Information about easing of restrictions for sport and exercise from 11:59pm on 31 May.

Key points

Restrictions on sport and exercise have been eased further:

From 11:59pm on 31 May

  • Up to 20 people can participate in outdoor group sport and exercise activities, provided you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.
  • Public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks are now open .
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool.

From 11:59pm on 21 June

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Current restrictions

Summary of current restrictions on sport and exercise have been eased: 

From 11:59pm on 31 May

  • Up to 20 people can participate in group sport and exercise activities but it must be outside and non-contact. 
  • Public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks are now open 
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule calculated on the publicly accessible area excluding the pool and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool. 

As always, we’re urging Victorians to use common sense in their activities. It’s up to all of us make this work.

What measures have been put in place to keep staff and customers safe? 

Limits are placed on entry to ensure compliance with density requirements – one person per four square metres. For more information, see the Business sector page.

Increased hygiene measures for staff and patrons is required. We are working closely with industry associations and workers’ representatives to ensure clear, detailed and practical guidance is in place for different types of businesses. See 'What are some of the things I can do right now' on the Business sector page.

Participants need to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres, good hand hygiene, and stay home if feeling unwell.

Can I leave the house to exercise outside?

Yes, you can leave your home to exercise, provided it’s possible to maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others at all times. This includes, walking, running, bike riding or other types of exercise, such as yoga in a park.

Can I go to the gym?

Gyms, including indoor personal training facilities remain closed for now.

Can I attend my boot camp?

Yes. From 11:59pm 31 May, boot camps can operate provided there are no more than 20 people training together outdoors. 

All activity and training must be non-contact and participants should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.   

Boot camps should practice good hand hygiene, frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection and participants should use their own equipment where possible. 

Can I go swimming?

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space. The four square metre rule applies, calculated on the publicly accessible area excluding the pool. 

There is a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool. 

Toilets at swimming pools are opened. Showers and change rooms remain closed.

A swimming pool including those used by a single professional sporting team must keep a record of the people who have attended. See Record keeping requirements on the Business sector page.

Can I go horse riding?

Yes, from 11:59pm on 31 May you can ride in a group of up to 20 people, plus the person or people required to run the session. You must maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and other people. If you are attending a horse-riding facility, you cannot use club facilities, except toilets. 

Horse riding facilities will be required to ask for your contact details to assist in rapid contact tracing if required.  

Using shared equipment should be avoided where practical and there should be no sharing of equipment that touches the face or head (e.g. helmets, googles or masks). If equipment is shared, then it should be cleaned and sanitised between users. 

You are not allowed to attend or compete in horse riding competitions (except where you are competing in a professional horse-riding event). 

From 11:59pm 21 June, and in line with the up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer, you should be able to ride inside as long as there are no more than 20 people in the indoor facility. The four square metre rule applies. Any group classes held indoors should be no more than 10 people, plus the person or people taking the lesson. 

Can I exercise outside with others?

From 11:59pm on 31 May you can exercise outdoors with up to 20 people, provided you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and the other person.

Can I drive a bit further to exercise? Can I go into regional Victoria now?

Yes, you can drive to a location to exercise but if you can walk or exercise near your home, you should. For more information on travelling visit the travel restrictions page.

Can I shower at the sport or exercise facility I attend?

Communal showers and change rooms remain closed. Poor ventilation and the shared nature of these facilities increase the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. Toilets can be used.

How do I ensure shared toilets at my venue comply with physical distancing measures?

Use floor markings with adequately spaced markers on the floor to promote physical distancing.

You should also ensure toilets are in working condition with soap provided, and increase cleaning as appropriate.

Can I share equipment with other participants?

Use your own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses.

Can I drink from a public water fountain or bubbler?

