Due to the enforced closures of indoor sporting venues and gyms, a number of PCYC Queensland activities have temporarily been suspended, except for the provision of essential services. All other programs, fitness classes, gyms and activities have been suspended until further notice. We thank you for your continued understanding and support and look forward to welcoming all our members back in the future.
At PCYC Queensland we appreciate the importance now more than ever of staying active and healthy, to stay connected to the fitness community we are offering PCYC Queensland Activ8 @home join the Facebook group to receive the option to join our online program get workouts, hints, tips recipes and more!
What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
By now you’ve probably heard about a new, or novel, strain of coronavirus, originally known as novel coronavirus and now called COVID-19.
The virus has affected people from many countries around the world, and the Australian Government and Queensland Health are continually monitoring the evolving situation. At PCYC Queensland we continue to review the latest information and advice to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff, members and community.
COVID-19 is a new strain of virus in the coronavirus family that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
COVID-19 was discovered late in 2019 when a higher than normal number of people in Wuhan, China, started to develop pneumonia after having an illness like the flu. When doctors tested them, they found these people had a type of coronavirus, a new strain they hadn’t seen before.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, which means it affects the parts of your body you use to breathe: your nose, throat and lungs. If you’re sick with novel coronavirus, your symptoms might include:
- A cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
Should I worry about COVID-19?
Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones. Whilst COVID-19 is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other illness – not coronavirus.
We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of Queensland Health including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.
Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser if available
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
- Stay at least 1.5m away from people coughing or sneezing
- Stay at home if you are unwell
What is PCYC Queensland doing?
In line with the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 22 March regarding the forced closure of indoor sporting venues and gyms from midday 23 March, a number of PCYC Queensland activities have temporarily been suspended except for the provision of essential services, some of which have been modified in their service delivery to ensure adherence to the increased social distancing recommendations.
Essential services include:
- Outside School Hours Care
- ReStart Program
- Youth Support Service
- Braking the Cycle
- External providers leasing space
- Safer Streets Program
- Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs
- Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program
- Project Booyah
All other programs, fitness classes, gyms and activities including gymnastics have been suspended until further notice.
Our PCYC Queensland family is very important to us and we recognise that it is more important than ever to stay fit and connected to community. To keep members motivated and enable them to stay fit and healthy, we have launched [email protected] – an online fitness program with optional nutrition plan that is free of charge for members.
We thank our members and community for their continued understanding and support and look forward to welcoming all our members back in the future.
When will PCYC Queensland clubs and gyms re-open?
Whilst we cannot determine exactly when our clubs, activities and services will recommence, PCYC Queensland will continue to follow all advice, and will keep our members updated via social media.
Where can I get more information?
The health and wellbeing of every member of our community remains our number one priority and we continue to take advice from the Australian Government and Queensland Health. Please refer to the following factsheets for further useful information:
Queensland Health novel coronavirus factsheet
Queensland Health novel coronavirus frequently asked questions
Queensland Health novel coronavirus everything you need to know
Australian Government coronavirus health alert