CO-VID 19

A message from Sport Recreation and Racing | 24 June 2020 

Over the weekend, the Premier announced a tightening of the rules in response to the recent rise in case numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

From 11:59pm on 21 June, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved community sport and physical recreation activities can resume under the latest Restricted Activity Directions:

 

For physical recreational facilities:

  • Outdoor and indoor sports venues and physical recreational facilities (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios and personal training facilities) can open.
  • For physical recreation, multiple separate zones may be created within a larger indoor space. To be considered a zone, the area must be for the exclusive use of a group and be no less than 200 square metres. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into two zones for different groups at each end. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor zone or indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons per pool. There is no limit on the number of people in each lane. The four-square metre rule applies to the non-water parts of the facility.
  • Playcentres, including trampolining, can now open for up to 20 people per space or zone.
  • Communal facilities, such as clubrooms and change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues applying the four-square metre rule to each enclosed space. Signage must be displayed at the entry to each indoor space outlining the maximum number of people allowed at a single time.
  • Spas and saunas remain closed.
  • Sporting clubs that operate a restaurant, café or canteen within its facility may reopen with take-away and limited dine-in arrangements, provided it strictly adheres to the restrictions on hospitality venues including up to 20 patrons per enclosed space and in groups of up to 10, subject to the four-square metre rule.

For physical recreation activities:

  • For outdoor physical recreation, no more than 20 people per group for all age groups.
  • For indoor physical recreation, adults will be able to practise indoors with up to 20 people per zone, as long as the four-square metre rule is met. Individual group classes must have no more than 10 participants,
  • For indoor physical recreation, if all participants are under 18 years of age, they can practice indoors with up to 20 per zone and 20 per group, as long as the four square metre rule is met.

For organised community sport activities:

  • Organised non-contact training and competition are allowed for all age groups where participants can stay 1.5 metres apart.
  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact community sport training and competition may resume.
  • For organised community sport, both indoors and outdoors, the minimum number participants required to conduct the sport should participate in the activity. The rules of the sport governing body (e.g. the State Sporting Association) determine the number that can participate (ie. the number who would normally be involved in a match or training, including players on the field/court and allowed substitutes). This applies even if it exceeds the density quotient or group limit on the venue.
  • For example, 20 players for a game of basketball or 26 players for a game of water polo. Please note, that as these activities are considered contact-sport, only those aged 18 or under can participate.
  • If indoors, spectators should not attend – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).
  • Spectators for outdoor training and competitions must abide by gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 and spread out around the ground or venue. The group of 10 does not include those necessary for the activity to occur, such as the umpire or trainer and a parent or carer supporting a person with a disability to participate.
  • From mid-July – subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.

 

Updated guidelines, FAQs and resources are now available on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website. State Sporting Associations (SSAs) can continue to submit Return to Play plans aligned with the CHO Directions for advice and guidance from our Expert Advisory Panel via the eform on the website.

 

For high performance and professional sport, the guidelines remain unchanged. The team at Sport and Recreation Victoria are continuing to work with teams, National Sporting Organisations and DHHS on ways to support high performance and professional sport to return to play in the safest way possible.

 

For the racing industry, Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria are updating industry protocols regarding the return of owners and other governance officials to the racetrack.

 

It is vital that all participants - whether it be in community sport, active recreation, professional sport or racing - do their bit in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by sticking to the restrictions.

 

Stay safe by washing your hands, keeping your distance from others, and staying home if you feel unwell. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) you should get tested.

 

Please visit the DHHS website and SRV website to read the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and restrictions on sport and recreation. For any additional queries, please contact the DHHS COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 and select option two to speak to someone who can help or email info@sport.vic.gov.au.

 

For State Sporting Associations and community sport, please note that applications are still open for the Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package.

Grants of $1000 are available to clubs across the state, as well as grants of up to $15,000 for eligible associations and leagues.

Applications are closing Tuesday 30 June 2020, and I strongly encourage you to make your affiliated clubs, leagues and associations aware of this funding.

 

Please share sharing the following message on your digital channels:

 

Did you know your sporting club is eligible for a $1000 grant? It's part of the @VicGovAu Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package supporting community sport to #returntoplay

Applications open until 30 June: https://bit.ly/2Cc9Njp

 

Please forward this email to anyone in the sector who you think may benefit from this update.