Public drinking water supplies are safe to drink. Although the risk is very low, surfaces around the fountain including the spout and button/lever could pose a transmission risk for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Children and adults can drink from water fountains. When using public drinking water fountains and bubblers, it is good practice to run them to draw fresh, drinking water through prior to drinking and most importantly avoid placing your mouth directly on the fountain or bubbler. When filling up a water bottle at the drink fountain, ensure the spout of your drink bottle does not contact the fountain head or bubbler.

If the fountain requires you to push a button or lever, clean the surface first or use your elbow or a clean tissue to operate the tap. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub if you’ve touched a button or lever with your hands.

Are swimming pools open?

From 11:59 on 31 May, swimming pools can open. In a swimming pool the following limits apply to the number of swimmers in the pool:

  • a maximum of 20 in total
  • a maximum of 3 in each lane

Patrons should shower at home prior to visiting and physical distancing applies to all non-water parts of pool facilities.

Check with your local council to find out if your swimming pool has opened, the hours of operation and the processes your local council has in place to protect your health and safety.

If I want to watch my child’s swimming lesson, am I included in the total number of people allowed in the facility? Do I need to maintain physical distance between myself and others while watching?

If you are watching your child swim (and are not entering the water), you are not included in the limit on the number of people in the pool. The number of people in the pool facility (i.e. those who aren’t in the pool) shouldn’t exceed the four square metre rule. To understand how this applies to your local pool, you should contact them.  You should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between you and others who are not from your household.

Can I play professional sport?

Professional sports have access to otherwise restricted facilities for the purpose of training and engaging in professional sporting events.

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 limits the spread of coronavirus, which is why professional teams are allowed to undertake more activities than community sports.

Professional sport can resume full training and can use indoor or outdoor facilities subject to some restrictions – these include facilities only allowing one professional sport team to train at a time.

Facilities must collect the details of each person who attends the facility and take steps to implement relevant recommendations by the Victorian Government.

Professional sport can also use arenas and stadiums for the purpose of engaging in professional sporting events or for training by a single professional sports team. Only people necessary for the professional sporting event or broadcasting of that event may attend.

What community sports remain prohibited and can I train?

You can participate in training for all sports, but it must be outside (except for pools) and non-contact.

From 11:59pm on 31 May you can train with only 20 people participating at any one time, in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager).

This means that contact sports cannot occur including Aussie rules, other codes of football and soccer, netball and basketball, unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.

Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo must be modified so participants maintain physical distancing.

Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart. Activity should be training only, no competition, and with a maximum group of 20 outdoors, plus the people required to run the activity.

Can I use sports club facilities?

You can use toilet facilities connected to a permitted sport location. Showers and change facilities must remain closed.

Can I play golf?

You can, but you can must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes to these activities.

How many people can play golf on a hole at a time? What if there is a queue of golfers at a hole?

While exercising or playing sport you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I share a golf buggy with someone outside my house?

You shouldn’t share a golf buggy with someone who lives outside your household. You must maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I go to tai chi or yoga classes now?

From 11:59pm on 31 May, you can take a tai chi or yoga class outside – as long as you are in a group of no more than 20 people in addition to the minimum number of people required to lead the class.

What does this mean for AFL/other sporting codes?

Work is being undertaken to return to play for professional sport. More information can be found at Sports and Recreation Victoria.

Can different fitness or recreation groups hold separate activities in the same park?

People should be mindful that 20 multiple groups should not gather in the same location or close together. Police will continue to monitor activities to ensure compliance.

Can I go to spectate professional sports players training?

No. For the foreseeable future, professional sport will be in a spectator-free environment with the minimum support staff available to support the competition.

Can martial arts be practiced?

Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo must be modified so participants maintain physical distancing. Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart. Activity should be training only, no competition, and in line with the limits on gatherings. 

Can I go to the park?

You can meet up with friends, family and loved ones at the park, with groups of up to 20 people, from 11:59pm on 31 May – but as always, we’re asking Victorians to use common sense and consideration when it comes to their activities.

Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

Are public playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor communal gyms open?

Public playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gyms are open.

There is no limit on the number of people that can utilise these facilities at any one time. People should not gather in groups of more than 20 and should stay 1.5 metres apart from others where possible.

