Information about sport and exercise in the Shire of Mitchell.

Key points

If you live in the Shire of Mitchell:

  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur.
  • If you live in Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or household members. You must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 
  • Some outdoor sport facilities are closed.
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor.
  • You should exercise and use recreational facilities at the closest available location to your home. 
Your questions answered

What activities are restricted?

In the Shire of Mitchell the following activities are restricted:

  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or household members. You must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur.
  • If you live in Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • People aged 18 years and younger are not exempt from this restriction.
  • Some outdoor sport facilities are closed. 
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor.
  • Swimming pools are closed.

Do I have to wear a face covering while exercising?

If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as jogging or running, you do not need to wear a face covering. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise.

If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are not out of breath or puffing, such as walking, then you must wear a face covering. 

If you have a lawful excuse such as a medical condition, where it would be dangerous for your breathing to be obstructed while walking around, then you do not need to wear a face covering.

It is important that you keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others while exercising, even when wearing a face covering.

For more information on face coverings visit the face coverings page.

Can I leave the house to exercise outdoors?

Yes. In Mitchell Shire you can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public space, either alone, with members of your household or with one other person outside your household. 

You should use the parks and public spaces which are closest to your home. This includes walking, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking or yoga in the park.

To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you cannot leave Mitchell Shire to exercise. 

If you live outside of Mitchell Shire you cannot enter these areas for the purpose of exercise or recreation.

While exercising with people outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I exercise with others?

You can exercise outdoors with people who normally live with you or with one other person outside your household. This includes taking a walk or walking the dog, yoga in the park, running, or bike riding. You and your exercise partner can also hire a personal trainer.

While exercising, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. You cannot exercise with another person in a manner than would mean you are less than 1.5m apart (e.g. in a double kayak).

Can I participate in community sport?

No. You cannot participate in community sport if you live in Mitchell Shire. 

Can I leave Mitchell Shire to exercise?

If you live in Mitchell Shire, you cannot travel outside of the area to exercise or for outdoor recreation. 

My favourite walking track is on the other side of the city. Can I still go there?

No. You should not travel further than you need to and you should use the walking tracks closest to your home. Victorians must use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities. Lives are counting on it.

Are indoor sport facilities closed?

Yes. In Mitchell Shire, gyms, health clubs, class-based fitness, studios, barre, spin facilities and indoor personal training facilities are closed.

Are outdoor sport facilities closed?

In Mitchell Shire, some outdoor sport facilities are closed.

Outdoor sport facilities can open if people can exercise outside, equipment is not shared or rented, no indoor facilities or shared facilities (except toilets) are used, and people must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between each other.  

Where outdoor facilities can open, these facilities must have a patron cap of 10, unless each group of two can maintain 100 meters distance from all other people. Examples of outdoor facilities which may be able to open under these requirements include golf courses, football ovals, tennis courts, or outdoor shooting ranges. 

You should not travel further than you need to and you should only attend the outdoor sport facilities closest to your home. 

Can I attend personal training?

In Mitchell Shire, you can train outside with members of your household or one other person who is not part of your household, in addition to a personal trainer. 

People must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance and must not share equipment. You will not be able to participate on group fitness activities, including boot camps. 

Can I attend boot camp?

No. You cannot participate in group fitness activities, including boot camps. 

Are swimming pools closed?

Swimming pools, saunas and spas in Mitchell Shire are closed.

Can I play golf?

Yes. Golf courses in Mitchell Shire can open however, a person can only play golf with one other person or members of their own household.

Golf carts should only be used by a person who has a disability, is over the age of 65, or who can demonstrate that they require one due to having special needs. Course operators are required to thoroughly clean the carts in between each use. 

People playing together must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other, and maintain 100 meters from all other groups, (e.g. only two people should be playing a single hole at a time). 

Shared facilities and driving ranges cannot open and equipment must not be shared or rented.

If you live in Mitchell Shire, you cannot travel to play golf outside this area.

While you can play golf Mitchell Shire, you should not travel further than you need to and you should play at the golf course closest to your home. 

I am a member of a golf course 30 kilometres away and there is a public course around the corner from my house, am I allowed to play golf at the course 30km away?

If you are a member of a sporting club within the Restricted Area, then you can attend, provided the club is permitted to open under the restrictions.

Exercise is not a permitted reason to leave the Restricted Area, whether you have a membership at a regional sporting club or not.

Are playgrounds and skate parks closed?

Yes. Outdoor playgrounds and skate parks are closed.

Is outdoor communal gym equipment closed?

Yes. The use of communal outdoor exercise equipment is prohibited in Mitchell Shire. 

Can I go to the beach?

Yes. You can go to the beach for exercise or recreation only. You can swim or surf at the beach. 

You should not travel further than you need to and you should go to the beach closest to your home. 

Can I go to the park?

Yes. You can go to the park for exercise and for wellbeing by yourself, with one other person or your usual household members. For example you can do yoga, read a book, or play a musical instrument in a park by yourself or with one other person.

You should go to the park closest to your home, and must be able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others and no equipment should be shared. 

Can I go to a dog park?

Yes. If you live in Mitchell Shire you can only walk around a dog park with members of your household, or one other person. 

You should not travel further than you need to and you should go to the dog park closest to your home. Keep away from other people by maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres.

I live in Mitchell Shire. Can I undertake recreational activities like fishing?

Yes. If you live in Mitchell Shire, you can leave home for permitted exercise and recreation activities that are outdoors and can be done by yourself, members of your household, or with one other person. 

This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, recreational diving, learning to drive, or reading in a park. Exercise and recreational activities should be undertaken at the closest available locations to your home. 

You must be able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance and no equipment should be shared. 

You cannot leave Mitchell Shire for exercise or recreational activities.

Can I go horse-riding if I live in Mitchell Shire?

Yes. You can go horse-riding with one other person, plus an instructor if required. You should not travel further than you need to and you should horse ride at the closest available location to your home. 

You need to ensure that you keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others.

Can I play professional sports?

If you live in Mitchell Shire, you may continue to play professional sports.

Currently, professional sports have access to otherwise restricted facilities for the purpose of training and engaging in professional sporting events. Facilities must be used for the exclusive use of a single professional sporting team at a time. Guidelines have been developed for professional sports.

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 coronavirus (COVID-19). This is why professional teams are currently allowed to undertake more activities than community sports.

How will you enforce this? Who will enforce it?

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by authorised officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Deputy Chief Health Officer.

Industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, and Authorised Officers will work together to inform Victorians about the directions, as well as undertake enforcement and compliance activities as needed.

Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via Worksafe on 03 9641 1555. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or peak body for specific industry related support.
A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Joint Intelligence Unit has been established to support comprehensive preparedness and responses to outbreaks and identify and manage outbreak risks.

The Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe will coordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:

  • refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
  • refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.