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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Update – 16 August 2021

Baseball Victoria
16 August 2021

Following the Victorian Government’s announcements on the extension of lockdown and additional restrictions, Baseball Victoria confirms all baseball activity in metropolitan Melbourne remains cancelled through until at least 11:59pm on Thursday 2 September 2021.

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor this evolving situation and consult with winter associations and VSBL clubs accordingly. Baseball Victoria Aces Academy continues to be conducted online, and no clubs may conduct training, come and try days, or any in-person activities in metropolitan Melbourne.

The strengthened lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne are:

  • 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
  • Playgrounds, state parks, and outdoor exercise equipment closed

Following the lifting of lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria last week, community sport has resumed for all ages, including training and competition. Settings remain the same as only the minimum number of participants (players, coaches, umpires, officials, and carers or parents) needed to train or compete are permitted to attend, subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm. Spectators are not permitted.

Regional baseball clubs need council permission to return and must adhere to the Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan, available HERE.

All regional Victorians need to continue with their COVIDSafe behaviours – most importantly to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms at all and get vaccinated if it’s their turn.

“We recognise this further extension of lockdown is challenging for many people, and we are here to support our Victorian baseball community with health and safety as the top priorities,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We hope everyone stays healthy so we can all get back to baseball as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Full details on the latest Victorian Government announcement are available HERE.

Victoria has expanded vaccine access at state-run clinics for 18-39-year-olds. 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.

Click HERE to book your vaccine appointment.

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.

Click HERE to view our frequently asked questions.

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.

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