Opening Update

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Good morning

The Victorian Government yesterday announced an easing of restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59 pm today, Thursday 10 June. Whilst some community sport and physical recreation will be allowed to resume, activities and use of facilities are restricted, as detailed in the attached Boroondara Club COVID-19 Safe Guide.

A summary of the restrictions as they impact sport and recreation is outlined below:

Indoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • Remains closed. No activity allowed.

Outdoor community sport (defined as competitions and training overseen by a State Sporting Association or equivalent governing body):

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies, to a maximum of 100 people per venue.
  • Community sport is allowed for training only and is restricted to members of a single team.
  • Limited to minimum number required to participate in and facilitate the activity, including trainers, coaches and umpires.
  • A reasonable distance must be maintained between each group/session - we recommend 10 metres.
  • Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

Outdoor physical recreation (including non-competitive golf, tennis, lawn bowls, personal training etc.):

  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies, to a maximum of 100 people per venue.
  • Patron cap of 100 people does not apply if 100 metres distance can be maintained between groups e.g. golf.
  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 people and patrons must be able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other at all times.
  • A reasonable distance must be maintained between each group/class/session - we recommend 10 metres.
  • Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

Operation of clubrooms for change rooms, socialising etc. is as follows:

·Closed except for access to indoor toilets and communal change rooms. Please ensure that the attached COVID Mask Sign is prominently displayed at all entrances to your clubrooms/pavilion.

·Signage must be displayed at the entrance to change rooms, stating the maximum number of people permitted in the space according to the four square metre rule.

·Use of change rooms should be minimised, but where unavoidable, should be restricted to small groups (in line with the density quotient) and usage times should be staggered.

·Masks must be worn at all times.

·Electronic record keeping through the Service Victoria application is mandatory.

·Cleaning protocols in line with your COVID-19 Safe Plan, including increased cleaning (minimum twice daily) of frequently touched surfaces e.g. door handles, key pads, taps etc. This can be done by members wiping down the surfaces they touch.

Sharing of equipment in all settings should be minimised, and avoided where possible. If equipment is shared it must be cleaned and disinfected between users.

Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors. They must also be worn outdoors where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, except when exercising strenuously i.e. when participants are left puffing or short of breath. As noted above, please ensure that the attached COVID Mask Sign is displayed prominently at all entrances to your clubrooms or pavilion, and please inform a council officer once this has been done. If your facility will not yet be opening under the current restrictions (e.g. indoor facilities) please do not access the facility for the purpose of affixing the signage.

A 25 km travel limit from an individual’s primary place of residence will apply across Metropolitan Melbourne; which includes travel for the purpose of physical recreation or community sport training.

Please amend your COVID-19 Safe Plan to reflect these changes and continue to operate in accordance with these plans, including electronic record keeping, hand sanitiser, physical distancing, cleaning protocols etc. Council does not need to approve your updated plan.

The Victorian Government has foreshadowed that restrictions will ease further after 1 week, including the resumption of community sport competition. We will continue to keep you updated as further information is received. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to make contact should you have questions related to the above information.

Kind regards

Jacquie White
Sport Development Officer