 

 Stakeholder Update | Sport Recreation and Racing | 15 June 2020

On Sunday 14 June, the Premier announced the further gradual easing of restrictions throughout Victoria. From 11:59pm on 21 June:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues (for example, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness studios, dance studios) can open. No more than 20 participants are allowed per separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or class. There are no limits on the number of people per group or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • For adults, indoor and outdoor sport and exercise activities are allowed if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 people participating, or no more than 10 participants in a class.
  • Organised non-contact competitions are allowed for all age groups if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 participants in the competition.
  • For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact training and competition may resume.
  • Spectators for training and competitions must abide by gathering restrictions – spectators should be in groups of no more than 20 and spread out around the ground or venue.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can have a maximum of 20 patrons. There is no limit on the number of people per lane in each pool.
  • Communal facilities, such as change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues.
  • Playcentres including trampolining can now open for up to 20 people per space, with up to 10 people per group. There are no limits on the number of people per group if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
  • Large indoor venues will be able to allocate separate spaces and have up to 20 people in each space. For example, a large indoor court could be separated into 2 spaces for different groups at each end.

From mid-July, adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.

This announcement will be welcome news as many of you and your organisations prepare for a return to competition.

Sport and Recreation Victoria is working to update the return to play guidelines for community sport in line with the latest Directions from the Chief Health Officer.

The Sport and Recreation Victoria website will be updated with this information once finalised later this week and we will promote this via social media.

The Victorian Government will also be working with the three racing codes to support plans for owners return to racetracks, as flagged by the Minister for Racing.

Victoria is making good progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, we’re encouraging players, coaches, volunteers and support staff to stay safe by practising good hygiene, maintaining physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others and staying home if you feel unwell.

For the latest information on the new restrictions, please visit the DHHS website.

Please forward this  to anyone in the sector who you think may benefit from this update.

 

An  Update | Sport Recreation and Racing | 2 June 2020

 

Thanks to progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions on sport and recreation have eased under the latest Directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

From 11:59pm on 31 May 2020, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved all community sport and recreation activities can resume according to the following rules:

  • Groups of up to 20 people are permitted outdoors (or people from the same household), plus a coach/instructor or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to run the activity.
  • Parents or other people are required to keep a reasonable distance from groups in an outdoor setting or will be included in the group of 20.
  • No indoor activity – indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever reasonably possible.
  • All activity and training must be non-contact, and no competitions are to take place. Contact sports must be modified so that you can maintain 1.5m distance.
  • Outdoor communal gyms, playgrounds or skateparks are open. People cannot gather in groups of more than 20.
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools can operate with a maximum of 20 people and a limit of three people per lane of each pool.
  • No use of communal showers or change rooms, however toilets can open.
  • Saunas and spas remain closed.
  • Club houses may reopen with a maximum of 20 people in a single indoor space and subject to the four per square metre rule. Restaurants or cafes within these facilities must adhere to the restrictions on restaurants and cafes. Facility operator must remain on site whenever open to ensure group numbers do not exceed capacity.
  • If the activity is run by an operator of a physical recreation facility predominantly used for indoor physical recreation (such as a gym, health club or fitness centre), a personal training facility (indoors or outdoors) or an arena or stadium, then the operator must keep a record of attendees. No shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing.
  • No shared equipment that touches the head or face or cannot be effectively cleaned i.e. soft materials or clothing.
  • Hand hygiene, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection, use of own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment.

From 11:59pm on 21 June, restrictions on sport and exercise may be further eased to include:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity.
  • Indoor physical recreation (e.g. gyms, health clubs, class fitness studios) can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity.
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.

The Sport and Recreation Victoria website has been updated with the latest information on the easing of restrictions and how your organisation can be supported with its return to play plans. Plans submitted voluntarily by SSAs from 1 June will need to address the updated CHO Directions.

High performance and professional sport is continuing to be supported to return to play as soon as possible. This will ensure players, coaches, trainers and support staff can return to their place of work and resume their jobs.

However, as high performance and professional sports teams will be training under strict risk mitigation measures, spectators will not be allowed at training or matches at this point in time.

The racing industry is continuing to operate under strict biosecurity controls, and we will continue to engage with Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria and Harness Racing Victoria to understand how they can be better supported under the current restrictions.

Once again, I would like to thank you for the role you and your organisation have played in helping slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The easing of restrictions mean that Victorians can begin to get back to the sport and recreation activities they love, however it’s important we stick to the physical distancing restrictions to ensure Victoria’s good progress in limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) isn’t lost.

