COVID-19
SAFETY PLAN

THE FORUM
DIFFERENCE

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Last updated 11 January 2022

Newcastle and the Hunter region has been impacted by a surge of positive COVID-19 cases.
Newcastle University Sport (NUsport) wishes everyone a safe and healthy 2022. Please take care of yourself and each other.

Throughout the pandemic, NUsport has always prioritised the safety of our staff and Forum community and will continue to ensure we manage and respond to this emerging situation with safety as our top priority.

As a result of the recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases, NUsport is taking the proactive approach with an added layer of precaution to keep you safe.

Therefore, effective immediately our conditions of entry have been temporarily updated for all of The Forum’s facilities until further notice:

  • All members and guests 16 years and over MUST be double vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required upon entry for each visit. On failure to demonstrate your double vaccination status, we regrettably cannot permit you entry. As per NSW Health, businesses may continue requiring customers to be fully vaccinated and request to see proof of vaccination as a condition of entry to protect the well-being of staff and customers.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times indoors with the exception of eating, drinking, showering and swimming. Whilst masks are not required when exercising as per NSW Public Health Orders we strongly recommend that you do given the current environment.
  • Services NSW QR Code check ins remain mandatory in line with the NSW Government Public Health Order.

We understand that these temporary measures may be frustrating and uncomfortable, however it is important that we all play our part in keeping the community safe.

If these temporary updates to NUsport’s conditions of entry, impact your ability to access The Forum facilities, please reach out to the team at ask@theforum.org.au

NUsport will keep you updated as to any changes to our operations over this period of disruption.

Newcastle University Sport – The Forum is a registered COVID Safe business.

Newcastle University Sport is taking a proactive role in in the development of a centralized and consistent COVID Safety plan. The purpose of this plan is to ensure all elements of its operations and associated entities are ready to recommence operations in a safe, responsible and low risk manner once the risks arising from COVID-19 are mitigated as far as reasonably practicable.

The NUsport COVID safety Plan has been developed in conjunction with the NUsport Senior executive, Chief Executive Officer, COVID-19 Safety Coordinator’s and partners within University of Newcastle.

The plan makes consideration for:

  • The 3-step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia
  • National COVID-19 safe workplace principles
  • Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)
  • The AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19
  • Environment (AIS Framework)
  • National Cabinet Principles for Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities.

COVID-19 Safety Coordinators
Corporate
Natalie Tadros
Natalie.Tadros@theforum.org.au
Sport
Monique Smith
Monique.Smith@theforum.org.au

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Increased Cleaning

  • Our Team Members are actively enforcing the COVID Safety Plan.
  • Our Team members are conducting ongoing cleaning within the venue during your visit. Safe Work Australia Guidelines are adhered to with all cleaning procedures.
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Forum Safety Standards

  • All Team Members have completed the Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training.
  • Hygiene Marshal.
  • Sweat towels are compulsory.
  • Mandatory Services NSW QR Code check in.
  • Masks are mandatory.
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Social Distancing

  • All members and staff will adhere to 1.5 metres distancing at all times.
  • Our team will actively support this practise.

KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE

At this time, our Forum community is more important than ever. Newcastle University Sport and The Forum facilities continue to operate within alignment with Public Health Orders and restrictions.

You can further assist our team and your fellow community members stay safe by adhering to The Forum 's strict Safety Standards and the following guidelines.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

The health and safety of our Forum Community and Team Members is our top priority.

The Forum has a COVID Safety Plan in place and two appointed COVID-19 Safety Coordinators. Our COVID Safety Plan is guided by and continuously updated in line with the latest advice from the Australia Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), Department of Health, NSW State Government and Fitness Australia.

Our Team Members are actively enforcing the COVID Safety Plan to ensure the health and safety of our Forum Community. To ensure your safety, all Team Members have completed the COVID-19 infection control training issued through the Australian Government Department of Health.

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE for Safety Standards not being followed. We will not tolerate behaviour that is abusive, aggressive or puts our Team Members and community at risk.

Customers NOT following The Forum Safety Standards will be asked to leave and may have their access denied in the future.

Our Team Members are conducting ongoing cleaning within the venue during your visit. Safe Work Australia Guidelines are adhered to with all cleaning procedures.

All NUsport operations are operating within alignment of NSW Government Public Health Orders and Restrictions.

YOUR COMMITMENT TO US

  • Masks are to be worn at all times indoors with the exception of eating, drinking, showering and swimming. Whilst masks are not required when exercising as per NSW Public Health Orders we strongly recommend that you do given the current environment.
  • Service NSW QR code check in and check out is mandatory.
  • Stay home if you are unwell and currently experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms or have been to any NSW COVID-19 case locations identified in the last 14 days.
  • Adhere to NSW Government Public Health Orders and Restrictions.
  • Adhere to NUsport's strict COVID Safety Plan when in the venue.
  • Adhere to Social Distancing restrictions. You must stay 1.5 metres apart from our Team and fellow members. Follow the directions of our Team Members at all time.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, either with soap and water or hand sanitiser. Apply hand sanitiser on arrival and exit of the venue. We encourage you to carry and use your own personal hand sanitiser while in the venue.
  • Sweat towels are compulsory. Use a clean sweat towel for each session. We recommend you use one as a barrier on the equipment and one to towel perspiration while exercising.
  • Clean and disinfect your equipment before and after use. Cleaning stations are available with high-grade disinfectant and paper towel.
  • Follow the strict COVID Safe directions for entering and exiting the venue. Team Members will be providing directions and adhere to signage throughout the venue.
  • Adhere to the strict booking system for Group Fitness classes.
  • Exit the venue at the conclusion of your activity. Please do not loiter within the venue.
  • Follow the direction of our Team Members at all times.

Outdoor Training

  • Wear appropriate clothing suitable for the elements.

Group Fitness

  • Classes require bookings through The Forum app.
  • Adhere to social distancing restrictions. You must stay 1.5m apart.

Gym

  • Train at a safe distance by using the markings set out within the gym to complete your work out.
  • No equipment is to be moved, excluding functional equipment.
  • Treat the gym space with respect.
  • Follow the 30-minute time limit on all cardio machines and squat racks.
  • Only use equipment which is available. Do not use equipment which has been sectioned off.
  • No sharing of equipment. During this time super setting and spotting is NOT permitted.
  • Please see the Gym Instructor to set up a safe training station to perform your workout.
  • Notify a Team Member of any equipment damages, repairs or members not following The Forum’s Safety Standards.
  • Covered shoes are always required. No bare feet or socks permitted for workouts.
  • Return all equipment after use.

 

NUsport's COVID-19 Safety Plan (Gyms and Recreation)

NUsport's COVID-19 Safety Plan (Outdoor Events)

NUsport's COVID-19 Safety Plan (Office Spaces)

NUsport's COVID-19 Safety Plan (Community Sport)