These guidelines are based on Department of Health and Human Services advice and are consistent with the principles announced by Sport Australia on 9 May 2020.
Provided players comply with these guidelines, they may return to the courts to play croquet.
Please only play with others if you are in good health.
There is no explicit ban on players over 70. If you are suffering from a condition that puts you at risk, please stay away or arrange to practise on your own. Be careful to observe the hygiene requirements.
If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested and stay away until you are cleared. If the test is positive, please inform the club, and of course stay away until you are cleared.
Up to ten people may play at a time, provided everyone observes social distancing and hygiene rules. No spectators.
Keep an attendance register with the playing equipment (not further inside the clubhouse). We recommend that in order to assist with contact tracing, one person in each group records everyone's name, arrival and leaving times. Ensure that contact details for those attending are readily available.
Social singles and doubles are allowed, provided everyone observes social distancing and hygiene.
No competitive play - this means no internal competitions, no tournaments, no inter-club competitions.
Everyone is to keep at least 1.5 metres between themselves and anyone else.
If your toilet and hand basin are in a restricted space, consider arrangements to ensure social distancing when they are in use.
The club should ensure that players can access
Use your own mallet if possible.
For any playing session, arrange for each item of shared equipment to be handled by only one person. For example, the attendance register, the hoops, the peg, and any other shared equipment such as the trolley or corner pegs and lines.
If you have to use a club mallet, put out hoops / peg, get out balls, or handle other equipment:
In Association Croquet and Ricochet, the striker may only handle their own ball. When other balls need to be moved or positioned, this should be done with the foot or mallet.
Use disposable (single use) gloves to open the First Aid kit and deal with the emergency. Use the Personal Protection Equipment as required.
Afterwards, discard the disposable items and wash your hands before closing the First Aid kit.
Meetings of up to 10 people, held in the open air, are now allowed. Please keep a record of who attends.
Social distancing and hygiene rules must be observed. The clubrooms are to be closed except for access to the toilet and the First Aid Kit / defibrillator if need be.
You are now allowed to drive and/or use public transport to get to a venue for sport or recreation. Social distancing is advised. This means it would be preferable for people to travel only with people they share a house with.
Your local authority may ask for documentation showing what you are doing to comply with these guidelines.
This could include: