Regional Victoria – Stage 3 restrictions
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020, if you live in regional Victoria:
- Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.
- The use of communal outdoor exercise equipment is prohibited.
- Outdoor playgrounds and skate parks are closed.
- Some outdoor sport facilities are closed.
- Outdoor sport facilities – such as golf courses and tennis courts - can open if people can exercise outside, equipment is not shared or rented, no indoor facilities or shared facilities (except toilets) are used, and people must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between each other. No more than two people per group, unless they are members of the same household. Not more than 10 in total at the facility at any one time, except where a distance of at least 100 metres between groups can be maintained at all times.
- Golf carts should only be used by a person who has a disability, is over the age of 65, or who can demonstrate that they require one due to having special needs. Course operators are required to thoroughly clean the carts in between each use.
- Community sport training and competition cannot occur.
- You cannot participate in community sport.
- If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot travel into this area to exercise or for outdoor recreation.
- If you live in regional Victoria, you may continue to play professional sports.
- You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or your household members. You must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others..
- Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, plus the instructor.
- People must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance from each other and must not share equipment. You will not be able to participate in group fitness activities, including bootcamps.
- You should exercise and use recreational facilities at the closest available location to your home.
- If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as cycling or running, you do not need to wear a face covering. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise.
- You can go to the beach for exercise or recreation only. You can swim or surf at the beach.
- Cross country skiing is permitted for people who live close to an area where this is possible.
- You can leave home for permitted exercise and recreation activities that are outdoors and can be done by yourself, members of your household, or with one other person. This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, recreational diving, learning to drive, or reading in a park. Exercise and recreational activities should be undertaken at the closest available locations to your home.
- You can go horse-riding with members of your household or one other person, plus an instructor if required.
- You should not travel further than you need to. Victorians must use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities and stay close to home when they can.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August everyone in Victoria will need to wear a face covering when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
You don’t need to wear a face covering while undertaking strenuous exercise or playing sport. You do have to carry a face covering with you so you can wear it before or after exercising, unless you have a lawful exception.
Children under 12 years do not need to wear a face covering. Children aged two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
People who do not wear a face covering and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.
Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:
- refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
- refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
- refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information.
Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.
We all need to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities from coronavirus (COVID-19).
For all the latest information on restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services.