Victoria’s extended State of Emergency has a few very exciting exceptions for the world of sport from midnight tonight.
Recreational activities such as golf, fishing and hiking, which were vehemently banned, will again be allowed as will gatherings of 10 people or less outdoors, suggesting that training could be back on the cards for smaller team sports such as netball, soccer, hockey and basketball as long as non-contact and social distancing rules are applied.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced these exceptions yesterday morning as a “cautious” first step back into life as we knew it pre-coronavirus.
“Groups of 10, no more than 10, will be able to participate in outdoor activities, sports activities and recreational activities,” he said.
“Whether it be hiking, fishing, playing golf, going for a walk or kicking a footy.
“There will obviously be physical distancing and hygiene arrangements (made), common sense basically.
“If you are sharing equipment, you should try and minimise that. If it’s unavoidable, given the nature of the sport, you should hand sanitise and clean equipment.
“People want to go for a hike, want to go fishing, want to go out in a tinny — you can’t have 10 people in a boat that doesn’t allow you to be 1.5 metres apart.
“You might be able to play golf, but there won’t be rakes in the bunkers and people won’t be milling around the clubhouse (because) it will be shut.
“You can kick a footy in the park. There cannot be more than 10 of you. You should keep your distance and it should be non-contact.
“You should start your kick-to- kick session with cleaning the ball and your hands (and also) at the end and avoid touching your face.”
The current rules will be in place for the next three weeks and the changes that impact sport are about training and not about a return to competition.
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