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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Update – 20 July 2021

Following the Victorian Government’s announcements today, Baseball Victoria confirms all baseball activity across the state remains on pause, for at least the next seven days, in line with the statewide lockdown, now extended to 11:59pm Tuesday 27 July 2021.

This extension of lockdown includes the cancellation of the Under 14 State Winter Championships, scheduled for 24-25 July 2021 in Bendigo. We continue to review the remaining State Winter Championships events as they approach, and any future decisions will be based on the eventual easing of restrictions and participant/community safety measures.

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor this evolving situation. In the meantime, Baseball Victoria Aces Academy will proceed with online sessions only.

As a reminder, the current restrictions in Victoria 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)
    • caregiving/compassionate/medical reasons
    • authorised work or permitted education
    • getting the coronavirus vaccine
  • No public or private gatherings
  • No community sport
  • Masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies

Click HERE to read the full announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews, including strengthened border controls and the temporary pause on Victorians returning from interstate with red zone permits.

The list of exposure sites and close contacts is regularly updated as more cases are detected. Everyone should check this list of exposure sites and follow government directions:

  • 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.

“We recognise the challenges of this extended lockdown, but we remain hopeful we can get through this together while protecting the health and safety of our community,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “Many factors contribute to the rescheduling or cancellation of events, as we look to maintain the integrity of the interrupted current winter competitions and continue to prioritise the safety of our competitors and support persons. This includes their ability to train and travel, as well as the safety of events with high numbers of participants. We continue to communicate with clubs and stakeholders to provide updates on the winter season and our Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan.”

An updated COVIDSafe Plan is available on our website HERE. We will make further updates to this documentation when more details are available.

Coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective in protecting against COVID-19. Vaccines are available for many eligibility groups, including Victorians aged 40 and up. Learn more about the vaccine and how to get protected HERE.

Click HERE to view our frequently asked questions.

During these challenging times, we encourage our members to stay in touch with one another and prioritise their mental health. Please view mental health resources on our website HERE, including information from Beyond BlueHeadspaceKids HelplineLifeline and R U OK?

To view more COVID-19 resources from the Victorian Government, click HERE.

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