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Update | COVID-19 update for Victoria | 27 July 2021

The Victorian Government has announced the lockdown has been lifted state-wide from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July.  

However, everyone needs to remain vigilant to stay on top of the highly infectious Delta variant. That means COVIDSafe behaviours are crucial: 

  • Make sure everyone checks in everywhere, every time 
  • Wear your mask correctly – covering your mouth and nose 
  • Get tested if you are ill 
  • Update your COVIDSafe Plan (check your COVID Marshal requirements) 
  • Support your workers to get vaccinated when they’re eligible. 

For a detailed overview of the changes, see the updated Table of Restrictions. Here is a high-level summary: 

Overview of restrictions across Victoria from 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July 

  • Victorians will be able to leave their homes for any reason.  
  • Masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors (except at home) unless an exception applies.  
  • The Authorised Worker List will no longer apply, meaning businesses and venues can reopen using measures such as patron caps, COVID Check-in Marshals and density limits of 1 person per 4sqm. 
  • Restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service.  
  • Retail, beauty, and personal care will open in line with density limits, as will entertainment venues and community facilities. 
  • Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, will all open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm. 
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home but up to 25 per cent of workers can return to the office or up to 10 people, whichever is greater. 
  • People can visit ski fields again, but due to the higher risk in these settings entry to Victoria’s alpine resorts will require a COVID-19 test and receipt of a negative result within 72 hours prior to visiting. Children under 12 years of age are not required to be tested. 
  • Gatherings in the home are still not permitted. People will only be able to book accommodation with their household, intimate partner, or single bubble person. 

The restrictions as they apply to physical recreation & sport, including swimming pools, play centres, skateparks, trampolining centres are as follows:

Physical Recreation Facilities:

  • Open. Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in
  • Group limit of 10 people

Community Sport:

  • Open for all ages, training, and competition.
  • Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches). The group limit does not apply.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
  • Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in
  • Group limit of 10 people does not apply to community sport

Community sport refers to competitions and training overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

Spectators are not allowed (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians).

Swimming pools:

  • The relevant indoor or outdoor facility requirements apply.
  • However; there is an exclusive use exemption for schools, where the density, space cap and group limits do not apply.
  • Swimming or water safety lessons are exempt from the group size limits and density quotient. Space caps still apply.

Changes to border restrictions 

Changes have also been made to tighten Victoria’s cross-border bubble with NSW. The City of Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Council are no longer included in the cross-border bubble

These local government areas have been included under the Extreme Risk Zone from 11:59pm 27 July, in line with the rest of NSW, and residents will need a Specified Worker Permit, transit permit, or an exemption to enter Victoria.  

For more information go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

QR Codes 

A reminder that all organisations and workplaces are now required to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service unless an exemption applies.

Victorians must check-in everywhere, every time. Organisations must ensure that every person has checked-in, no matter how long they are at the premises/venue.

For organisations that have not previously been mandated to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service, an enforcement amnesty is in place until 11.59pm 1 July.

Checking in with the Victorian Government QR Code Service is the best way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Victorian businesses open.

Other important information for organisations

Anyone with symptoms should get tested immediately – please encourage your workers to get tested if they are unwell. The list of testing sites includes wait times.

All Victorians over the age of 40 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on how to book your vaccine appointment, visit the Coronavirus website

As restrictions ease, it’s important to check your COVIDSafe Plan is up to date.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

PUBLIC EVENTS FRAMEWORK

Information can be found here.

How Can We Help?

We know this is a hugely difficult time for everyone in the community and we’re continuing to monitor the current situation to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on community sport.

South West Sport is working with our Regional Sport Victoria colleagues around two immediate priorities  over this period:

  • Supporting the sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible 
  • Doing everything we can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever. 

We will continue to work with you to understand the ongoing and future impact of coronavirus and we want to make sure that whatever action we take has the greatest positive impact. So, we want to hear from you now about the issues you’re facing and to take on board these  ideas and concerns to feed into consideration of the type of support we offer moving forward.

We know that:

  • It may be difficult for your club, league or association to run and host programs or events as planned and retain member engagement;
  • The timings of your season may be uncertain;
  • People in your community are likely to be anxious, and will probably want to be continuing with their sport participation; and,
  • More generally, you may be interested in alternative operations to respond to the current situation and to keep your organisation going.

Here at South West Sport:

Our priority is the health and safety of our stakeholders, team members and our communities. We have adjusted our service delivery and programs based on the current Government advice.