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Seasons of Orange

The Orange Bridge Club was formed in 1987 and currently has 166 members ranging in age from 20 to 97 years of age.

The clubhouse is a spacious and comfortable venue located at 23 Glenroi Avenue, Orange, New South Wales. The Club runs five masterpointed Sessions each week and the results are electronically posted at the end of each session.

You are never too young or too old to start learning bridge and we offer lessons for beginners and once you have finished your lessons, you can join in supervised play, our 'Tops and Bottoms' sessions & Rookie Rivalry games.

If you are visiting Orange and need a partner please use the contact tab to find an appropriate phone number.



The game of Bridge in the COVID-19 era

A discussion paper for the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF)

( Prepared from recommendations by N.S.W. Public Health & Australian Bridge Federation)



What is COV lD-19?

            Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of

coronavirus. lt was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.



            Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

 People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as fever, respiratory symptoms, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath.

 Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection are

encouraged to get tested.


How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus can spread from person to person through:

       . close contact with an infectious person including in the 48 hours before they had symptoms.

       . contact with droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze.

       . touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected

       person, and then touching your mouth or face.


Who is most at risk?

People who are, or are more likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic

            medical conditions

  • people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with compromised immune systems


At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-

19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among

children, relative to the broader population. There is limited evidence, at this time, regarding the risk

in pregnant women.





Author- Dr. Andrew Slutzkin  2nd. June 2020.




Orange Bridge Club Inc (OBC).


Covid-19 Safety Plan (DRAFT)


Guidelines for safe use of the club premises by members as recommended by NSW Public Health and endorsed by the Australian Bridge Federation


This Plan is in place to ensure a safe environment for Orange Bridge Club members, if Local or National Conditions change then the committee may decide to close the club until play can be safely resumed.


The club will be open to OBC members, associates and those undertaking lessons




ü  A club member will act as a monitor on your arrival at the front door (which will be the only entry point). You will be required to answer the following questions on a proforma:


  • Are you well? Do you have any symptoms of illness? Including fever, respiratory symptoms, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, muscle or joint pains, loss of smell, taste, or fatigue.
  • Have you had any recent (last 2 weeks) contact with any person who has/had such an illness?
  • Have you returned from overseas in the last 2 weeks or from a known “Hot Spot”?
  • Have you had contact with a returned traveller in the last 2 weeks?


            If the answers to any of these questions is “YES” then you will not be admitted to the clubhouse   

            and you may be advised to seek medical help.


ü  A non-contact temperature check will be performed.  If abnormal, you will be directed to return home, or if necessary, seek medical help.


ü  You will be asked whether you have the Covid-Safe app on your phone (this is not essential).


ü  You will be required to use the hand sanitiser supplied (20 seconds) or go directly to the washroom and hand wash with soap and water for 20 seconds & dry with a paper towel.


ü  A face mask is encouraged and may be worn if you feel comfortable using it.

ü  Any member who enters the club to perform club duties at times other than regular sessions will be required to sign the form and sanitise their hands




ü  You will notice that there are fewer tables than before the pandemic and the tablecloths will be removed to ensure a clean surface for cleaning. Tables have been spaced to provide 4 square metres per person and this allows a maximum of 15 tables or 60 players.


ü  Bottles of hand sansitiser are supplied at each table. These should be used before play at each table and between tables when changing, in the same manner as for soap & water.


ü  Packs of disinfectant wipes are supplied. These should be used by North to wipe down the tables and chairs before beginning the bridge session, and by East at the conclusion of the session. You will note that tablecloths are not in use. Bridgemates are also safe to be wiped at session start & end.


ü  Pay the session fee on the terminal using a credit or debit card




ü  You must make all attempts to practice social distancing of 1.5 metres while at the club. Do not congregate in tight groups while away from the table. Sit back from the table as far as is comfortable.


ü  Each player will be required to use their own pen or pencil when bidding.


ü  The kitchen area will be closed. Each person will be required to bring their own refreshments including hot water


ü  While at the table, or anywhere in the club, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow.


ü  Don't shake hands, embrace or kiss.


ü  Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Use hand sanitiser if you do.


ü  Remember to use hand sanitiser after each group of boards .


ü  When using the toilet, a 20 second scrub with soap and water is effective.





ü  Once the tables are cleared, East is to use the disinfectant wipes to clean the tables, chairs,

            BridgeMates, and any other playing equipment.


ü  Wash your hands with soap and water, or sanitiser, and exit the building.


ü  The Director & or BridgeMate operator will wipe over the computer(s) & printer & return the laptop to the locked office.


ü  It is the responsibility of the Director to ensure the power is off, doorknobs, and office are clean before setting the alarm & exiting the building.







uIf a member should contract Coronavirus (Covid – 19) in the community, he/she is likely  to spread the infection to:

uother members



           because most of the members of the Orange Bridge Club may fall into one or more of the most     at-risk demographics:


uOver 65 years with chronic illnesses

uOver 70 years


uAre of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

uClose contact – less than 1.5 metres when sitting at tables for prolonged periods

uIncreased incidence of diabetes, hypertension, lung & other chronic diseases


            Government Health Department penalties for non-compliance leading to a positive case include



uMultiple Covid testing of members

uShutting down the Club for a period and extensive disinfection and cleaning

uFines up to $55,000.










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The Orange Bridge Club committee met last Thursday 23 July 2020 to discuss the position with regard to the reopening of the club for competition on Monday 3 August 2020. By unanimous decision of those present it was decided to defer the reopening of the club until such time as the COVID 19 situation stabilises in NSW. Clubs are restricted as from this weekend to having groups of no more than 10 and there was no enthisiasm within the committee to put our members at risk until there is further suppression of the virus in NSW.

If and when this occurs the committee will quickly meet and set a date soon after for the opening of the club. We have sent our protocols which are attached to the NSW Bridge Association for their support but have yet at this stage to receive a reply. It should be noted that very few bridge clubs are currently open and these are largely those which are run for a profit in Sydney and Canberra.


Please find attached the protocols which will be in place when the club eventually reopens. These have taken considerable time for the committee to develop and meet the Governments requirement for every organisation to develop a COVID Safe Plan.

One significant change which should be noted is the decision to go cashless as has been the case with many businesses since COVID struck. There will be a terminal at the front desk when you sign into the club which you need to tap with a card to pay for the session. This will make the job of treasurer so much easier than is currently the case and is another COVID safety measure.

I know some of you will be disappointed by the decision to keep the club closed but all on the committee felt hat the situation had deteriorated significantly since our last meeting with the community spread of the virus. As soon as this is brought under control it will  be possible to reopen shortly afterward.

Best regards

Murray Paterson


Orange Bridge Club

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