Hello OMCC Members,
I am writing to you to provide an update on the COVID-19 Policy. In October we wrote to all members informing you that OMCC had taken a decision to open the club grounds and how we were aligning to the current government requirements at the time. This obligated the club when it re-opened on the 24th October to verify vaccine certificates prior to members attending the club grounds.
As we committed to, the Committee’s position would be reassessed as vaccination rates within the community increased and the various state and governing bodies positions became clearer.
As you will no doubt appreciate, the government requirements have been a moving target of what rules apply as the population has continued through the various 70%, 80% and 90% vaccination thresholds.
As well as the Vic Government, we also run under AMA affiliation that provided guidance on this issue however this was applicable in QLD only and we’ve been waiting for Victorian guidance before moving on this.
After communication with the AMA in the last week, I am pleased to announce the following change with immediate effect.
What IS changing:
- In line with the Victorian Government Guidelines and AMA guidance, you are no longer required to show vaccination status to attend the club grounds or partake in OMCC events.
What is NOT changing:
- If any member has any COVID symptoms or has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID, they must not attend the club until directed safe to do so by health authorities.
- The club has registered with the Vic Government QR code system, and so both QR codes will need to be scanned. One for Contact Tracing purposes and one for the existing clubs link to register riders with the AMA for Indemnity & Liability while riding.
- Continue to physically distance.
- Wear face masks when required.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces (Club rooms, Kitchen, Toilets).
- Act quickly if participants, volunteers or organisers become unwell.
I am also aware some members would prefer unvaccinated members not attend the club however the Victorian Government vaccine mandates do not extend to community sport & recreation clubs now that the community vaccination targets have been met and this is consistent with AMA guidance.
I’ve been given feedback that the vast majority of our members are pleased with how the club has handled this tumultuous period, and for everyone’s sake we do hope the major impacts are now behind us. That said, we are aware there were a small number of members who were adversely impacted by these obligations over the last 3-4 months. For that the club extends its sympathy to the impacted individuals.
Regards, The OMCC Committee.