Following the Victorian Government’s announcements today, Baseball Victoria confirms the cancellation of all baseball activity in metropolitan Melbourne until 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June 2021 in line with the extended lockdown.
Regional restrictions are proposed to begin easing from 11:59pm tomorrow night. The Victorian Government will use the next 24 hours to continue tracing and testing to confirm these changes can go ahead. From 11:59pm on Thursday, regional Victoria can return to junior competition (training and play) and senior training in groups of 10 people. Baseball Victoria is in the process of confirming with all winter regional associations those registered Victorians who live in metropolitan Melbourne but play in regional Victoria. Those metropolitan Melbourne members are NOT permitted, as juniors or seniors, to travel to regional Victoria for play or training.
Sadly, due to ongoing restrictions for Victorians travelling interstate and residents of other states who come into contact with Victorians, our Little League teams will be unable to travel to Lismore for the 2021 Australian Little League Championship. The decision to withdraw the teams from the national event was made based on these government restrictions, in consultation with Baseball Australia, to protect the health and wellbeing of all participants. Click HERE to read more.
With the extended lockdown and expectation that some form of regional and metropolitan travel and general restrictions may continue in the coming weeks, Baseball Victoria has also made the decision to cancel the 2021 Senior State Winter Championship, scheduled for 12-14 June 2021 in Geelong. We continue to review the rest of the State Winter Championships events as they approach and will apply the government regulations and recommendations to ensure it is safe to proceed with the events.
The Victorian Government has provided this Table of Restrictions from Thursday 3 June 2021 which defines the changes for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
The extension of the circuit breaker lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne means all baseball activity, including training, games, and in-person meetings/events are cancelled. Under the lockdown, the restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne are:
- Only five reasons to leave home:
- shopping for necessary goods and services (within 10km radius of home unless not available within)
- two hours of exercise (within 10km radius of home unless not available within)
- caregiving/compassionate/medical reasons
- authorised work or permitted education
- getting the coronavirus vaccine
- No public or private gatherings
- No community sport – no one from Greater Metropolitan Melbourne can travel to regional Victoria to participate in community sport, and no one from regional Victoria can travel to Greater Metropolitan Melbourne to participate in community sport.
- Masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies
Baseball Victoria will provide further details as they are made available regarding a return to play for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
“As lockdown restrictions continue, we want to thank our Victorian baseball community for doing their part to stay safe and stop the spread,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We know it can be tough, but it’s so important that we follow the Victorian Government’s restrictions so that we can get back to baseball as soon as it’s safe to do so. Baseball Victoria will remain in regular communication with clubs and stakeholders to provide updates on the winter season and our Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan, including the updated COVIDSafe settings for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
Click HERE for the full statement from the Victorian Government.
Baseball Victoria is working on updating its Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan as it relates to this new extended lockdown, this will be available on our website HERE later this afternoon.
As Victoria continues to deal with this evolving COVID situation, it’s important that Victorians monitor for symptoms, get tested, and get vaccinated when eligible.
The state recorded an additional six locally acquired cases today, bringing the outbreak total to 60. There are now more than 300 COVID-19 exposure sites where Victorians could have come into contact with the virus. To stop the spread, everyone should check this list of exposure sites, which is regularly updated by the Victorian Government, 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.
The Victorian vaccination program is now open to all Victorians over the age of 40 as well as select priority groups. 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 read more about vaccine information and how to sign up for your vaccine appointment.
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.
For the latest COVID-19 updates from the Victorian Government, click HERE.
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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.