Following the Victorian Government’s announcements on the extension of the statewide lockdown, Baseball Victoria confirms all baseball activity remains cancelled until lockdown is eventually lifted and community sport is allowed to resume.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that almost all of the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place until 70 percent of eligible Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine. This is estimated to be around Thursday 23 September 2021 but may change based on vaccination rates. The Victorian Government will consider easing restrictions in parts of regional Victoria next week, subject to public health advice.
The only changes to restrictions at this stage are the reopening of playgrounds and expansion to in-home care for school-aged children of authorised workers from 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September 2021.
Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor this evolving situation, with regular updates provided to winter associations and VSBL clubs, particularly regarding plans for the start of the summer season. Baseball Victoria Aces Academy remains online, and no Victorian baseball clubs may conduct training, come and try days, or any in-person activities.
As a reminder, the statewide lockdown restrictions include:
- Only five reasons to leave home:
- shopping for necessary goods and services (within 5km radius of home unless not available within)
- two hours of exercise (within 5km radius of home unless not available within, and with only one other person)
- caregiving/compassionate/medical reasons
- authorised work or permitted education – with valid permit only
- getting the coronavirus vaccine
- No public or private gatherings
- No community sport
- Masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies
- Daily curfew from 9pm – 5am (metropolitan Melbourne only)
“We recognise the challenges of continued lockdown, and the health and safety of our Victorian baseball community remain our top priorities,” Baseball Victoria Interim CEO Gemma Scales said. “We continue to communicate with winter associations and VSBL clubs to navigate these uncertain times. We hope everyone stays healthy and we look forward to getting back to the game we love when it’s safe to do so.”
Full details on the latest Victorian Government announcement are available HERE.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for all Victorians aged 16 years and over. Getting vaccinated helps protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. The vaccines being used in Australia are safe, free, and very effective at preventing serious illness and loss of life from COVID-19.
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It remains very important that Victorians monitor for symptoms, get tested, and get vaccinated when eligible.
To stop the spread, everyone should check this list of exposure sites and follow these instructions:
- Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
- Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
- Anyone who has visited a Tier 3 exposure site during times listed should monitor for symptoms - If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
If you have been to an exposure site, are a close contact of a confirmed case, or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills or sweats, or change in sense of smell or taste – get a test immediately. Find out where to get tested HERE.
While Victoria works to get more people vaccinated, you can stay safe by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you must get tested and stay home.
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Click HERE to view all COVID resources, including the Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan.
We encourage our members to stay connected and prioritise their mental health. Please view mental health resources on our website HERE, including information from Beyond Blue, Headspace, Kids Helpline, Lifeline and R U OK?
To view more COVID-19 resources from the Victorian Government, click HERE.