Have just sent the following out to states.
The OA Board has considered the updated advice on community sport provided today by the Australian Government (https://www.sportaus.gov.au/media_centre/news/mini...
). The main new Government recommendation which is relevant to orienteering is the avoidance of inter-district travel; other recommendations are either incorporated in existing guidance or not relevant to orienteering.
OA recommends that State Associations suspend State League/OY (or equivalent) events, except where they are taking place in a metropolitan region and are not expected to draw significant attendance from outside that region (e.g. Orienteering ACT events held in the ACT).
Metropolitan area events, and local events run by regional clubs which are primarily targeted to members of those clubs, are able to continue under existing guidance, should State Associations/clubs wish to do so.
The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at greatest risk. Competitors over the age of 70, and those with underlying medical conditions, should reconsider their attendance at events.
You will be aware that numerous other sports have suspended all competitions. Orienteering is in a better position than most sports to carry out social distancing recommendations, because of its nature as an individual non-contact sport taking place over large areas of terrain. Nonetheless we are continuing to assess the situation and updated Government guidance and will provide updated recommendations as and when required.
States may also wish to consider what opportunities they have for permanent or virtual courses. Experience from some overseas countries is that there is significant demand for such opportunities once regular competitions cease. Whilst OA is interested in the number of people who partake of such opportunities, they will not be considered events for OA levy purposes.