Coronavirus (COVID-19) – An Update from FJFC
March 17, 2020
Dear FJFC Community
In light of the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Federal Government yesterday provided advice to the sports involved in the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (AFL, Netball, Soccer, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Tennis) that community sport should continue across Australia with government restrictions to limit gatherings to less than 500 people, adhere to travel restrictions, and to the previously published hygiene guidelines. The following reasons were provided:
- For the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the community;
- There is no suggestion or evidence that the virus can be transmitted through sweat.
However, FJFC have received notification that umpires are unavailable for practice matches, and after discussion with the competing clubs, a collective decision has been made and the upcoming practice matches have been cancelled.
Based on community feedback there is a rising sentiment that local sport should be suspended given discussions about ‘social distancing’.
As a result, the Committee recommends to the FJFC community to suspend training and non-essential meetings until the end of the Victorian Term 1 School Holidays.
We encourage our community to continue to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others. We also encourage the community to keep active, get outdoors (take a footy) and take care of their wellbeing based on what is right for yourselves and your family at this current point of time.
We will communicate updates on the state of play with the most up to date information and regarding the season start as the YJFL is closely monitoring the situation and still intends to have a footy season – pending all official government and AFL advice.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns and [email protected] is one way to reach out.
Let’s continue to support each other and we appreciate your patience.