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Current COVID Restrictions Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire – UPDATED 3rd August 2020

Information below is correct as at 3rd August 2020

This is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone and support is vital and available. For more information about managing stress and support options, call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348 or visit the DHHS website here.

(ABC News)

  • – From 11:59 pm on 2 August, the use of face coverings is mandatory throughout Victoria.

  • – From 2 August, a curfew will be in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

  • – Exercise must take place within 5km of home, and must be in metropolitan Melbourne. Exercise is limited to one hour, once per day.

NOTE: Full-time athletics coaches (their work) can train up to two people outdoors as per Rule 7 below.

Part-time/Casual coaches can not train two people outdoors at a track or equivalent venue. Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools are closed.

This ruling has been provided by DHHS in correspondence where DHHS was asked if ‘athletics coaches’ fell under the definition of Personal Trainers in Rule 7.


Please note changes to restrictions as at August 3, here.

There are no ‘what if I do this’ or ‘if I put this in place can I do that’. The rules are there to protect us all.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW. It is important that every Victorian continues to comply to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.


From 6pm on Sunday 2 August 2020 if you live in METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE the following activities, in relation to exercise, will be restricted:

  1. You can leave home to exercise but there are limits:
  2. You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.
  3. You can exercise with one other person you live with or a friend or family member, as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home. Please use common sense and limit the number of people you see in person right now. It is safer to connect with friends and family using phone calls, social media and video calls. If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.
  4. You must limit your exercise to once a day and for only one hour.
  5. If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a young child or someone who cannot be left unattended then they may accompany you.
  6. Community sport: closed
  7. Indoor sport and recreation: closed.
  8. Outdoor sport: only allowed to exercise with one other person or a member of your household.
  9. Recreation: activities such as fishing, golf, boating, tennis, surfing and drive range shooting are not allowed.
  10. Outdoor sporting facilities: closed.
  11. Swimming pools: closed.
  12. Playcentres: closed.
  13. Playgrounds: closed.
  14. Community sports training and competition cannot occur within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
  15. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  16. People aged 18 years and younger are not exempt from this restriction
  17. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor. (If you are a full-time PT or Full-time athletics coach this applies to you – part-time coaches or casual coaches cannot coach two people outdoors )
  18. People must wear a mask or covering whenever leaving the house. There are a few exceptions. People with a medical reason are exempt, as are children younger than 12. Those who have a professional reason are also exempt and “if it’s just not practical, like when running”, but those people will still be expected to carry a face covering at all times “to wear when you can”.

FROM 11:59PM WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST if you live in REGIONAL VICTORIA INCLUDING MITCHELL SHIRE LGA the following activities, in relation to exercise, will be restricted:

  1. Community sport: closed.
  2. Indoor sport and recreation: closed.
  3. Outdoor sport: only allowed to exercise, or activities such as fishing, golf, boating, tennis, surfing with one other person or household members, provided 1.5 metre distance can be maintained.
  4. Outdoor sporting facilities: closed, except for facilities where public gathering and physical distancing limits can be adhered to and there is no use of shared equipment or communal facilities (e.g. tennis courts, golf courses).
  5. Swimming pools: closed.
  6. Playcentres: closed.
  7. Playgrounds: closed.
  8. People aged 18 years and younger are not exempt from this restriction
  9. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor. (If you are a full-time PT or Full-time athletics coach this applies to you – part-time coaches or casual coaches cannot coach two people outdoors )
  10. People must wear a mask or covering whenever leaving the house. There are a few exceptions. People with a medical reason are exempt, as are children younger than 12. Those who have a professional reason are also exempt and “if it’s just not practical, like when running”, but those people will still be expected to carry a face covering at all times “to wear when you can”.

For more information please refer to the DHHS Website

If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.

Questions and Answers

Correct as at 3rd August 2020

Question
Answer
Do I need to cover my face with a mask whilst running?


No. If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face-covering but you must carry one with you.

What is strenuous exercise?


Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking.

What if I’m just out for a walk?

You must wear a mask. Strenuous exercise does not include walking.



If I wear a face mask do
I still
need to practise 1.5m physical distancing?


Yes. Face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing.

When do ‘mask laws’ come into effect?


People living in Metro-Melbourne are required to wear a face-covering when they have to leave their home for one of the four reasons.
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August all Victorians are required to wear a face-covering when they have to leave their home for one of the four reasons.

The fine for not wearing a face-covering will be $200.

Is an athletics coach a personal trainer as its confusing because
the rules says PT can train
with two other people outdoors (Rule 7 above)


If you are a FULL-TIME coach where athletics coaching is your full-time profession (work) you can coach up to two others outdoors.

If coaching IS NOT your full-time profession (work) you are not permitted to coach in person outdoors


Can I, as a coach, have more than one group of two in a park/aths
track at any one time
provided they are well spread out?


No. The rule in place is no community competition or training is permitted.



I’ve seen photos of professional athletes training without
adhering to the restrictions.
Why do they get to
train and I don’t?


As of the 3rd August, we are currently waiting on an update on professional athletes.



I’m an Elite/High Performance athlete.



As of the 3rd August, we are currently waiting on an update on professional athletes.

Can I travel to Melbourne to exercise?


You cannot travel to Melbourne unless it’s for work or study, medical care and caregiving, shopping for food or supplies. Exercise is not a valid reason to travel.

Club and Squad Training


FOR AA COACHES – If you are a FULL-TIME coach where athletics coaching is your full-time work/profession (you get paid for this role) you can coach up to two people outdoors.

If you are not a full-time coach and work full-time in another profession (as your work) you can not coach outdoors during these restrictions.

PLEASE NOTE – Please adhere to the rules. Coaching insurance will continue for ALL FULL-TIME coaches where athletics coaching is your FULL-TIME work /profession.

If you are a part-time coach and your main profession (work) IS NOT athletics coaching, you are not allowed to coach outdoors and you will not be covered by AA insurance if you coach and are caught breaking this rule.

I am a full-time athletics coach.
Can I run sessions?


Yes. If you are a full-time coach where athletics coaching is your full-time profession (work) you can coach up to two others, in line with current restrictions.

I coach a number of
athletes as a ‘side-gig’ to my primary job.
Can I still run
these sessions?


No. If athletics coaching is not your full-time profession (work) you can not coach during the current restrictions. Part-time and Casual coaches can not train two people outdoors at a track or equivalent venue. You will not be covered by Athletics Australia insurance if you coach and are discovered to have broken this rule.
This ruling has been provided by DHHS in correspondence where DHHS was asked if ‘athletics coaches’ fell under the definition of Personal Trainers.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?


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.

I live on a suburb border.
Can I run into that suburb
as part of my exercise?


You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.

Can I leave Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to exercise?


No. You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.

My running group all live close to me.
Can we exercise together?


You can exercise with one other person you live with or a friend or family member, as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home. Please use common sense and limit the number of people you see in person right now. It is safer to connect with friends and family using phone calls, social media and video calls. If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.

My favourite running track
is on the other side of
the city. Can I still go there?


No. You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.

I am a member of an athletics club 30 kilometres away and there is a park around the corner from my house, am I allowed to run at the track 30km away?


No. You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise.

Exercise is not a permitted reason to leave the Restricted Area, whether you have a membership at a regional sporting club or not.

Can I go to the park?


Yes. You can go to the park for exercise and for wellbeing by yourself, with one other person or your usual household members. You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise and must be able to maintain a 1.5-metre distance between yourself and others. No equipment should be shared.

Where can I get more information?


Please refer to the DHHS website here.