Clayton Coad is one of countless sports managers who have done it tough throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
But he's also quick to point out things could have been a lot worse for the Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium and they've handled the last two years relatively well.
The stadium averages 1200 patrons a day through their doors Monday to Friday, including parents.
"Surprisingly we're going better than we were thinking, but we're heading into this next 12 months saying it can only go up," he said.
They were locked down in March 2020 for a couple of months when the pandemic first took hold and have been facing uncertainty ever since.
Mr Coad admitted the uncertainty that surrounded lockdowns and when they could be implemented had made for a challenging period although he knows of others who have been affected more.
"You get locked down for a month and then you're on tenterhooks whether you get locked down again," he said.
"I feel for all the people who own cafes because you've got all this produce which is wasted whereas with us, we say to everybody 'we're locked down' and that's it so the problems are less for us."
Just when community sport will resume remains up in the air, although New South Wales' deputy premier John Barilaro indicated on September 9 it would be when the state achieved 80 percent double vaccinations.
November appears the earliest recommencement date.
"We'll have to wait and see what the federal government put out. Every time something happens there are new rules put in place, so we're always changing things, but we've managed it really well," Mr Coad said.
"The clubs, along with futsal, dance and gymnastics have all been brilliant. The NSW Health officer that comes and checks says we're doing a really good job."
Implementing a "no vaccination, no play" mandate could be difficult to police, although Mr Coad admitted it was likely to be the way forward.
Cricket is one of the first sports set to introduce it this summer with all other codes likely to follow suit.
"I'm guessing by the middle of October we can start announcing stuff and that's going to be the prickly thing because you'll have people who may still only have had one dose or are so far behind they haven't been dosed," he said.
"Then you will have the ones who don't want to get dosed, but they probably won't be able to play sport."
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