19 March 2020
Information About COVID-19 and events at the SCG
In response to expert medical advice aimed at reducing the rate of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Australian community, the Federal and NSW Governments have placed a restriction on public gatherings of 500 people or more.
The Australian Government has also announced that from midnight Sunday, March 15, all international arrivals to Australia must self-quarantine for 14 days.
The SCG – alongside other sports, events, governments and corporate organisations around the world – is taking steps to arrest the spread of the virus.
These announcements have implications for sporting fixtures scheduled at the SCG, which are to be played behind closed doors, postponed or suspended. These measures are in line with the steps taken by many major sporting competitions throughout the USA and across Europe.
Domestically, the NRL and AFL have announced that their competitions will play games for broadcast only (week commencing Monday March 16), with no supporters attending, while Super Rugby has been suspended ‘for the foreseeable future’.
The focus of the SCG’s efforts has been and will continue to be on the well-being and safety of our staff, members, athletes and visitors to the SCG precinct.
This is an unprecedented situation for all. The SCG will continue to share updates as new developments come to hand and decisions are made.
The below information is current as of March 19, 2020.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread from someone with the illness to their close contacts through contaminated droplets by coughing or sneezing, or by a person touching their face (eyes, nose or mouth) when their hands have touched contaminated surfaces or objects.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients may have fever, cough, tiredness, shortness of breath and other symptoms. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or severe respiratory distress.
How is it prevented?
• Clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• Avoid close contact with anyone with fever or cough.
What do I do if I am feeling unwell?
Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
If you develop a fever, cough, tiredness, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel, seek medical attention.
• Call your GP
• Visit the Emergency Department
• Call Healthdirect 1800 022 222
• If you require translation services please call 131 450.
Who should get tested?
NSW Health is recommending people with fever, cough or flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers, or a contact of a confirmed case, be tested for COVID-19.
Where do I get tested?
Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs or at a range of private pathology sites across the state that are suitable for collection of COVID-19. COVID-19/flu clinics have also been established at a number of public hospitals across NSW, but you should call your GP first before visiting one of these.
What does a test involve?
Infection with COVID-19 is diagnosed by swabs from the back of the nose and throat or fluid from the lungs in hospitalised patients.
Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs or at a range of private pathology sites across the state that are suitable for collection of COVID-19, or at public hospitals across NSW.
How soon will I get the result?
This testing can take up to two days to complete and report back.
How much will it cost?
There is no charge for Medicare card holders.
I have travelled to another country. What should I do?
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days, you should isolate yourself from others for 14 days
from the day you returned or arrived from overseas and monitor yourself for symptoms.
If you develop a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms, please call your doctor or healthdirect
on 1800 022 222 or if your symptoms are more severe visit your local Emergency Department.
If I am worried about having COVID-19, can I ask to get tested?
If you develop fever, cough, tiredness, shortness of breath or other symptoms and have travelled
overseas in the 14 days before developing symptoms, you should see your GP or visit your local
Emergency Department to be tested for COVID-19.
What do I do if I am suspected of having COVID-19?
Whilst you wait for your results, if your illness gets worse, you should call the doctor who cared for
you or the emergency department where you were assessed. If it is a medical emergency (e.g.
shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing) you should call Triple Zero (000).
If you are suspected of having COVID-19 you should:
• Stay at home
• Separate yourself from other people in the home
• Wear a surgical mask when in the same room as others and when accessing medical care.
Further information can be found at:
What does self-isolation mean? What does it mean for my family?
You should restrict your activities outside your home, except for seeking medical care. You should
not go to work, school/childcare/university, the gym, or public areas, and should not use public
transportation, taxis, or ride-shares, until cleared by your doctor.
If you are sharing the home with others, as much as possible, you should:
• remain separated from others
• wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as another person
• use a separate bathroom, if available.
• avoid shared or communal areas and wear a surgical mask when moving through these
• Make sure that you do not share a room with people who are at risk of severe disease,
such as elderly people and those who have heart, lung or kidney conditions or diabetes.
Are there enough face masks in NSW?
Additional supplies of face masks have been distributed for specific health workers by NSW Health
and the Australian Government to meet current demand. NSW Health will continue to monitor
supplies of face masks in NSW.
What is social distancing?
For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and
childcare - social distancing includes:
• avoiding crowds and mass gatherings
• avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces
• attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where
• avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
• avoiding visiting vulnerable people.
Who should practice social distancing?
Everyone should practice social distancing.
Are mass gatherings now banned?
All ‘non-essential’ mass gatherings of more than 100 people indoor and 500 people outdoor should
not occur. This does not include work, schools, universities and childcare.
What is considered ‘non-essential’, does it include religious celebrations and other festivals?
‘Non-essential’ mass gatherings includes religious celebrations, music festivals and sporting
Is it still safe for my child to attend school?
Yes, however any student or staff member who over the last 14 days has been overseas should be
in self-isolation for 14 days after they returned.
Staff and students who have been identified as close contacts of a person diagnosed with COVID-
19 during their infectious period must also self-isolate at home
Should I be bulk buying?
There is no need to bulk-buy products at supermarkets including toilet paper, paracetamol and
Households should have a small stock of non-perishable groceries to cover the event that in the
coming months the household is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
I live in regional and/or rural NSW, is the advice any different?
The same advice applies across NSW.
If you require further information you can call the COVID-19 Federal Government Hotline:
1800 020 080
If you require medical assistance call ahead to your GP or emergency department, or call
Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
For more information go to www.health.nsw.gov.au