Latest COVID-19 Information

Update | 22 October 2021

Restrictions in regional Victoria

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel within regional Victoria
    • Travel into metropolitan Melbourne is still restricted for limited reasons including shopping for essential items, care and other compassionate reasons, and authorised work and permitted study.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over, except if a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are required for students in Year 3 and above when indoors at school, except if a lawful exception applies.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria App, no matter how long you spend at that location.
  • You will need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter some venues. To make things easier, get your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and link it to the Service Victoria App. People with valid medical exceptions and children aged under 16 are excepted.
  • You can only enter metropolitan Melbourne to get a COVID-19 vaccination if it is in a Local Government Area next to where you live.
  • Community sport is open indoors and outdoors for training only (no competition), with the minimum number of people required for the training.
  • Physical recreation facilities (such as gyms) and community recreation facilities can open with density limits and up to 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 20 applies.
  • Swimming pools, spas and saunas can open with density limits and cap of 150 people outdoors and 30 people indoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • Change rooms are open
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 20 people applies.
  • Outdoor playgrounds are open.

Sport and exercise in regional Victoria

For more specific information regarding sport and exercise in regional Victoria, including a list of current FAQ’s please visit the coronavirus website

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 aged 12 years and over 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 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.