I want to thank those clubs who have made contact seeking advice on the current situation regarding how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could potentially impact our competitions, players and members.
Whilst we are at a very low level risk at this stage it is important that we start to put in place protocols and procedures for dealing with any infection which might arise. It must be stressed that the BFNL will be guided by advice from the relevant experts, government bodies and the AFL. As we receive further advice this will be forwarded to clubs as a priority.
Whilst the occurrence of transmission of COVID – 19 within Victoria is low at this stage it is important that community football netball clubs take steps now to assist in ensuring that your members are working to keep each other safe.
There are three Victorian Dept of Health and Human Services posters attached highlighting the recommended practices in community environments which we are requesting all clubs display and inform their members of what the expectations are.
The BFNL, in conjunction with AFL Goldfields will be working to explore procedures and protocols that may need to be put in place for when seasons are getting underway.
In the short term members of your club should have highlighted to them the information in the general advice poster if they begin to suffer from any of the symptoms which are highlighted in this document then the actions outlined need to be taken.
If there is a case of COVID -19 diagnosed with anyone in your club you are requested to immediately make contact with your league Operations Manager, who will follow up to provide further advice.
All clubs need to put in place protocols around the sharing of drink bottles to ensure that this practice doesn’t become a factor which will lead
to the transmission of the virus.
AFL Goldfields will remain in close contact with AFL Victoria and will forward any updated advice which is received through to clubs.