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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Update – 27 July 2021

Following the Victorian Government’s announcements today, Baseball Victoria is planning for the easing of statewide lockdown restrictions from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

A number of restrictions will remain in place from Wednesday 28 July, although there will no longer be only five essential reasons for Victorians to leave home and the 5km travel limit will lift. For a period of two weeks, the restrictions in Victoria will be:

  • No visitors to homes
  • Community sport can resume
  • Masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors
  • Hospitality, retail, and gyms can reopen with a density limit of 1 person for every 4 square metres

The Victorian Government has provided this Table of Restrictions from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021 which defines the changes to restrictions.

The resumption of community sport includes a return to training and competition for all ages, limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches).

Spectators are not allowed, excluding people necessary for events such as coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians.

Baseball Victoria confirms that winter associations can return to training and play and the Baseball Victoria Aces Academy will return to on-field training. We are considering the numerous COVID safety protocols for a major event and will make an announcement on the Under 16 State Winter Championships in Sale scheduled for this weekend as soon as possible, likely late this evening.

Mask wearing remains mandatory for indoors and outdoors, except for those on the field who have a reasonable expectation they will need to exert themselves. Scorers, committee members, and anyone else 12 years and older must wear a mask inside any facility and outdoors at all times.

The Service Victoria QR Code app must be used for check-in at all baseball venues, and all attendees need to check-in regardless of how long they are there. Click HERE for details.

“We acknowledge this recent lockdown was challenging in a lot of ways, but we are pleased to see restrictions easing. Thank you to our Victorian baseball community for doing your part to stop the spread and keep everyone safe,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We look forward to the return of baseball activities across the state as participant safety remains a top priority. We will continue communicating with winter associations and stakeholders to provide updates on the COVIDSafe settings.”

Click HERE for the full statement from the Victorian Government.

Baseball Victoria is in the process of updating our Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan as it relates to today’s announcements. The updated version will be available shortly HERE.

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.

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.

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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