Sport, exercise and physical recreation services sector guidance

Sector guidance for sport, exercise and physical recreation businesses within Victoria.

Lockdown lifted across Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced the lockdown will end at 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July. Businesses and venues can reopen with COVIDSafe measures in place and the Authorised Worker List will no longer apply. Face masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors (except at home) unless an exception applies. If you can work from home, you should work from home.

For further information, see How we work: Current restrictions.

The information on this page is not being updated during lockdown. For information on the current restrictions go to How we work: Current restrictions.

COVIDSafe Plan for Community Sport and Recreation

Frequently asked questions

Last updated: 25 June 2021

Read below for frequently asked questions for businesses in the sport, exercise and physical recreation services sector.

What are the current face mask requirements?

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.

For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see: Face masks.


  • A patron is any member of the public at a physical recreation facility, whether they are engaging in a physical recreation activity at the time or not. For example, a patron is anyone using a pool complex, such as a child having a swimming lesson, and their parent who is watching on.

    A worker, such as the swimming teacher or a lifeguard, is not considered a patron.

  • Community sport refers to competitions and training overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

    Physical recreation is any other activity that is not associated with competition or training overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, including non-competitive casual sport and social play, fitness and gym classes. 

    For more information visit physical recreation and exercising

  • A physical recreation facility is defined by the activity taking place at that location, not by the type of building or structure, or its usual use. For example, an oval at a park is only considered to be a sport or physical recreation facility when sport or physical recreation is taking place.

    A facility predominantly used for physical recreation or sport (such as a golf club, tennis club, go kart track, equestrian centre, gymnasium, or yoga studio,) is considered a ‘physical recreational facility’ only when physical recreation of sport is taking place there. 

    Other venues such as halls, community centres and parks will be considered a ‘physical recreational facility’ when they are being used for the purpose of physical recreation or sport at the time. For example, a community hall which has been hired for the purpose of a dance rehearsal or indoor sporting match.

    Spaces not considered to be physical recreation facilities include: 

    • skatepark or trampolining centres in an outdoor space
    • outdoor communal exercise equipment
    • swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms a creative art facility (for example, art studios, music studios and rehearsal rooms).
  • Indoor sport or recreational facilities include gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga studios, pilates studios, barre studios, dance studios, spin facilities, indoor basketball courts, indoor climbing facilities, squash courts and table tennis centres.

  • Cardio and strength training facilities use cardio equipment (such as exercise bikes, elliptical trainers, steppers and rowing machines), free weights, kettlebells and weight and/or strength training equipment and machines. A cardio or strength-training facility may be a stand-alone facility or part of another facility (such as a gymnasium, health club, fitness centre or personal training facility). Cardio and strength training facilities must also have a COVIDMarshal on-site. Please see COVIDMarshals for more information.

Community sport

  • We all have a responsibility to make sure we can safely participate in community sport and recreation. To help participants stay safe it is recommended that operators supply hand sanitiser on entry and display signage to patrons reminding them of COVIDSafe behaviours. This includes:


    Participants should practise good hygiene by washing their hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.

    Where practical, participants should bring their own equipment and limit the sharing of equipment. If equipment is shared, it must be cleaned between each use. For example, golfers should mark their own card, tennis players should use their own racquets. Participants should minimise equipment sharing - for example, tyres and ropes or scrum machines - and avoid sharing uniforms such as hockey goalkeeper gear.

    Physical distancing

    Where possible, participants and spectators should aim to maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.

  • Yes. Golf carts can be shared by players. Course operators are required to thoroughly clean the carts in between each use, in line with cleaning and disinfection guidelines

    You can use a golf cart with the people you are playing with but it is recommended you wear a face mask while in the cart as you will be unable to maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance. 

  • Yes. Using a booking or reservation system to set time limits is encouraged so that there is minimal overlap between different groups.

Professional sport

  • Yes. All Victorian work premises that are open must have a COVIDSafe Plan. This includes professional sport and community sport that have a Risk Management and Community Safety ‘Return to Play’ Plan.

    Further information can be found at COVIDSafe Plan: Community Sport and Recreation.

Reviewed 22 July 2021

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