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Sport and exercise - regional Victoria

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

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria

  • You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for community sport or exercise.
  • Outdoor community sport can continue, and is capped at 1000 people per outdoor space, subject to the 1 person per 4sqm rule.
  • Indoor community sport is capped at 300 people per indoor space, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.
  • Spectators are allowed and required to comply with the indoor and outdoor space limits
  • Physical recreation facilities such as gyms are open subject to the 4 sqm rule and up to 300 patrons per indoor space, and 1,000 patrons per outdoor space (excluding staff). A maximum group size of 50 people applies.
  • Equipment must be cleaned between uses.
  • Spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs can open subject to the 4 sqm rule and up to 300 patrons per indoor space and cap of 1000 per outdoor space. Maximum groups of 50 apply.
  • Indoor skateparks and trampoline centres are considered an indoor physical recreation facility and therefore indoor rules apply.
  • 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.

How many people can I exercise with?

You can exercise at indoor or outdoor venues outside your home with up to a total group size of 50 people, including your household.

Can I play sport with my community club, and have spectators watch?

You can play community sport and spectators may watch; density limits and patron caps apply for both spectators and participants. Indoor community sport is capped at 300 patrons per space, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.

Can I travel to metropolitan Melbourne to exercise?

Yes. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. Restrictions of the venue you attend will apply to you.

Can I go to my gym class?

Yes, recreational facilities such as gyms are open but the 4 sqm rule applies and up to 300 people per indoor space and 1000 people per outdoor space (not including staff). Group classes are limited to 50 people.

You must check in using the Service Victoria QR Code app.

Recreational facilities include gyms, swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness, dance studios, spin facilities and indoor personal training facilities.

Equipment shared between people must be cleaned after every use.

Can my school hire a recreation facility to hold classes?

Yes, and if your school uses the recreational facility exclusively no group limits, density quotients or venue limits apply for any space.

How many people can go to an outdoor skate park, or other outdoor communal facilities?

For outdoor communal facilities, such as a playground, outdoor communal exercise equipment or outdoor skatepark, operating for its ordinary purpose, a public gathering limit of 50 people applies.

Can I go to a communal spa or pool?

Yes, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs can open subject to the 4 sqm rule and up to 300 patrons per indoor space, or 1000 patrons per outdoor space. Maximum groups of 50 apply.

How do I stay COVIDSafe when exercising or playing sport?

Face masks are required indoors, except during strenuous activity or if another exception applies. Face masks are recommended when outdoors where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. 

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

Can I participate in recreational activities like fishing?

Yes, you can participate in fishing or other outdoor activities in groups of up to 50 people. 

This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, horse riding and recreational diving.

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 play professional sport in a public event?

You can play professional sport, but all public events are currently suspended unless allowed by the Public Events Framework.

Reviewed 17 June 2021

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