Victoria’s roadmap for sport and recreation – the next step

The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of restrictions, with Victoria taking further steps toward COVID Normal.

The Premier has announced a further easing of restrictions. You can view the Premier’s statement here

Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are now at the same position on the roadmap to reopening, with a summary of restrictions as they impact physical recreation and community sport below:

PHYSICAL RECREATION & FITNESS:

Outdoor physical recreation and personal training:

  • A household or up to 10 people in any group (trainer is additional to group)

Indoor physical recreation (including classes, gyms and personal training)

Adults:

  • Strict density quotient of 1 per 8m2.
  • Patron cap of up to 10 per space and 20 per venue with a maximum group size of 10 per session.
  • Patrons continue to wear face masks unless out of breath.
  • Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes to avoid congregation and exceeding group limits.
  • Required to have a COVIDSafe Marshal onsite.

Children (18 and under):

  • Non-contact activities permitted where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people.
  • Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.

Outdoor fitness or dance classes:

  • Open for outdoor classes, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
  • Shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements

COMMUNITY SPORT:

Outdoor

  • Outdoor contact sport permitted for people 18 and under, limited to the minimum number of people required to play and facilitate the activity. One spectator per child is permissible for supervision purposes
  • Outdoor non-contact sport permitted for adults and people 18 and under, limited to the minimum number of people required to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires)
  • Non-contact sport means a sport capable of being done with distance of 1.5m between participant

Indoor

  • Adults not permitted
  • Indoor non-contact sport can also resume for those aged 18 years where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.
  • Non-contact sport means a sport capable of being done with distance of 1.5m between participants, including recreational classes

Outdoor swimming pools (including swimming lessons):

  • Limited to the density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres of the pool itself or 50 people, whichever is smaller, other than for the following exceptions:
    • Exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes
    • Exclusive use for community sport
    • Professional or high-performance training or competition

Indoor pools (including swimming classes): 

  • Open subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient (1 person per 4 square metres) (whichever is lower)

Outdoor communal gym equipment: Open

Publicly accessible playgrounds: Open

Playcentres: Open with patron cap of 20 and group limits of 10, density quotient of 1 per 4m2. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.

Skateparks: Outdoor open, indoor open to people aged 18 years and under with a maximum of 20 patrons, group limits of 10, density quotient of 1 per 4m2 . Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision

Trampolining centres: Outdoor open. Indoor open for those aged 18 and under with a maximum of 20 patrons, density quotient of 1 per 4m2.Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.


To find out more about how Third Step restrictions affect sport and exercise in Victoria.

It is anticipated that Victoria will move to the Last Step of the roadmap for reopening at 11:59pm, Sunday 22 November.

The Last Step will continue to be reviewed based on the latest public health advice and we will update you further as this easing of restrictions approaches.

We continue to work closely with our public health colleagues on the safe and gradual return of physical recreation and community sport.

The Industry Restart Guidelines for Physical Recreation and Community Sport are being updated and will be available at the Coronavirus Victoria website shortly.

As cited by the Victorian Government, 9th of November, 2020. 

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