The situation continues to change and we urge you to regularly check coronavirus.vic.gov.au for updates.

If you have any queries about the updated restrictions for sport and recreation or the guidance available to your organisation, please first visit the DHHS website and SRV website to read the latest information. For any additional queries, please contact the DHHS COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 and select option two to speak to someone who can help or email info@sport.vic.gov.au.

 

 

 

 

Victoria's gradual easing of restrictions 

What does this mean for Mallee community sport?

Community sport clubs, leagues and associations in Mallee are encouraged to prepare ‘return to play’ plans. 

Club’s will receive templates to use from your State Sporting Association once your sports’ over arching ‘return to play’ plan is completed.  Local Government’s and/or recreation reserve committees may require clubs to demonstrate how they are going to comply with the current restrictions before allowing access to community facilities.

It is the responsibility of every club to ensure the safety of its participants, members, volunteers and staff, and ensure that it operates within the current restrictions.

The most up to date advice for Victorian community sport is available on the SRV website HERE.

This webpage includes a list of FAQs for clubs & recreation organisations, as well as for participants.

Assistance for clubs with return to play plans

For club’s, leagues or associations needing assistance in developing their ‘Return to Play’ plan once they have received the template from their State Sporting Association, please contact the Mallee Sports Assembly at info@malleesportsassembly.org.au

 

Why can’t competition resume now that restrictions are starting to lift?

The Victorian Government is taking a phased approach to resuming community sport and recreation. This approach will ensure the safety of participants and the broader community.

The time that community sport competition will resume will depend on directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and will be influenced by spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, to ensure the safety of players and participants.

 

Can multiple groups train at the same outdoor facility, such as a football oval or basketball court?

Outdoor community sport and recreational facilities can host a maximum of one group of up to 10 people, plus a coach or the minimum number of support staff reasonably required to manage the activity.

Where the facility has sufficient space to comply effectively with the Chief Health Officer directions (e.g. multiple ovals, courts, lawns or fields), more than one group of 10 can be accommodated on the condition that:

  • Groups of 10 do not operate closely to each other (e.g. one group per basketball court, lawn bowls green and for larger playing surface e.g. football oval or soccer pitch, split into two zones)
  • The facility can ensure that catering to multiple groups does not create an unnecessary risk of people congregating (e.g. at entrances or exits, near toilets or in carparks or other nearby areas)
  • Social distancing and restrictions on gatherings can be effectively managed during all periods before, during and after training or the activity.
  • Groups of 10 should not mix with each other and should remain constant, with participants avoiding swapping between groups
  • It is advised to establish a “zone” for your group to train within, ensure the zone is clearly marked, which will allow other groups to avoid any unnecessary contact.

 

Why are indoor sport and recreation centres and sporting clubrooms remaining closed?

The risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) is higher in indoor settings and with the use of communal facilities, or when physical distancing is not adequately maintained.

For this reason, indoor sports facilities and clubrooms will remain closed until the Victorian Chief Health Officer determines that it is safe and appropriate to re-open them, and under what conditions or restrictions.

Club toilets will be accessible under strict hygiene guidelines. Changerooms and showers will not be open.

 

Can parents/guardians attend training?

Parents and guardians taking children to and from training activities are required to follow the Chief Health Officers’ Directions for public gatherings and maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

Parents and guardians that remain with their children during participation in sport, will be considered part of the group up to 10 people, unless they are formally coaching or instructing the activity.

The amount of coaches or instructors needs to be the minimum necessary required to conduct the activity.

 

Will we have a winter sport season this year?

The winter sport codes are currently working collaboratively with both State & Local Governments about potential winter seasons.  Further to this there is collaboration happening with Summer sports where facility access may overlap.

There will be a State wide determination for the current winter & upcoming summer season length. 

This is not a simple process and is taking some time, in particular due to the uncertainty around the timing of restrictions being lifted.  It is expected that there will be a process put in place for winter sports to apply for a season extension if they can demonstrate no impact to a traditional summer sport tenant/competition.

 

Can we open the canteen or bar?

Canteens and bars are not allowed to be open under the current restrictions. 

