Canberra's grassroots sports are waiting to learn if the coronavirus tracking phone app will be compulsory for participants wishing to start their respective seasons despite social distancing restrictions.
The national cabinet will meet again on Friday, with sports one of the topics to be discussed.
The NRL is pushing to be the first professional sport to return, albeit without crowds, while some amateur sports have set their own return dates.
The NRL will restrict player movements and contact with others, but it is impossible to impose the same rules on weekend warriors.
ACT Sport and Recreation has already spoken to Canberra organisations about the potential of stringent cleanliness measures to ensure sport is safe to resume.
The government introduced the COVIDsafe app this week in the hope tracking movements will lead to relaxing current restrictions as early as possible.
Asked this week about sport, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "If we want to get back to sport, we need to download the app. It's not a mandatory requirement, but it's commonsense.
"I'd love to see community sport get back. The evidence we're seeing of transmission in outdoor areas is encouraging. But for us to have confidence, we need the COVIDsafe app to be in place.
"... There is the code being developed for elite sport, professional sport, community sport as well as individual recreation, that is being done by the medical expert panel ... we hope to make that available for a first look by the national cabinet later this week."
Professional sporting organisations have declared their support for the phone app this week as they try to plot their path back to the field to fulfill broadcast requirements.
Grassroots sports are in danger of losing entire winter seasons if their delay extends for several months, with the capital's Australian football, rugby union, soccer, rugby league and hockey competitions all postponed.
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Some of the details national and Canberra officials are working through include the need for more soap in change rooms, restrictions on crowds, how change rooms are shared and even how venue canteens would operate.
ACT rugby union is resisting the temptation to set a start date despite competitions in Sydney and Brisbane announcing their plans to play in July.
"The FFA [are working with] the member federations and the Commonwealth in regards to developing return to play guidelines," said Capital Football boss Phil Brown.
"It's part of an all sport engagement and consultation to understand under what conditions sport might be able to return and we're actively involved in that conversation, looking to ensure if sport does return it's done in a safe way. We're there to support and guide our clubs so that they can provide those opportunities for local players.
"Initiatives such as [the app] helps us all to manage our safety and the safety of others. It's an important step towards that return to play that we're all safe and aware."
Canberra rugby league boss Mark Vergano has been in constant dialogue with clubs about what requirements may be when the season begins.
"We've been working closely with the government as well," Vergano said. "We're awaiting the outcomes of the national cabinet meeting and we'll assess the outcomes and recommendations.
"There's potential for gloves, masks and sanitiser ... everything is up for discussion."
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