Official Media Release

Ready, Set, Go – Gyms and Kids Sport to Return to Upper Hunter Electorate

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that gyms, yoga, indoor pools and dance studios can reopen within a fortnight, from June 13, and kids’ community sport can resume across NSW from 1 July, as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Mr Johnsen has thanked the community for its patience while the Government works through its COVID-19 recovery plan, which is built around health advice.

“I am so proud of the way the Upper Hunter Electorate community has followed the health advice and played their part to flatten the curve to such a point where we can now re-introduce kids’ sports and open gyms,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Sport and exercise boosts morale and this is exactly what NSW needs right now.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government was committed to doing all they can to get as many people back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

“Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times and following a safety plan is key to keeping people safe,” Mr Barilaro said.

“A COVID-19 safety plan will need to be in place but the re-opening of kids’ sporting competitions from 1 July will give groups and local government which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes.

“Sport plays such an important role for communities across NSW, so I am pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume.”

From 13 June, the following will be allowed:

  • Fitness, gymnasiums, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to 10 people per class and 100 people in an indoor venue;
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen;
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can also reopen with restricted numbers;
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients

The four square metre rule must be applied at all times.

Community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July.

A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.