 

 

Sport Specific Advice and Information:

If your sport is not listed here see list below Covid-19 Information for Mallee Community Sport

Covid-19 Link Updates: 02/07/20

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Covid-19 Link Updates: 06/07/20

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Bowls:                                                   Latest website update

Eight ball:                                             Latest website update

Surfing:                                                Latest website update

Table tennis:                                      Latest website update

Croquet:                                  Latest website update

Motorsport:                                       Latest website update

Gymnastics:                             Latest website update

Ten Pin Bowls:                         Latest website update

Equestrian:                             Latest website update                 Latest Facebook update

Diving:                                   Latest website update

Squash:                                  Latest website status

Motorcycling:                          Latest website status

Football (Soccer)                     Latest website status

Athletics:                                Latest website status

Hockey:                                  Latest website status

Cycling:                                  Latest website status

Flying Disc:                             Latest website status

Canoeing:                               Latest website status

Snow Sports:                          Latest website status

AFL:                                       Latest website status                   Latest Facebook update

Baseball:                                Latest Facebook update

Basketball:                             Latest Facebook update

Bicycle Motocross:                   Latest website status

Cricket:                                  Latest website status

Golf:                                      Latest website status

 

 

Sport Specific Advice and Information:

If your Sport Specific Advice and Information is not listed below visit www.malleesportsassembly.org.au click on COVID-19 tab for more information.

 

For more information on COVID-19 please see

Mallee Sports Assembly www.malleesportsassembly.org.au click on COVID-19 tab

email:  info@malleesportsassembly.org.au

 

 

 

MALLEE SPORTS ASSEMBLY

 

Covid-19 Information for Mallee Community Sport


How Can We help?

**PAGE UPDATED 02/04/2020 at 10:39AM**

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. 

Mallee Sport Assembly 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 our plans. 

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 Mallee Sport Assembly as a point of contact for clubs, leagues, associations and individuals within Mallee.  We probably won’t have the answer straight away but will commit to helping try and navigate this situation as best we can.

Please contact us via info@malleesportsassembly.org.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 email address as you or your club‘s situation changes. 

Covid-19 Links & Information for Mallee Community Sport

Current Government Health Advice & Information

Mallee Local Government Advice & Information

 

Mildura Rural City Council

https://www.mildura.vic.gov.au

Swan Hill Rural City Council

 

https://www.swanhill.vic.gov.au

Gannawarra Shire Council

 

https://gannawarra.vic.gov.au

Buloke Shire Council

 

https://www.buloke.vic.gov.au


Sport Specific Advice & Information

Sport 

Website 

Covid-19 Position/Statement  

Athletics 

Athletics Victoria
Little Athletics Victoria

Archery 

Archery Victoria

Australian football 

AFL Victoria

Badminton 

Badminton Victoria

Baseball 

Baseball Victoria

Basketball 

Basketball Victoria

Biathlon 

Australian Biathlon Association

Billiards and Snooker 

Victorian Billiards and Snooker Association

Bicycle Motocross 

BMX Victoria

Bocce 

Bocce Federation of Victoria

Bowls 

Bowls Victoria

Boxing 

Boxing Victoria

Calisthenics 

Calisthenics Victoria

Climbing 

Sport Climbing Victoria

Canoeing 

Canoeing Victoria

Cricket 

Cricket Victoria

Croquet 

Croquet Victoria

Cycling 

Cycling Victoria

Dancesport 

Dancesport Victoria

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Darts 

Darts Victoria

Diving 

Diving Victoria

Dragon Boat 

Dragon Boat Victoria

 

Eightball 

Pool Victoria

 

Equestrian 

Equestrian Victoria
Pony Club Victoria

Fencing 

Fencing Victoria

Flying Disc 

Ultimate Victoria

Football (Soccer) 

Football Federation Victoria

Gliding 

Victorian Soaring Association

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Golf 

Golf Victoria

Gridiron 

Gridiron Victoria

·

Gymnastics 

Gymnastics Victoria

Handball 

Handball Victoria

Hang gliding and paragliding 

Victorian Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

 

 

Hockey 

Hockey Victoria

 

 

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Ice sports 

Ice Sports Victoria

Judo 

Judo Victoria

 

Karate 

Karate Victoria

 

Kendo 

Victorian Kendo Renmei

 

Kung Fu 

Kung Fu Wushu

Lacrosse 

Lacrosse Victoria

Life saving 

Life Saving Victoria

Modern pentathlon 

Modern Pentathlon Victoria

Motorsport 

Confederation of Australian Motor Sport

Motorcycling 

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