Victorian Government Restriction Update

All of our latest COVID-19 Restriction Updates can be found here

 

On Tuesday 15 September, the Premier announced changes to restrictions for Regional Victoria with communities entering Step 3 of the reopening roadmap from 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September.  

Information from this announcement can be found here.  

Under Step 3, for Regional Victoria indoor sport venues are considered open but heavily restricted.  

In summary, that means: 

- Remaining closed for indoor operations but classes can be conducted outdoors with no shared equipment, and 

- Open for recording and broadcast permitted only with minimum number of people required to conduct the recording/streaming, up to 5 people. 

Click here to see the Regional Victoria Step 3 roadmap information. 


Gymnastics Victoria have continued direct discussions with the Head of Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV). The conditions outlined above are different to what had been proposed by SRV to DHHS as a safe and responsible return to indoor, non-contact sport venues. We will continue to advocate for the best possible conditions.  

We understand this is tough news and are committed to doing what we can to advocate for gymnastics to open safely and to continue the request for funding relief.  

Never has clear, unified advocacy been so important for our sport.  

The support of your club in our advocacy campaign can make a big difference. You can find the Road to Recovery webinar from today here and club Advocacy tools here.  

As always, if you need support or clarification please reach out to the GV team on info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au and our team will assist.  

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On Sunday 6 September we got our first look at the roadmap of restrictions easing across Victoria. 
Click here for the Premier’s announcement. 

Here is the key information for gymnastics clubs in metropolitan Melbourne:
Gymnastics clubs are considered under the guidelines for indoor physical recreation facilities
Indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed during the first and second steps of restrictions easing 
In the Third Step of restrictions easing from 26 October 2020 provided Victoria reaches less than 5 new cases per day (state-wide average over previous 14 days) and less than 5 cases per day with unknown source (state-wide total last 14 days) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a heavily restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, masks are worn, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".
In the Last Step of restrictions easing from 23 November 2020 provided Victoria reaches no new cases for 14 days (state-wide) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".

This information can be found in detail here. We are seeking further clarification from government on the guidelines around activity being heavily restricted and restricted and what this means for gymnastics. 

Here is the key information for gymnastics clubs in regional Victoria:
Gymnastics clubs are considered under the guidelines for indoor physical recreation facilities
Indoor physical recreation facilities must remain closed during the second step of restrictions easing
In the Third Step of restrictions easing when regional Victoria reaches less than 5 new cases per day (regional average over last 14 days) and less than 0 cases per day with unknown source (regional total last 14 days) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a heavily restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, masks are worn, good hygiene is practised, participant records are kept and participants train in "bubbles".
In the Last Step of restrictions easing from 23 November 2020 provided Victoria reaches no new cases for 14 days (state-wide) indoor recreation facilities can operate in a restricted way. This means physical distancing takes place, good hygiene is practiced, participant records are kept and participants train in bubbles.

This information can be found in detail here. We are seeking further clarification from government on the guidelines around activity being heavily restricted and restricted and what this means for gymnastics. 

As your peak State body, Gymnastics Victoria is acting on this information in the following ways:
1. State Government Advocacy:  Gymnastics Victoria is approaching the Cabinet to seek direct funding to support clubs from the Treasury’s Community Support Fund.
2. Grant Support: Gymnastics Victoria will continue to provide guidance and direct support for all clubs regarding grant and funding opportunities. 
3. Road to Recovery Webinars: Our webinar series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with club feedback continuing to set the agenda for content.
4. Term 4 Fees: The GV Board is now considering Term 4 fees and will make an announcement at the upcoming SGM. 

The following is how you can help your club and others:

Local Government Advocacy: Clubs engaging with local stakeholders forms a critical part of our Advocacy action plan. In the coming week GV will provide templates to help you engage with your Local Government Authority, Member of Parliament and your local media, so that the gymnastics community has a clear, consistent and united message. 

The purpose of this advocacy is to present the controlled nature of gymnastics (professional clubs and coaches) and the ability to maintain hygiene protocols in training as well as to seek critical and urgent support for lost club revenue. 

Stay tuned for further information on this.