HOPES of community sport resuming in the Riverina suffered a major blow over after the state government confirmed it isn't among the activities permitted to restart after the region was cleared to emerge from lockdown.
Several leagues like AFL Riverina (Riverina and Farrer Leagues), Group 20 Rugby League, Southern Inland Rugby Union and Football Wagga had devised contingency plans in the hope shortened finals series could be played should lockdown end on Friday, which was confirmed today.
But deputy premier John Barilaro confirmed community sport hasn't been given the green light to go ahead.
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"For those areas coming out of lockdown, you are not coming back to a pre-lockdown environment," Barilaro said.
"There's rules around certain activities that won't recommence, community sport won't be permitted."
However in good news for local racing clubs, it was confirmed that 'major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5000 people."
Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people while sporting facilities, including swimming pools, can reopen.
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