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Sport and exercise

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

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021:

  • Community sport can resume for all ages, both training and competition.
  • Contact and non-contact sport can resume with the minimum amount of people needed for the activity.
  • You must check in at all recreation venues using the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of your visit.
  • Indoor physical recreation can resume for adults, with class sizes of up to 10 per session (not including the trainer).
  • A maximum venue capacity of 100 patrons for each indoor space and 300 per outdoor space applies and a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in non-seated spaces. 
  • Equipment must be cleaned between users.
  • You must wear a face mask when indoors or outdoors, unless an exception applies. You do not need to wear a mask while exercising strenuously. 
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must be present for the facility to operate.
  • If a facility is used exclusively for community sport, group limits do not apply, but numbers are limited to the minimum number required to conduct the activity.
  • Indoor swimming pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms can open with up to 100 patrons per indoor space and a density quote of 1 person per 4 sqm in non-seated spaces. Maximum groups of 10 people. 
  • Play centres, indoor skateparks, trampolining centres are open for up to 100 patrons. Maximum group size of 10 people applies.

Can I exercise with others?

Yes.    

  • You can exercise with people you live with
  • In a group of up to 10 people outside. 
  • In a group of up to 10 people inside (not at a private residence).
  • Infants less than 12 months old are not counted in the group limit. 
  • You can compete or train in both contact and non-contact community sport, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Training and competition is limited to the minimum number of people required to train or play, and the venue capacity indoors.

Can community sport resume?

Community sport can resume for all ages, both training and competition. Contact and non-contact sport can resume with the minimum number of people needed to train or play. Spectators are not permitted unless to supervise dependants. Venues are subject to limits. A maximum venue capacity of 100 patrons for each indoor space and 300 per outdoor space applies and a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in non-seated spaces. 

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors. You do not need to wear a mask if exercising strenuously. 

Are indoor sport facilities open?

Yes, indoor areas of swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness, dance studios, spin facilities and indoor personal training facilities are open but:

  • There are limits on the number of people and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies to non-seated spaces. There are limits of 100 people per space indoors in these facilities. This limit reduces the risk of transmission. 
  • Classes can resume with groups of up to 10 people. 
  • Equipment shared between people must be cleaned after every use. 
  • You must carry a face mask on you and wear it when you finish exercising. You do not need to wear a mask if you are exercising strenuously and are physically exerted. 

What outdoor facilities can open?

Outdoor skateparks, playgrounds, and outdoor communal exercise equipment are open.  

Outdoor physical recreation facilities – such as golf courses, tennis courts and lawn bowl greens are also open. 

Outdoor physical recreation and sport is open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in non-seated spaces. The maximum venue capacity is 100 people per space indoors or 300 per space outdoors. 

Maximum group size of 10 people applies.

Can I attend personal training or boot camp?

Yes, personal training sessions and boot camp are allowed.  

You can train in a group of up to 10 people plus the trainer.

Are outdoor swimming pools open?

Yes, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open with a density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm in non-seated spaces and a maximum limit of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors. Groups are limited to 10. 

The same limits above apply to spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs. 

Can I play golf?

Yes. Golf courses and outdoor driving ranges are open.  A density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm in non-seated spaces and a maximum limit of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors. 

You can play golf with members of your household or in a group of up to 10 people.  

Golf carts may be used, but course operators should thoroughly clean the carts in between each use.  

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

Face masks are required outdoors. You should clean and disinfect equipment between users. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.  

Are playgrounds and skate parks open?

Indoor and outdoor playgrounds and skateparks are open. Limits apply with no more than 100 patrons per space in an indoor facility and 300 per space outdoors. A density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm in non-seated spaces. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. Wash your hands before you leave and when you get home. Face masks are required indoors and outdoors.  

Can I go to the beach?

Yes. You can go to the beach with the people you live with or in a group of up to 10 people. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the 10-person limit.

Can I participate in recreational activities like fishing?

Yes. You can leave home for permitted exercise and recreation activities that are outdoors and can be done by yourself, members of your household, or in a group of up to 10 people. 

This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, and recreational diving. There are no limits on the distance you can travel to exercise.

Where possible, maintain at least 1.5 metre distance from others and minimise the sharing of equipment. You should 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 10 people, plus an instructor if required. 

Can I play professional sports?

Yes, you can continue to play professional or high-performance sports. Density quotients do not apply if the venue is used exclusively for professional or high-performance sports. 

You may engage in professional sporting events that have been approved by the Chief Health Officer.

The professional nature of these sports means that there are more processes and resources in place to ensure that players and officials conduct activities in a safe way that slows the spread of COVID-19. This is why professional teams are currently allowed to undertake more activities than community sports. 

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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