Can I fly a hobby plane?

Yes, you are allowed to fly a hobby plane, model plane or kite. You should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can we go to the beach?

Yes, you can relax at the beach, have a picnic or play non-contact sports.

From 11:59pm on 31 May, gathering sizes can increase to 20 people.

Multiple groups of people should not gather close by. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

Can I go swimming at the beach?

You can swim at the beach, but you should keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others and comply with group limits.

Can I go to a national park?

Under the new directions, parks may reopen for hiking and other recreational activities.

From 11:59pm on 31 May, gathering sizes can increase to 20 people.

Where possible, driving with passengers outside your household should be avoided.

Multiple groups of people should not gather close by. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

For information on camping read about travel restrictions.

Can I go bushwalking?

Some parks have reopened for hiking and other recreational activities.

Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

From 11:59pm on 31 May, gathering sizes can increase to 20 people.

Can I go fishing? Can I go fishing with friends? Or hunting?

You can go fishing or hunting, but you must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

From 11:59pm on 31 May, gathering sizes have been increased to 20 people.

Fishing or hunting competitions cannot currently occur.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

Can I go boating?

Recreational boating is permitted. Physical distancing and mass gathering rules apply at all times – including at the boat ramp and on your boat.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.

Can I get out on the water in my boat with a mate? It's a small boat. Do we need to physically distance?

You can go boating but you must maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can I go gold prospecting or panning?

You can go gold prospecting or panning but you must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.

From 11:59pm on 31 May, gathering sizes can increase to 20 people.

Can I go for a drive or a motorbike ride as a recreational activity?

You are able to go for a drive and driving practice is now permitted, as well as attending driving lessons.

How will you enforce this?

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by DHHS and Local Government Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

As restrictions are eased, industry bodies, Victoria Police, Worksafe, DHHS and Local Government Authorised Officers will work together under both  the Directions and existing legislative and regulatory frameworks to boost education and remediation, in addition to driving enforcement and compliance with the Directions.

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 co-ordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.

What are the penalties for noncompliance?

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.

Changes to restrictions from 11:59pm on 21 June

Subject to advice from the Chief Health Officer, from 11:59pm on 21 June:

  • Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity
  • Indoor physical recreation (for example, gyms, health clubs, class fitness studios) can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity
  • Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive
  • All indoor venues will need to abide by existing physical distancing requirements of one person per four square metres.

Can I go to the gym?

From 11:59pm on 21 June, indoor physical recreation venues, including gyms, can open with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space.

Up to 10 people are allowed per group or activity, such as a pilates or pump class, at any one time. The class instructor is not counted as part of the 10.

Venues with multiple separate enclosed spaces must ensure there are measures in place to limit close contact between patrons in shared spaces such as foyers and bathrooms.

Changes to these dates will be subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

What about snow sports? Can I travel to get there?

Snow sports are permitted and the ski season can open at 11:59pm on 21 June. We are working with the ski industry to develop plans so people can enjoy skiing facilities and resort venues safely.

Use of shared sporting equipment should be minimised and there should be no sharing of equipment that touches the face or head (e.g. helmets, goggles or masks).

Travel is allowed, including day trips and overnight stays in private residences, subject to private gathering restrictions.

Overnight stays are permitted in tourist accommodation if there is no use of communal facilities required.

As always though, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities.
 

Can I go to tai chi or yoga classes now?

From 11:59pm on 21 June, and in line with the up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer, you will be able to take a tai chi or yoga class inside with up to 10 people plus the minimum number of people required to lead the class. The four square metre rule applies indoors and participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart.

Outdoor classes can continue under existing directions.

Can martial arts be practiced?

From 11:59pm on 21 June , and in line with the up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer, you will be able to practice martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo indoors, if you are in a group of no more than 10 people (not including the people required to lead the class) and the four square metre rule is met. Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart so training must be modified. Activity should be training only, no competition, and in line with the limits on gatherings.