FAQs for high performance and professional sport
What steps are in place to ensure the safety of those involved in professional sport?
- High performance and professional sports can only resume under strict conditions and once they have a risk management and community safety plan in place. These plans will outline how they will return to play in accordance with the Directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
- To help develop these plans, Sport and Recreation Victoria is providing guidance and online resources to national sporting organisations and clubs.
Why can’t spectators attend training and competition?
- To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect community safety, spectators are not allowed to attend high performance and professional sports training or competition at this stage. Only people with an essential role in conducting the training or competition should attend.
When will high performance and professional sports competition resume in Victoria?
- From 13 May 2020, high performance and professional sport can now resume activity, in line with the Chief Health Officer’s Directions, provided organisations have comprehensive risk management plans in place, as set out by the Professional Sports Guidance Note.
- High performance and professional sport training is allowed at indoor and outdoor physical recreational facilities, provided the high performance or the professional sporting organisation has exclusive use of those facilities
- High performance and professional sporting events (i.e. competition) are permitted in arenas and stadiums.
- Where the high performance or professional sport occurs across multiple state jurisdictions, the relevant body will need to ensure compliance with directions from health authorities in each state.
From footy to cricket, we know Victorians love their sports and supporting their favourite teams. Here’s an overview of the current restrictions for high performance and professional sport and how national sporting organisations can plan to return to play.