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Outdoor lessons and wind instruments are prohibited while sports are allowed

Ms. Modde said the loss of highly skilled risk management personnel would make the warehouses difficult to operate over the next year.

“We fear that by the time we jump back in, we may not have an industry to service demand. There is a real risk that some of these will be closed forever, ”she said.

Craig Roberts, the executive director of Anglican Youthworks, said government subsidies to the school camp industry would be phased out, putting many jobs at risk.

The staff included cooks and caterers as well as qualified managers, including outdoor guides and educators who have been trained for more than two years.

“I have 125 full-time employees and 100 casual gamers that I’ve had to lay off,” he said.

“The concern is that by the summer we won’t have school camps where the industry has almost no income from June 26th to February 1st.”

Mr Roberts said the outdoor education industry generated $ 7.6 billion in NSW in 2018 and employed 77,000 full-time and contract employees.

A spokesman for NSW’s Department of Education said no public school should host overnight camps or excursions as per government health recommendations to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Outdoor excursions were allowed but limited to one day and could only be conducted indoors if a school group was using the venue alone.

Music programs, bands, ensembles, classes and lessons should only be continued without wood or brass instruments, “as these represent a higher risk of transmission”.


“Masks must be worn when playing instruments indoors, but not when playing outdoors and physical distance must be maintained at all times,” said the spokesman. “Singing, singing, group repetitions and choirs are not allowed.”

The only exception is HSC preparation and assessment.

“We are in ongoing discussions with NSW Health about school settings and will continue to monitor this situation and further relax restrictions if possible,” the spokesman said.

Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell said public schools are complying with health recommendations.

“Students still have the opportunity to access outdoor education through day trips and excursions in a COVID-safe manner,” she said.

“We continue to check our school settings regularly with NSW Health.”

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