Outdoor sport set to return

Some facilities throughout the shire will reopen for limited sports training, competition, exercise and community use from tomorrow in line with new government regulations.

Sports grounds, playgrounds, barbecues, skate parks, park benches and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen due to the Victorian Government’s relaxation of restrictions imposed in regional Victoria due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the new arrangements, outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 years and younger will be allowed, along with outdoor non-contact sport for adults with gathering and density limits in place, and outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people

For all outdoor sport, only the minimum number of people needed to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. players, coaches and umpires) will be permitted. Spectators will only be allowed for the purposes of supervising children.

Clubs operating on Council grounds will be required to ensure these restrictions are enforced. Change rooms and social rooms in facilities will remain closed, consistent with Stage 3 requirements.

Council will work with local clubs and the relevant state sporting associations regarding the new arrangements to ensure that appropriate planning and support is available.

Parks will remain open and residents will now be able to gather in groups of 10 for recreation and exercise purposes, including boot camps.

Many Council facilities, including pools and gyms, will remain closed until further information is provided by the Victorian Government and Council has appropriate measures in place to ensure community and staff safety.

To keep up to date on Council’s service changes and closures. For more information on COVID-19, visit the Australian Government Department of Health, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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