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Sport and exercise

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

Summary

  • Victoria moved to further relaxed COVIDSafe settings from 11.59pm on Friday 9 April 2021. 
  • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. For more information on when face masks must be worn, see When to wear a face mask.
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising when you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others, except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.
  • There are no limits on class sizes for outdoor and indoor physical recreation or fitness classes. 
  • Unstaffed cardio and strength training facilities (including gyms) require a density limit of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • All other physical recreational facilities must apply the density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm.
  • Swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, spas and springs are open. These facilities must apply the two square metre rule, unless an exception applies. 
  • Employers operating physical recreational facilities, and swimming poos, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, spas and springs, must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system for record keeping (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to 23 April 2021.)
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets are open. 
  • While exercising you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

What are the changes for community sport, physical recreation or fitness classes?

Limits on class sizes for outdoor and indoor community sport, physical recreation and fitness classes have been removed. 

Employers operating physical recreational facilities must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system for record keeping (employers will have a 28-day compliance amnesty to 23 April 2021.)

Physical recreational facilities that have seated spaces can use 100 per cent of their seated capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 members of the public permitted per seated space (infants under one year of age are not counted in this limit). The density quotient still applies to non-seated spaces at these physical recreational facilities.

If the maximum capacity for the physical recreational facility is more than 500 people in accordance with the directions currently in force, the facility must maintain and publish on its website a COVIDSafe Plan.

You should keep at least 1.5 metres from others while watching a sports game.

Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment.

You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home, unless an exception applies.

What are the requirements for sport facilities?

Facilities such as gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness, studios, spin facilities, personal training facilities, trampolining centres and indoor play centres, must comply with the following:

  • Operate by the density quotient of 1 person per 2 square meters in non-seated spaces. This limits the number of people allowed in non-seated spaces and reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission within a closed space.
  • In the case of cardio or strength training facilities that are unstaffed, operate by the density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Maintain electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to April 23).
  • All class or group limits have been removed.
  • Shared equipment should be cleaned after every use.  
  • Maintain and publish COVIDSafe Plans on its website if the maximum capacity of the facility is more than 500 people
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when exercising where you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from others, except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.
  • Exercise can include contact sports.  
  • Outdoor trampolining centres, playgrounds, swimming pools, outdoor communal exercise equipment and boot camps, and golf ranges are open. There are no caps on the numbers of people permitted to attend these facilities however density quotients continue to apply in accordance with the directions currently in force. This means that the number of people allowed is defined by the size of the relevant space.

If you own or manage a physical recreational facility (such as an indoor gym or exercise business), you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting the Sport, exercise and physical recreation page. 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 personal training?

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

  • No group limits apply but should maintain at least 1.5 metres 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 when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from others, except where that exercise or physical activity leaves you short of breath or puffing.

If you own or manage a physical recreational facility (such as an indoor gym or exercise business), you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting the Sport, exercise and physical recreation page.  There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping.

Facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to April 23).

What are the changes to swimming pools?

  • Swimming lessons and water safety instruction taking place in pool areas of swimming facilities, both indoors and outdoors, do not need to apply the density quotient.
  • Pool areas where swimming lessons and water safety instructions are not taking place continue to be subject to density quotient requirements.
  • Swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, spas and springs must apply the two square metre rule in all other areas of the facility.
  • Schools using outdoor pools have an exception to this limit when they have exclusive use of the pool during their visit. 
  • Facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to April 23).
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets are  open.

If you own or manage a physical recreational facility (such as an indoor gym or exercise business), you can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting the Sport, exercise and physical recreation page. There are a number of restrictions that apply to these businesses including limits on the number of customers, cleaning, signage and record keeping. 

Reviewed 15 April 2021

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