Information about sport and exercise in regional Victoria.

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11.59pm on 13 September 2020

Second step: Sport and exercise - regional Victoria

What does this mean I can do?

If you live in regional Victoria:

  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur.
  • You can exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with your household members or up to five people (including you) from a maximum of two households. You must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 
  • Some outdoor sport facilities are closed.
  • Outdoor playground and swimming pools are open.
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, plus the instructor.
  • You should exercise and use recreational facilities at the closest available location to your home. 
Your questions answered

What activities are restricted?

From 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September, if you live in regional Victoria the following activities are restricted.

  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with your household members or up to five people (including you) from a maximum of two households. You must be able to keep at least 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.
  • Some outdoor sport facilities are closed.
  • Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, plus the instructor.

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 cycling 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, then you must wear a face covering. You must wear a face covering while walking, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is important that you keep at least 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: Whole of Victoria page.

Can I leave the house to exercise outdoors?

Yes. You can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public space. You can exercise with members of your household. You can meet in a group of up to five people (including you) outdoors. The five people can only live in two households. This means you can only meet up with friends or family members who live in one house together at one time. Children who are under one year of age are not counted in the five person limit.

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 travel to metropolitan Melbourne to exercise.

While exercising with a person outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from them and others.

Can I exercise with others?

You can exercise outdoors with people who normally live with you or up to five people (including you) from a maximum of two households This includes taking a walk or walking the dog, yoga in the park, running, or bike riding. You can also use a personal trainer in a group of two (excluding the trainer) outdoors. Children who are under one year of age are not counted in the five person limit.

While exercising, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. You cannot exercise with another person in a manner that 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.

Can I travel to metropolitan Melbourne to exercise?

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot travel into this area to exercise or for outdoor recreation.

Can I travel to my favourite walking track if it’s far away?

No. You should not travel further than you need to, and you should use the walking tracks closest to your home.  There are no limits on the distance you can travel to exercise, however staying close to home is important. You should not travel further than you need to. You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne to exercise.

Victorians must use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities. Lives are counting on it.

Are indoor sport facilities closed?

Yes. Gyms, swimming pools, health clubs, class-based fitness, studios, barre, spin facilities and indoor personal training facilities are closed.

Are outdoor sport facilities closed?

In regional Victoria some outdoor sport facilities are closed.

Outdoor sport facilities – such as golf courses and tennis courts - 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 at least 1.5 metres distance between each other. No more than five people per group, unless they are members of the same household. The five people per group can be from a maximum of two households.

The following is open from 11:59pm Sunday 13 September:

  • Outdoor communal gym equipment
  • Outdoor swimming pools (change rooms remain closed).

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

Can I attend personal training?

From 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September outdoor personal training sessions are allowed. There are still some restrictions – sessions should be limited to no more than two people in addition to a personal trainer. You can do a personal training session with the people you live with and the two person limit doesn’t apply. The trainer should wear a face covering while taking the training, unless they have an exemption.

People must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance from each other. Equipment must not be shared, and you should clean and disinfect equipment after use. You will not be able to participate in group fitness activities, including bootcamps.

Can I attend boot camp?

No. You cannot participate in group fitness activities, including bootcamps. You can train outdoors with a personal trainer and one other person.

Are swimming pools closed?

Indoor public swimming pools, saunas and spas are closed. Outdoor swimming pools can re-open from 11:59pm Sunday 13 September. Change room facilities remain closed.

Can I play golf?

Yes. Golf courses outside metropolitan Melbourne can open however, a person can only play golf with members of their own household or up to five people from a maximum of two households. You should not travel further than you need to, and you should play at the golf course closest to your home.

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 at least 1.5 metres distance apart, and maintain 100 meters from all other groups (i.e. only one group should be playing a single hole at a time).

If you are not doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, then you must wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise.

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

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you cannot play golf.

Are playgrounds and skate parks open?

Outdoor playgrounds will reopen from 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September. While at a playground you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Skate parks remain closed.

Is outdoor communal gym equipment open?

Yes. The use of communal outdoor exercise equipment is allowed. While using outdoor gym equipment you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

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. You cannot visit a beach in metropolitan Melbourne.

Can I do snow sports?

All alpine resorts and Parks Victoria snow destinations are closed to the public for all forms of skiing and snowboarding.

Cross-country skiing is permitted exercise for those living at alpine resorts and by those who have access to privately-owned land where cross-country skiing is possible. You can ski with members of your own household or up to five people from a maximum of two households. You should not travel further than you need to.  

Can I go to the park?

Yes. You can go to the park for socialising and wellbeing by yourself, or with a total of five people from a maximum of two households. For example, you can read a book, or play a musical instrument in a park.

You should go to the park closest to your home and maintain at least 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others and no equipment should be shared

When you leave home you must wear a face covering unless you have a lawful reason not to. If you are not doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, then you must wear a face covering.

Can I go to a dog park?

Yes. You can only walk your dog around a dog park with members of your household, or up to five people from a maximum of two households.

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.

Can I undertake 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 up to five people from a maximum of two households.

This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, and recreational diving. 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 from others and no equipment should be shared.

You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne for exercise or recreational activities.

Can I go horse-riding?

Yes. You can go horse-riding with members of your household or up to five people from a maximum of two households, 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 at least 1.5 metres from others.

Can I ride a horse for the purpose of exercising the animal?

You should exercise your horse on your own property or place of agistment. Where this is not possible, due to safety or animal welfare concerns, you may exercise your horse outside of your property or agistment.

Can I play professional sports?

If you live in regional Victoria, you may continue to play professional sports.

Professional sports have access to otherwise restricted facilities to train and engage 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 Public Health Directions.

People who do not wear a face covering and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.

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 1800 136 089. 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 the Public Health Directions to provide information.

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

People who do not wear a face covering and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.