Mount Isa Amateur Netball Association has recommenced its season and enforced new guidelines following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The state government's implementation of Stage 3 easing of restrictions on July 3 was a welcomed relief for MIANA, as they resume their local netball season.
MIANA vice president Bronwyn Munokoa said they had to work with industry plans from the Queensland Government, Netball Queensland and Sport and Rec.
"A lot of hard work has gone into a return to play," Ms Munokoa said.
"We had risk management plans and checklist to adhere to, we then take on that information and discuss how we can implement those rules in our competition."
Ms Munokoa said there were many tasks needed to be carried out to mitigate the risk.
"We have to continue social distancing off the courts but on court we can still have contact and no social distancing," she said.
"We had to allocate cleaning duties from our volunteers and clubs, umpires have to wipe the ball in between games, scorers are wiping score sheets and bucks, goal posts and pads and we have a cleaning schedule for our toilets.
"To mitigate risk we also had to play on Wednesday nights to separate courts. So we have juniors and two senior divisions on a Wednesday night and the rest of our competition on Thursday night."
Ms Munokoa said competitors numbers had dropped due to the season reschedule.
"Obviously our governing bodies didn't cancel the season, they rescheduled. It has been hard and we have lost a few players and teams this year," she said.
"Many commitments have changed including work, finance and relocation.
"We have about 450 members and 27 teams this year."
Season finals have been rescheduled for November.
"We had to extend our season. Historically our season would end in September with finals, with the extended season and delay we are looking at November," Ms Munokoa said.
"We know everyone is not happy about that because it is quite hot, but we are still changing week by week as information is released.
"We have also been given the go-ahead for representative netball, so we have quite a few sponsors who have stuck with us through these hard times and allowed us to send our junior netball rep team away."
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