field for sports stadiums, in line with the clubs and pubs re-opening to patrons," Hazzard said.
The release says 'stadium operators' will be required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 safety management plan.
It must also operate with restricted numbers, one person per four square metres, and keep contact details of persons entering the premises.