COVID-19 Return to Sport and Recreation – UPDATE

(As of the 13/05/2020)

On the back of State Government’s announcement surrounding the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, provides an opportunity for the return of some Sport and Recreation Activities –  in line with social distancing (being at least 1.5 m apart) and capped participation numbers (maximum of 10).

What remains closed/ Sport and Recreational Activities prohibited:

  • Indoor physical recreation facilities, including gyms, yoga studios, wellness centres, barre and spin facilities and health studios
  • Indoor personal training facilities where personal training services are the predominant activity
  • Skate Parks
  • Outdoor communal gym equipment
  • Swimming Pools
  • All indoor Sports and Recreational Activities
  • Sporting Clubs and Recreation Reserve clubhouses, bars, eating areas, indoor sitting areas, showers and change facilities must remain closed.

What Sport and Recreational Activities are allowed/ Facilities available:

Toilet Facilities ONLY can remain open at sporting facilities.

Sport and Recreation activities can resume if:

  • You can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart)
  • You are doing your activities in a public space
  • You are not competing (team vs team)
  • It is a non-contact activity and you can keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • You can do them with a maximum of 10 people.

This includes:

  • Fishing
  • Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing
  • Hiking



  • Under the new directions, you can play golf in groups of no more than 10 people. You must ensure 1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others.


  • No sharing of equipment – including golf carts with people outside your immediate family
  • No Rakes or flags
  • Using Hand Sanitiser is recommended before and after your game


Tennis Victoria have advised that some limited forms of tennis can restart from May 13th 2020. These include Singles, Doubles and coaching sessions (with a maximum of 10 participants). To support this, Tennis Victoria has developed a comprehensive “Return to Tennis Toolkit” which contains Guidelines for restarting play safely and within revised Government restrictions.

Despite the season being completed for all tennis clubs throughout the Yarriambiack Shire Council, there is an opportunity for community members to utilise the courts for casual hits if clubs choose to have their facilities opened and available for public use.


As of Wednesday the 13th of May, Bowls Victoria have advised that clubs can now reopen their bowling greens. However, the “Return to Play” guidelines state that:

  • Clubs are permitted to have 10 people maximum per green (including a coach).
  • Rinks must be positioned a minimum of 1.5 metres apart at all times.
  • Maximum of 4 Bowlers per rink at any one time. Bowlers should practice social distancing (1.5 meters apart) at all times.
  • Please refrain from handling other people’s bowls
  • Clubs should be aware that Bowls are limited to practice at this stage and no organised competition Bowls are permitted
  • Clubs must keep a list of who attends the venue/club and at what time (arrival and departure times) to assist with contact tracing if required.
  • No spectators are permitted to watch anyone practice


Peak Body UPDATES:

Please note, that despite restriction announcements, some Peak Bodies have released their own “Return to Play” guidelines which may prohibit that sport from commencing training or being played at this current time.

AFL/ Netball:

As it currently stands, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria’s position around training is that no sanctioned training should take place until further notice.

AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria will seek clarity from the State Government around what the announcement means for community football/ netball. A number of considerations around health and safety protocols and insurance needs to be worked through prior to any training being sanctioned.

AFL and Netball Victoria will provide a “Return to Play” protocol for community leagues and clubs once it is approved by the state Government.


There are still many questions that will need to be clarified and confirmed with the relevant authorities before we can safely return to hockey activities.

Hockey Victoria strongly recommends to its affiliates to hold off on resuming hockey activities until next week. This will allow them to work with the authorities to finalise the Return to Hockey Guidelines.

Further information will be communicated to all affiliates when it becomes available.


Cricket Victoria are yet to make an announcement around what the “Return to Play” will look like for the sport of cricket.

With all Cricket Clubs in the Yarriambiack Shire Council having their seasons completed prior to COVID-19, clubs are not impacted by the pending decision.

Final Message:

As much as we all want to get back into our usual sport and recreational activities, we need to be very mindful that the risk of COVID-19 is still there and we need to use our common sense when partaking in sport and recreational activities.

  • Ensure you keep up with your personal hygiene – use sanitizer before and after an activity
  • Maintain your 1.5m distance when around others
  • Ensure all activities you participate in don’t exceed participation numbers of a maximum of 1
  • Please ensure you follow all Government and Peak Body guidelines when you are participating in a sport and recreational activity – IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF THE GUIDELINES… ASK!
  • If you can stay at home – you must stay home.

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