Latest COVID-19 Information

Update | Sport, Recreation and Racing | 14 December 2020

Resources and Advice:

COVID Safe Summer (From 11.59pm, 6 December 2020, unless otherwise stated)
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer

New:

Coronavirus  website  – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sport-and-exercise (new dedicated sport and exercise page)

New:

Restart guidelines page (new)–  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sport-exercise-and-physical-recreation-services-sector-guidance

Update:

Public event information (updated)https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-events-information-for-organisers

Free QR code informationhttps://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-government-qr-code-service

Guidance (from VicSport 14/12/2020)

Clubrooms  – can be used as per the community venue guidelines in the COVID Safe information – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer

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Update | Sport, Recreation and Racing | 6 December 2020

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the further easing of restrictions in Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December.

This is welcome news for the sport, recreation and racing community in Victoria and we look forward to collaborating with you on the continued return of physical recreation and community sport in the weeks ahead.

Victoria will move to a COVIDSafe Summer.  A summary of restrictions as they impact physical recreation and community sport below:

Indoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • Permitted for all ages
  • No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm for each space.
  • Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed.
  • At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm applies.
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Outdoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • Permitted for all ages
  • Up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm.
  • Record keeping is required and 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 4 sqm.
  • Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm.
  • Record keeping is required.

Outdoor communal gym equipment: Open

Publicly accessible playgrounds: Open

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

Further information on COVIDSafe Plans for Physical Recreation and Community Sport is also available at the Coronavirus Victoria website.

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.