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Sport and recreation – Victoria

Updated on 26 March 2021, at 18:00 AET

Restrictions

Indoor physical recreation and community sport

There can be no more than 1 person per 2 square metres in each space.

Venues must:

  • have signage that states the number of people allowed inside
  • supply disinfectant and other cleaning products for patrons
  • keep electronic records through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system — venues will have 28 days to comply

Venues that have a capacity of more than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Gyms and exercise classes don’t have caps, but there can’t be more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

Unstaffed gyms can’t have more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Gyms must have COVID Marshals at times when they have staff on their premises.

Outdoor physical recreation and community sport

Outdoor fitness classes don’t have caps, but there can’t be more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

Venues that have a capacity of more than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

All outdoor physical recreation and community sport must keep electronic records through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system — venues will have 28 days to comply.

Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs

Indoor venues can open if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres and they keep electronic records. Only 1 person per 4 square metres is allowed at indoor venues if paper records are kept.

Outdoor pools can open if there is no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

All pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs services must keep electronic records through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system — venues will have 28 days to comply.

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.

Record keeping for contact tracing

To support contact tracing, some businesses, workplaces and premises must ask every person who attends the premise for more than 15 minutes — including staff — to provide their:

  • first name
  • phone number

All of the above venues and outdoor physical recreation and community sport will be required to use the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system for electronic record keeping — venues will have a 28-day window to set this up.

Mandatory face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home.

You must wear a fitted face mask in the following settings — unless you have a lawful reason for not wearing one:

  • on public transport
  • in rideshare vehicles, taxis and tour vehicles
  • inside airports and on flights
  • in settings such as aged-care facilities and hospitals — while indoors

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 — or you’re a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 — you must wear a face mask if you leave your home or other accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to receive medical care. You must also wear a mask if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Exceptions include if:

  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask
  • when communication is difficult for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • during emergencies

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.

Other mask information

  • The Victorian Government strongly recommends you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you can’t stay 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • You can remove your mask to eat or drink if you’re out in public.
  • If you’re stopped by police in a setting where masks are mandatory, they’ll ask you to confirm the lawful reason you’re not wearing a face mask.

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