Why can’t all competition resume in regional Victoria?
The Victorian Government is taking a phased approach to resuming community sport and recreation. This approach will ensure the safety of participants and the broader community.
From 11:59pm on 16 September 2020, outdoor organised non-contact competitions in regional Victoria are allowed for all age groups where participants can stay 1.5 metres apart.
For people aged 18 years and under in regional Victoria, outdoor full-contact training and competition may resume.
Under the current restrictions, adult sport and recreation in regional Victoria remain at non-contact training and competition only.
How many people can train and compete in community sport in regional Victoria?
The number of people per group is the minimum number of people required to conduct the sport (including training). For example, players, coaches, trainers, umpires and other essential support staff. In the case of a child or person with a disability, a parent or carer is permitted to attend to support a participant.
Each sport’s governing body in Victoria will determine the number of people that can safely participate. This will be based on the number of people 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, cricket can be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires.
Individual sports, like running, must cap participants at 10 people per cohort for an event. To prevent mixing of cohorts, measures like staggered start times and modified venue access arrangements should be implemented.
Contact your relevant state sporting association, or governing body, for information on the number of people allowed to participate in your community sport activity.
What is the difference between community sport and physical recreation?
Community sport refers to competitions and training sanctioned by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.
Physical recreation is any other activity that is not associated with competition or training sanctioned by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as fitness and gym classes or activities and social matches.
For information on physical recreation and exercising under Third Step restrictions, visit the DHHS website.
Can I travel to or from metropolitan Melbourne to exercise or play sport?
No. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot travel to regional Victoria for exercise, outdoor recreation or community sport.
Can I travel to NSW or South Australia to play sport if I live in regional Victoria?
Some states have restrictions in place governing Victorians entering their state. You should check the rules that your destination state or territory has in place before travelling, including whether sport is a permitted reason to travel interstate.
Can universities and TAFEs host sporting carnivals and competitions in regional Victoria?
Sporting carnivals or events must meet specific requirements , in addition to the restrictions on community sport outlined in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening .
Events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and public gathering limits apply to spectators. Refer to the Outdoor Attractions and Experiences Guidance for more information.
Can school facilities and playgrounds be used by the public outside school hours in Victoria?
Schools may approve use of outdoor facilities on school property, such as ovals if the use aligns with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice for the relevant activity.
This may include sport and exercise, community services and entertainment and culture. Use must be out of school hours and any toilets must be cleaned before the next school day.
Refer to the Department of Education and Training for more information.
Why are high-performance and professional sports permitted to engage in full contact training and competition, but not adult community sport competitions in regional Victoria?
The Victorian Government is supporting high performance and professional sports people to return to their place of work.
High performance and professional sports are operating under stringent conditions and can only resume once they have a COVIDSafe Plan in place that outlines how they will manage the risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).
High performance and professional sporting organisations have a duty of care to ensure that these venues are safe for their workers. This includes player management, travel, testing and the use of the facilities and equipment. The oversight of professional codes means occupational risks are carefully managed.
Can tenpin bowling venues open in regional Victoria?
No. Indoor sport and recreation venues must remain closed during the Third Step.
Can a sporting club reopen its canteen or dining room within a club house if they are in regional Victoria?
Yes, however sporting clubs that operate a restaurant, café or canteen in their facility must adhere to restrictions that apply to the hospitality industry.
Further information on these restrictions is available on the Business Victoria website.
What can I do to make sure I play safely in regional Victoria?
We all have a responsibility to make sure we can safely participate in community sport and recreation.
Participants should practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash their hands.
Where possible, participants should maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others.
Where it is practical to do so, participants should bring their own equipment and limit sharing equipment. For example , golfers should mark their own card, tennis players should only use their own racquets, minimising shared exercise equipment (e.g. tyres and ropes or scrum machines) and players should not share uniforms (e.g. hockey goalkeeper gear).
Under the Third Step, can club changerooms be used in regional Victoria?
Yes. From 11:59pm on 16 September 2020, communal facilities such as changing rooms can reopen for outdoor sport venues.
Changerooms at sport venues can open subject to the four square metre density rule. Use signage to advise the maximum number of people allowed in each enclosed space, use floor markings to promote physical distancing in changerooms and increase cleaning as appropriate. Consider closing off some seats, benches, lockers and cubicles to make it clear how many users are allowed in each area.
Can spectators attend training or community sport competitions in regional Victoria?
Spectators are allowed if they are supervising children or if needed as support persons for persons with additional needs. You should keep at least 1.5 metres from others while supervising children.
Are swimming lessons permitted during the Third Step in regional Victoria?
Swimming lessons are permitted in outdoor pools. Indoor pools are closed during the Third Step.
Where the swimming lesson does not have exclusive access to the pool, swimming lesson participants must be included in the 50 person cap. Swim teachers are not included in the cap.
Where the swimming lesson has exclusive access to the pool (e.g. a single school or community sport group/club), there is no cap for the number of participants.
Swim teachers are allowed in the pool and may have physical contact with participants where required for participant safety.
Under the Third Step, are people allowed poolside or in areas within the facility that are outside of the pool?
Yes. The number of permitted people is calculated by the density quotient – one person per four square metres – of the areas within the facility that are outside of the pool.
People who are poolside must maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people.
Under the Third Step, where a facility has more than one pool, does the capacity cap apply to each pool or the total attendance for all pools at the facility?
The capacity cap is calculated for each pool at the facility.
Are changeroom facilities at public swimming pools open in regional Victoria?
Under the Third Step, changerooms, showers and toilets at swimming pools can open. Indoor saunas and spas remain closed.
How often should cleaning take place at pools that are open in regional Victoria?
Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned at least twice a day and when surfaces are visibly dirty throughout the day.
If an event is being held at the pool facility, the facility must allow for a reasonable period of time from the conclusion of the event for appropriate cleaning to be conducted, before reopening to patrons.
Under the Third Step, can people 18 years and under be in physical contact with each other in an outdoor pool?
Full-contact training and competition for those 18 years and under is allowed. While physical distancing is not mandatory, it should be encouraged wherever possible.
Swim teachers and a parent, carer or guardian can be in the water and in contact with children or people with a disability for lessons, supervision and for safety.