The Goulburn Touch Football Association has not been able to issue a starting date for its 2021/22 competition due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.
Though the state government's update late last week confirmed that the statewide lockdown would end as scheduled on September 10, many areas, Goulburn included, are still under stay at home orders due to active cases in the community.
As it is still unclear when a safe path will emerge for a return to sport, the Goulburn Touch Association has not been able to confirm a starting date for its competition.
"The Goulburn Touch Committee have just concluded a meeting, discussing a range of topics including the upcoming 2021-2022 Summer Competition," Goulburn Touch said in a Facebook post on September 3.
"At this stage we are still uncertain about the commencement date of the competition with Regional NSW still under stay-at-home orders until September 10.
"As soon as we have more information we will pass it on to you! In the meantime, stay safe, practice your Touch skills in your backyards and we hope to be able to update you very soon!"
On Thursday, September 9, Touch Football NSW posted an update on its website in which it urged members to get vaccinated to enable a faster return to normal life.
"We also continue to support the vaccination program as an avenue to individuals having more freedoms," Touch Football NSW said.
"We would encourage our members to consult with their health professionals to answer all questions and concerns that they may have.
"Would you please ensure you look after yourself, your family, and the wider community. We would encourage members to reach out to and check in on your touch footy mates or those you have a connection with from the affected communities."
The NSW government has released a road map in which it outlines what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated before the state will likely open up again.
In its statement, Touch Football NSW promised to update members in the coming weeks as to how the road map would impact the sport.
"Further information relating to the roadmap will be provided in the coming weeks. That said information from NSW Health seems to indicate that when NSW hits the 80% double dose vaccinations the government intends to open up further easing of restrictions around other areas including community sport."
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