Australian Eight Ball Federation COVID-19 Guidelines (25th June 2020)
AEBF Guidelines for the Resumption of Eight Ball
Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Australian Eight Ball Federation (AEBF) is the National Sporting Organisation responsible for the management and promotion of Eight Ball in Australia. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to AEBF members, operators of Eight Ball venues, players and officials on requirements for the resumption of Eight Ball, and to help them comply with public health guidelines for a COVID-19 safe environment.
In accordance with the gradual easing of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, governments have provided recommendations for a staged return to sport and leisure activities over the following months. Resuming sports must occur in the context of Federal, State/Territory and Local Public Health Authority requirements including the maximum number of people allowed within an indoor venue, which may vary in different states and territories. These government requirements must take precedence over all other forms of advice, including these guidelines.
These guidelines align with public health and SafeWork Australia recommendations for workplaces, and the “AIS Framework for Re-booting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment”. They will be reviewed and updated regularly in accordance with changes to public health guidelines and government requirements.
The level of restrictions in force in each place should be kept under constant review by everyone involved with Eight Ball, and the priority at all times must be to take the necessary steps to preserve public health by minimising the risk of community transmission of the virus. A checklist that organisations can use to assess their preparedness to return to sport is available at:
Communication via member newsletters, posters and signage within venues will reinforce COVID-19 related policies and procedures, and will support effective action and enhance member confidence in their ability to safely resume their sport.
Key Public and Occupational Health Recommendations
The key health recommendations to minimise transmission of coronavirus are:
• physical distancing between people (at least 1.5 metres between people and 4 square metres
per person in an indoor environment);
• minimise the use of shared equipment, and disinfecting shared equipment;
• adequate cleaning and disinfecting of environments where people gather;
• people must stay at home if they are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19;
• contact tracing; and
• consideration of vulnerable players.