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Sport and exercise

Find information about how COVIDSafe Summer restrictions affect sport and exercise in Victoria.

What does this mean I can do?  

Restrictions in Victoria are easing from 11:59pm on Sunday 6 December 2020:   

  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you are outdoors, and you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.  You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to.  
  • Contact and non-contact sport is allowed for both adults and children.  
  • The number of people allowed in a venue or space is defined by the size of the space. Indoor spaces need to follow the four square metre rule when staffed. When unstaffed, then the eight square metre rule applies such as a 24 hour gym. The two square metre rule applies outdoors.  
  • If you are exercising in a class, there is a limit of 100 outdoors and 50 indoors if the space allows that many people. Smaller venues can have a smaller number of people. 
  • Indoor skateparks, trampolining centres, playgrounds and playcentres are open without patron limits. The venue must apply the four square metre rule
  • Indoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, spas and springs are open with no patron limits. The venue must apply the four square metre rule
  • Outdoor swimming pools, spas and springs are open with no patron limits. The two square metre rule can be applied if using electronic record keeping, otherwise the four square metre rule applies. There are no group limits.   
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets are open.  
  • While exercising you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. Venues are required to record attendance and electronic record keeping is recommended. 

Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?  

You do not need to wear a face mask when exercising outdoors.  It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you are outdoors, and you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.  You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to.  
It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising indoors where you can’t keep 1.5 metre distance from others  except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.  

You can find more information on the face masks page. 

Can I exercise with others?  

You can exercise with other people.

  • The number of people allowed in a venue or space is defined by the size of the space. Indoor spaces need to follow the four square metre rule when staffed. When unstaffed, then the eight square metre rule applies such as a 24 hour gym. The two square metre rule applies outdoors.  
  • If you are exercising in a class, there is a limit of 100 outdoors and 50 indoors if the space allows that many people. 
  • Both adults and children can compete or train in contact or non-contact community sport.  
  • Babies who are less than 12 months old are not counted in the indoor or outdoor person limits.   

If you are running an outdoor class, you may need a permit from your local council. You can find your local council using  Know Your Council.  

Can I participate in community sport?  

Yes. You can compete and train in both contact and non-contact community sport. Contact sport is allowed both indoors and outdoors.       

Spectators are allowed. The numbers of spectators allowed is defined by the size of the space.  You need to follow the two square metre rule outside and the four square metre rule inside.  You should keep at least 1.5 metres from others while watching a game. 

Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.   

Are indoor sport facilities open?  

Yes, indoor areas of gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness, studios, spin facilities and indoor personal training facilities can open.   

  • The square metre rule limits the number of people allowed in spaces. The limit reduces the risk of transmission within a closed space.   
  • Venues are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use. 
  • The number of people allowed in a venue or space is defined by the size of the space. Indoor spaces need to follow the four square metre rule, except when unstaffed, then the eight square metre rule applies, such as a 24 hour gym. Outside the two square metre rule applies.  
  • If you are exercising in a class, there is a limit of 100 outdoors and 50 indoors if the space allows that many people. 
  • Equipment should be cleaned after every use.   
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising indoors where you can’t keep 1.5 metre distance from others except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.  
  • Exercise can now include contact sports.   

If you own or manage an indoor gym or exercise business, you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.  

What outdoor facilities can open?  

Outdoor trampolining centres, playgrounds, swimming pools, and outdoor communal exercise equipment are open. There are no caps on the numbers of people except the two square metre rule applies. This means that the number of people allowed is defined by the size of the space. 

Outdoor sport facilities, such as golf courses, tennis courts and lawn bowl greens, are open if:  

  • equipment is cleaned and disinfected between users
  • people can keep at least 1.5 metres distance between each other. 

Venues are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use.  

Can I attend personal training?  

Yes, personal training sessions are allowed. Personal training can occur indoors or outdoors.  

  • You can train in a group of up to 50 people indoors and up to 100 people outdoors, as long as the size of the space allows. 
  • You must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance from each other.  
  • You must clean and disinfect equipment between users. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.  
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising indoors where you can’t keep 1.5 metre distance from others except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.  

If you own or manage an indoor gym or exercise business, you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.  

Can I attend boot camp?  

Yes, you can attend boot camp. Boot camp can occur indoors or outdoors.   

  • You can train in a group of up to 50 people indoors and up to 100 people outdoors, as long as the size of the space allows for four square metres inside and two square metres outside  
  • You must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance from each other.   
  • You must clean and disinfect equipment between users. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.

Businesses are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use.  

If you own or manage an indoor gym or exercise business, you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.  

Are swimming pools open?  

Yes, swimming pools can open.   

  • Indoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, spas and springs are open with no patron limits, as long as you follow the four square metre rule.  
  • You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in a public indoor setting, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear a face mask, and except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you out of breath or puffing.
  • Swimming classes continue.   
  • Outdoor swimming pools, spas and springs are open with no patron limits, as long as you follow the two square metre rule.  
  • Schools using outdoor pools have an exception to this limit when they have exclusive use of the pool during their visit.  
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets are open.   
  • Businesses are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use.  

If you own or manage an indoor gym or exercise business, you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.  

Can I play golf?  

Yes. Golf courses and outdoor driving ranges in Victoria can open.   

The number of people you can play with depends on the size of the golf course.  The two square metre rule applies.  

Golf carts may be used, but course operators are required to thoroughly clean the carts in between each use. You can use a golf cart with the people you are playing with but you should wear a face mask while in the cart, unless an exemption applies. 

People playing together should keep at least 1.5 metres distance apart.   

You must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear a face mask. It is strongly recommended you wear a mask if you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance outdoors. 

Indoor facilities are open and the four square metre rule applies. You must clean and disinfect equipment between users. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.  

Businesses are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use.  

Are playgrounds and skate parks open?  

Playgrounds and skateparks are open. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others, and wear a fitted face mask if you cannot. Wash your hands when you get home.   

Indoor skateparks, playcentres and indoor trampolining centres are open.  The four square metre rule applies.    

Businesses are required to record attendance. Electronic record keeping is recommended. The Victorian Government has a free QR code system you can use.  

Is outdoor communal gym equipment open?  

Yes. The use of communal outdoor exercise equipment is allowed. While using outdoor gym equipment you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. Wash or sanitise your hands after use.    

Can I participate in recreational activities like fishing?  

Yes. You can participate in recreational activities by yourself or in a group of up to 100 people.   

This could include  hunting, boating, surfing, fishing and recreational diving. There are no limits on the distance you can travel in Victoria. You can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for recreational activities.   

You should maintain at least 1.5 metre distance from others. It is recommended that you wear a face mask if you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.  

Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment. You must clean and disinfect shared equipment between users.   

Can I go horse-riding?  

Yes. You can go horse-riding with members of your household or in a group of up to 100 people outdoors.   

 Indoor horse-riding classes can resume:    

  • There are limits on the number of people in facilities. This limit reduces the risk of transmission within a closed space.   
  • You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in a public indoor setting, unless you have a lawful reason not to wear a face mask.
  • Classes are allowed with up to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors. Smaller venues will have a smaller number of people. 
  • Where possible, equipment shouldn’t be shared between people and must be cleaned after every use.   

You need to ensure that you keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others. You must clean and disinfect equipment between users. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.   

If you own or manage an indoor gym or exercise business, you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.  

Reviewed 17 January 2021

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