Sport, cultural and

recreational activities

restrictions

Information on the easing of restrictions around sports and exercise at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May.​

Sport and exercise

 

Sports and exercise play a critical role in the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Victorians. However, Victoria is under a State of Emergency and, this must be balanced by with the risk of transmitting coronavirus. The following principles have been developed to guide in the lifting of restrictions around sports and exercises. Sport and exercise can resume if:

  • you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart), you are not doing your activities indoors and they are not competitive (team vs team); and 

  • you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.

If you are unsure, ask yourself the following two questions:

  • Where is your activity practiced?

    • Indoors sport exercise is not allowed, unless it is practiced at home or via online sessions/classes.

    • Outdoors activities are allowed, as long as the other principles are met

  • Is it a non-contact or contact activity?

    • Non-contact sports and exercise are allowed but you need to maintain physical distancing

    • Contact sports and exercise must be modified so that you can maintain physical distancing, if you cannot do this, you cannot do it. This means people can do training sessions for contact sports as long as physical distancing is possible.

Your outdoor sport or exercise activity can be part of a club, but you cannot use club facilities, except toilets.

If your sport has a team that is more than ten people, the whole team cannot play or train together at one time.

Use of shared sporting equipment should be minimised and there should be no sharing of equipment that touches the face or head (e.g. helmets, goggles or masks).

If the activity involves shared equipment, only equipment with smooth, hard surfaces should be available for use and the equipment should be sanitised between users.

Equipment with hard and smooth surfaces are easy to disinfect by wiping between uses. However, some sporting equipment can still be shared such as balls or mats. There is a preference for people to use their own equipment wherever possible. Equipment available for loan or hire to different individuals or groups should be limited to equipment that can be effectively sanitised between users.

If your household is greater than 10 people, you can practice your sport/recreation activity with your household.

Current restrictions for sport and exercise.

Which recreational facilities are restricted?

 

The current list of prohibited recreational facilities includes:

  • indoor physical recreation facilities, including gyms, yoga studios, wellness centres, barre and spin facilities and health studios

  • indoor personal training facilities where personal training services are the predominant activity

  • galleries and museums

  • play centres

  • publicly accessible playgrounds

  • skate parks

  • outdoor communal gym equipment.

 

Boot camps and personal training services can continue only if they are outdoor with a maximum of ten people plus a trainer at any one session, ensuring no more than one person for every four square metres of space.

Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing and surf skiing are permitted, as long as physical distancing is complied with and people don’t travel large distances to do them. If you need to travel, you need to be able to drive there and back within one day.

What community sports remain prohibited and can I train?

 

You can participate in training for all sports, but it must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager).

This means that contact sports will not be able to occur including Australian Rules Football, other codes of football and soccer, unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.

Indoor sports remain prohibited as there is an increase in the risk of transmission while exercising in an enclosed space.

Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo will not be possible, given physical distancing requirements.

Can I use sports club facilities?

 

You can use toilet facilities connected to a permitted sport location. However, clubhouses, bars, eating areas, indoor sitting areas, showers and change facilities must remain closed. You should not drink from public drinking fountains.

Bars and restaurants can only remain open if it offers takeaway or delivery services – no sit-down meals or drinks are permitted.

Are swimming pools closed?

 

Yes, public swimming pools are closed. Outdoor pools and ocean baths are also closed. You can swim at the beach.

If a pool is at a person’s private residence and is not available for communal use, it can be used as long as no more than five visitors attend the residence at one time, and the appropriate physical distancing is adhered to.

Can I play golf?

 

Under the new directions, you can play golf in groups of no more than 10 people. You must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

How many people can play golf on a hole at a time? What if there is a queue of golfers at a hole?

 

While exercising or playing sport you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I share a golf buggy with someone outside my house?

 

You shouldn’t share a golf buggy with someone who lives outside your household. You must maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others. If you are doing these activities in a group there should be no more than 10 people.

What sort of indoor physical training facilities are closed?

 

Gyms, including indoor personal training facilities remain closed, because they pose a significant risk of transmission should a person who attends one of these centres be infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can I go to tai chi or yoga classes now? What about if they're indoor?

 

You can take a tai chi or yoga class outside – as long as you are in a group of no more than ten people plus the minimum number of people required to lead the class. Otherwise you can take an online class.

What does this mean for AFL/other sporting codes?

 

Work is being undertaken to return to play for a number of codes. More information can be found at Sports and Recreation Victoria.

Can different fitness or recreation groups hold separate activities in the same park?

 

Victorians are urged to continue to follow the rules and to use common sense while outside exercising. People should be mindful that numerous groups of 10 should not gather in the same location or close together. Police will continue to monitor activities to ensure compliance.

Can I go to spectate professional sports players training?

 

No. The risks associated with large gatherings are such that, for the foreseeable future, elite sports, if recommenced, should do so in a spectator-free environment with the minimum support staff available to support the competition.

