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Sport and recreation – Victoria

Current as of 14 January 2021, at 13:00 AEST

All of Victoria is under COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

You must wear a fitted face mask any time you are indoors, apart from when you’re in your private home, or when you are eating or drinking — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one. You should also wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people outdoors. Everyone must carry a mask with them at all times.

From 12:01am Monday 18 January 2021, you will only need to wear a fitted face mask in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • riding in a ride share or taxi
  • shopping centres, including retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • indoor markets
  • large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as supermarkets, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores and hardware stores
  • domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • airports
  • hospitals

For more information, go to the Victorian Government’s restrictions page at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

CovidSafe summer restrictions

If a health authority has directed you to isolate at home, you can't leave your home to exercise outdoors. However, you may get fresh air in your backyard, or on your porch or balcony. The penalty for a breach of isolation orders can be up to $4,957.

Scroll down for information about wearing fitted face masks and exemptions.

  • Contact and non-contact sport is allowed for adults and children.
  • Spectators are allowed at community sport — they’re included in the density limits.
  • Indoor physical recreation venues must follow the 1 person per 4 square metres density rule.
  • Outdoor physical recreation venues must follow the 1 person per 2 square metres rule.
  • Exercise classes can have a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors if the space allows for that many people — not including anyone running the class.
  • COVID Marshals are required at staffed gyms. When gyms are unstaffed they can have 1 person per 8 square metres. Record keeping is required.
  • Indoor pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms must follow the 1 person per 4 square metres density rule.
  • Outdoor pools, spas and springs must follow the 1 person per 2 square metres density rule if they use electronic record keeping — if they use paper-based record keeping, the 1 person per 4 square metres applies.
  • Indoor skateparks, trampolining centres, playgrounds and play centres are open if they follow the 1 person per 4 square metres rule.
  • Communal change rooms, showers and toilets are open. 
  • You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others while exercising. 
  • Venues are required to record your attendance and contact details — electronic record keeping is recommended.

Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?

You don’t have to wear a face mask when exercising.

However, you must carry a fitted face mask at all times and wear it if you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from other people — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one or you're doing strenuous exercise such as jogging or cycling.

Exemptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable

Those who don’t wear a face mask and don’t have a lawful excuse, will face a fine.

Children younger than 12 years of age don’t need to wear a face mask. Children aged 2 years or younger must not wear a face mask, because they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

For more information on wearing face masks in Victoria, visit the Victoria Gatherings section of the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

To learn more about Victoria's restrictions, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

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