Following the Victorian Government’s announcements this morning, Baseball Victoria confirms the resumption of community sport for all ages in regional Victoria following the lifting of lockdown for regional areas at 11:59pm tonight, Monday 9 August 2021.
The Victorian Government has advised that from 11:59pm tonight, the five reasons to leave the home can be removed in regional Victoria and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. However, people will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and must follow the Melbourne restrictions once there.
Please note the metropolitan Melbourne settings remain the same with no changes to lockdown restrictions, currently in place until 11:59pm on Thursday 12 August 2021.
The changes to restrictions in regional Victoria include:
- Private gatherings in the home are still not permitted
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people
- Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors
- Density limits for food and hospitality
- Community sport resumes, no spectators
Community sport will open for all ages, including training and competition. Only the minimum number of participants (players, coaches, referees, 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.
The Victorian Government has provided this table of restrictions outlining the changes for regional Victoria and the current lockdown settings for metropolitan Melbourne.
Full details on the Victorian Government announcement are available HERE.
As a reminder, the 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)
- 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
Victoria has expanded vaccine access at state-run clinics. 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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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.