Can these martial arts be practiced outdoors? If they are adapted to be non-contact?

 

Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo remain prohibited. You may exercise outdoors if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart), you are not competing, and with a maximum group of 10.

Exercise

Can I leave the house to exercise outside?

 

Yes, you can leave your home to exercise, provided it’s possible to maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others at all times. This includes, walking, running, bike riding or other types of exercise, such as yoga in a park.

While it may be necessary to leave your immediate neighbourhood to undertake exercise, we’re asking Victorians – please use common sense and don’t travel any further than you have to.

Can I exercise with others?

 

You can also do outdoor exercise with up to 10 people who doesn’t normally live at the same address as you, provided you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and the other person.

Can I drive a bit further to go exercise? Can I go into regional Victoria now?

 

Yes, you can drive to a location to exercise. As always though, Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling. If you can walk or exercise near your home, you should. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives. For more information on travelling visit [LINK to Stay at Home – Transport and Travel]. 

Recreation and getting outside

Recreation activities

 

The following principles have been developed to guide in the lifting of restrictions around recreation activity. Recreation activities can resume if:

  • you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart)

  • you are doing your activities in a public space; and

  • you are not competing (team vs team); and 

  • it is a non-contact activity and you can keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others; and

  • you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.

If your household is greater than 10 people, you can practice your recreation activity with your household.

Can I go to a community centre?

 

Facilities such as community centres, public halls and public libraries can still be used as a place for delivering essential services such as food banks or services for the homeless and support services such as Alcoholics Anonymous or parent groups. Ensure appropriate physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between people at all times. You can now attend a community centre for:

  • Provision of essential services such as food banks or services for the homeless

  • Community support meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, men’s behaviour change groups, parent groups and youth groups.

Community halls and youth centres cannot be used for sporting activities.

Can small group lessons resume at community centres such as knitting, or art?

 

Group lessons at community centres cannot resume at this time.

Can public libraries be reopened?

 

Public libraries remain closed.

 

The facilities can be used solely as a venue for essential services or support groups with up to 10 people.

Can I go to the park?

 

Yes, you can relax at the park, have a picnic or play non-contact sports. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times. You can meet up with friends, family and loved ones at the park but only in groups of up to 10 people, and multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by.

You cannot use playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks, all of which remain closed.

Children should not be allowed to come into contact with playground equipment, outdoor chairs and tables, and they should not drink from public drinking fountains. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

What kind of playgrounds are prohibited?

 

It’s prohibited to play on outdoor playground equipment and skate parks that is situated in public open space. These facilities represent a risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission because of the numbers of people using them, the inability to control access and the lack of regular cleaning and disinfection.

Playgrounds situated in early learning centres and schools, where access is controlled, are not included in this prohibition.

What is outdoor communal gym equipment?

 

Many parks and recreation reserves feature outdoor exercise equipment for use by the general public, which are now restricted. These facilities represent a risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission because of the numbers of people using them, the inability to control access and the lack of regular cleaning and disinfection.

Can I use the public barbecue facilities in my park, with less than 10 people?

 

You should not use a public barbecue, just as you should not use a public drinking fountain. These facilities represent a risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission because of the numbers of people using them, the inability to control access and the lack of regular cleaning and disinfection.

Can I fly a hobby plane?

 

Yes, you are allowed to fly a hobby plane, model plane or kite. You should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can we go to the beach?

 

Yes, you can relax at the beach, have a picnic or play non-contact sports. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times. You cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people at any one time, and multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by.

Can I go swimming at the beach?

 

You can swim at the beach, but you cannot gather in a group of more than 10 people at any one time.

Can I go to a national park?

 

Under the new directions, parks may reopen for hiking and other recreational activities, but you cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people at any one time.

Where possible, driving with passengers outside your household should be avoided

As always, Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling.

Camping is still prohibited.

Can I go bushwalking?

 

Some parks have reopened for hiking and other recreational activities, but you cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people at any one time.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

What about snow sports? Can I travel to get there?

 

Snow sports can continue. Use of shared sporting equipment should be minimised and there should be no sharing of equipment that touches the face or head (e.g. helmets, goggles or masks). Travel is allowed only for permitted activities and includes day trips but no overnight stays.  As always, Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling.

Can I go fishing? Can I go fishing with friends? Or hunting?

 

Under new arrangements to come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May, you can go fishing or hunting, in groups of no more than 10 people. You must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

Fishing or hunting competitions can’t currently occur.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

You must also ensure that you can drive there and back within one day.

Can I go boating?

 

Under the new directions, recreational boating is now permissible. Physical distancing and mass gathering rules apply at all times – including at the boat ramp and on your boat.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

Can I get out on the water in my boat with a mate? It's a small boat. Do we need to be physically distant?

