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Update | Sport, Recreation and Racing | 26 March 2021

The Acting Premier has announced changes to Victoria’s Coronavirus restrictions that will be in place from 6pm on Friday March 26:   

The move to further ease restrictions follows a reduced exposure risk and no community transmission.

From 6:00pm tonight, masks will be only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities.

While masks are no longer mandated in most circumstances, the evidence is clear wearing a face covering makes a real difference in slowing the spread of the virus – so masks continue to be recommended indoors or outdoors when distancing can’t be maintained.

You can now also have up to 100 visitors attend your home each day and on-site office work will no longer be capped.

Indoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • A density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies to each space.
  • No caps on gym and exercise classes (other than limits imposed by dentisty quotients)
  • COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed.
  • At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, disinfectant and other cleaning products must be supplied for use by patrons, and electronic record keeping through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system is required(venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Outdoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • No cap on outdoor fitness classes other than density quotient of 1 per 2sqm.
  • Electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system is required (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Pools, including swimming classes:

  • Indoor venues open with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic recording keeping (if not using electronic record keeping, density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies).
  • Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. Electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system is required (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).

Outdoor communal gym equipment: Open

Publicly accessible playgrounds: Open

If you have any additional questions, please contact Sport and Recreation Victoria at info@sport.vic.gov.au.

PUBLIC EVENTS FRAMEWORK

The Public Events Framework also returns to COVIDSafe Summer conditions from 11:59pm tonight, with further information available at the Coronavirus website.

Tier 1 and Tier 2 public events that have been impacted by changes to density quotients during the circuit-breaker action will now be permitted return previously approved attendance levels and conditions.

Tier 3 public events will now be permitted for up to 1000 people indoors if they register their COVIDSafe Event Checklist via the online registration form. The attestation process for Tier 3 public events between 301 and 1000 people will cease.

The full list of changes 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 will 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 are 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.

We are offering South West Sport as a point of contact for clubs, leagues, associations and individuals within the South West. Due to the complexity and evolving nature of the pandemic, we may not have all of the answers – but are committed to supporting you as best as we can.

Please contact us via covid19@southwestsport.com.au and let us know:

  • How coronavirus is impacting you  or your organisation?
  • The type of help you think would be most beneficial?

Please keep in touch with us via the above e-mail address as you or your club’s situation changes.


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 expert advice.  You can read about our programs by clicking the below button.