The Victorian Government has announced the next stage of restrictions throughout the state from 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June 2020. This includes:
For physical recreational facilities:
- Outdoor and indoor sports venues and physical recreational facilities (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios and personal training facilities) can open.
- For physical recreation, multiple separate zones may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a zone, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and be no less than 200 metres squared. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two zones for different groups at each end. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor zone or indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons per pool. There is no limit on the number of people in each lane. The four-square metre rule applies to the non-water parts of the facility.
- Playcentres, including trampolining, can now open for up to 20 people per space or zone.
- Communal facilities, such as clubrooms and change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues applying the four-square metre rule to each enclosed space. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
- Spas and saunas remain closed.
- Sporting clubs that operate a restaurant, café or canteen within its facility may reopen with take-away and limited dine-in arrangements, provided it strictly adheres to the restrictions on hospitality venues including up to 20 patrons per enclosed space and in groups of up to 10, subject to the four-square metre rule.
For physical recreation activities:
- For outdoor physical recreation, no more than 20 people per group for all age groups.
- For indoor physical recreation, adults will be able to practise indoors with up to 20 people per zone, as long as the four-square metre rule is met. Individual group classes must have no more than 10 participants,
- For indoor physical recreation, if all participants are aged 18 years and under, they can practice indoors with up to 20 per zone and 20 per group, as long as the four square metre rule is met.
For organised community sport activities:
- Organised non-contact training and competition are allowed for all age groups where participants can stay 1.5 metres apart.
- For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact community sport training and competition may resume.
- For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
- For example, 20 players for a game of basketball or 26 players for a game of water polo. Please note, that as these activities are considered contact-sport, only those aged 18 or under can participate.
- If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).
- Spectators for outdoor training and competitions must abide by gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 and spread out around the ground or venue. The group of 10 does not include those necessary for the activity to occur, such as the umpire or trainer and a parent or carer supporting a person with a disability to participate.
- From mid-July – subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.
More details are available at the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
Sport and Recreation Victoria has updated the return to play information hub for community sport with a full suite of resources and frequently asked questions, as well as a new set of simple and easy to understand fact sheets for players, coaches, clubs and facility operators, and volunteers.
The fact sheets outline the latest updates to restrictions while providing some tips on how players and staff can stay safe while returning to training and key information for clubs and facility operators.
Information is also available to support high performance and professional sport return to play.
The easing of restrictions mean that Victorians can begin to get back to the sport and recreation activities they love, however it’s important we stick to physical distancing restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Victorian Government is committed to helping professional and community sport return to play as soon as possible.