 

Under the new directions, you can go out boating. But you must maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others. If you are doing these activities in a group there should be no more than 10 people.

Can I go gold prospecting or panning?

 

Under new arrangements to come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May, you can go gold prospecting or panning. You cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people at any one time. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to. We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.

Can a recreational facility be used for charitable or community service?

 

Facilities such as community centres and public halls can still be used as a place for delivering essential services such as food banks or services for the homeless. They can be used to deliver support services including alcoholics anonymous.

Ensure appropriate physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between people at all times.

Can a recreational facility be used for wedding or funeral services?

 

Yes, there can be no more than 10 people in attendance at a wedding in addition to the couple and the celebrant. The ceremony can be live-streamed, if you wish.

Similarly, a recreational facility can be used for a funeral service, but no more than 20 mourners may attend in person at an indoor funeral as well as the people required for the funeral, such as the officiant or funeral company. The service can be live-streamed.

Can I go for a drive or a motorbike ride as a recreational activity?

 

Under the new directions, you are able to go for a drive. Practice driving is now permitted, as well as attending driving lessons. Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling. If you can walk or exercise near your home, you should.

Entertainment facilities and animal facilities

What is the list of restricted entertainment facilities?

 

All of the following facilities should now be closed:

  • theatres

  • cinemas

  • concert halls and auditoriums

  • arenas, stadiums and convention centres

  • games arcades

  • amusement parks

  • casinos and other gambling and sports-betting businesses

  • brothels, strip clubs, escort agencies, sex-on-premises and other adult entertainment venues.

Can I still live-stream performances from my venue without an audience?

 

Yes. You can live-stream a performance, without a live audience, at your venue if you’d like to continue to operate as a music venue, for example. However, you will need to ensure that the performers and technicians involved maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between each other at all times.

What kind of animal facilities are closed?

 

Any kind of animal facility that would normally attract a crowd is now closed to the public. Caring arrangements for animals continue. This includes:

  • zoos

  • wildlife centres

  • petting zoos

  • aquariums

  • animal farms that are not involved in producing food.

Animal facilities can continue to operate and undertake maintenance of operations if they treat or care for sick animals, or rescue abandoned or injured animals. Rescue facilities including adoption can continue to operate. If you want to adopt an animal, you should call or check the website of the facility before you visit so you can follow measures to keep yourself and others safe.

Religious services and places of worship

Are places of worship closed?

 

Under new arrangements to come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May, all places of worship, of all denominations can now open for re-arranged worship or small religious ceremonies of up to 10 people as well as the minimum number of people reasonably required for the service. This includes baptisms.

Multiple services or ceremonies can be held on the same day, but cleaning should occur between services or ceremonies. At least an hour should be allowed between services or ceremonies to reduce the risk of crowds at entrances and exits. The four square metre rule, which limits the number of people who can be in a building, applies.

Ceremonies and services can still be recorded or broadcast live from the place of worship for viewing online. You are allowed to have people on site to record and live stream services, however, you must ensure those people maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between each other at all times.

Places of worship may be opened for the purposes of conducting weddings and funerals, but there are strict limits on the number of people who can attend.

For weddings, and under new arrangements to come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May, 10 people can attend in addition to the couple, and the celebrant.

For indoor funerals, no more than 20 mourners may attend in person as well as the people required for the funeral, such as the officiant or funeral company. Funerals held outdoors can be attended by a maximum of 30 mourners in attendance. If a funeral is held at a private house then only 5 people, in addition to people who live at the household, can attend.

Places of worship can continue to be opened for the purposes of hosting essential public support services such as food banks, help for the homeless or other essential activities, ensuring appropriate physical distancing is maintained by keeping at least 1.5 metres between everyone at all times.

What do the Stay at Home directions mean for Ramadan and Eid?

 

Although Ramadan is a festive time where families come together and meals are shared, this year must be different. 

Under these new directions, mosques will only open for pre-arranged worship or small religious ceremonies of up to 10 people.

By reducing the number of people coming to your home to five and those attending public gatherings to 10 you are playing your part in keeping your family and our state safe. No one should be visiting your household if there’s someone unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 at your home, and no one who is unwell should visit you.

For bigger groups, you must find alternative ways to support and connect with your community over this period, this could be via phone or video calls, email, social media and handwritten letters. Some mosques are holding digital services to help their community to stay connected. Staying apart keeps us together.

For advice in languages other than English, go to the Translated resources page.

Can I attend a prayer group?

 

A prayer group held in someone’s home can meet as long as there are no more than five visitors at a time.

If the prayer group is being held at a place of worship or another public place, up to 10 people can attend.

Physical distancing measures must be adhered to.

Source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sport-cultural-and-recreational-activities-restrictions-coronavirus-covid19#what-sports-remain-prohibited-and-can-i-train

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