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LATEST COVID UPDATES FOR VICTORIA

Last updated Wednesday 22 September 2021

We wanted to share some information about what we are hoping will be possible for Metro Melbourne coaches once 80 percent of Victorians aged 16+ have received their first COVID-19 vaccination.

We’re expected to reach this milestone around Sunday 26 September according to the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan to transition Australia’s National response to COVID-19.

We have been in many conversations with State Government representatives over the last few weeks and we believe that coaches will have the same restrictions as personal trainers which would allow for:

  • Groups of up to 5 fully vaccinated people to take part in a coaching session
  • Or groups of 2 plus a coach if not fully vaccinated.

The above does not include children under 16.

As always, we must wait until the Restricted Activity Directions are updated to be able to confirm the details around the easing of restrictions.

In the meantime, the clear message from the Roadmap, is there will be very different restrictions for fully vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people. You are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible if eligible. Please check with your doctor if you have any questions in regards to vaccinations.

Please remember that the above information is Tennis Victoria’s interpretation of the Victorian Roadmap at the moment, this is to give you an opportunity to prepare. We will communicate further with you all once the new Restricted Activity Directions have been published that include the detail for opening up.

Sunday 19 September 2021 (updated 23 September for Ballarat changes) 

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews today announced the roadmap for Victoria coming out of lockdown and some restriction changes, particularly for Regional Victoria.

Unfortunately, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire are entering into a 7 day lockdown from 11:59pm tonight (Sunday 19 September 2021). These areas all fall under the same restrictions as Metropolitan Melbourne below.

We are very pleased that our ongoing advocacy and many conversations with State Government have led to today’s positive announcements for tennis in the Victorian Roadmap. As part of the Victorian Roadmap out of lock down, it is planned that at the point that Victoria reaches 80% of single dose vaccination (forecast for 26 September), recreational tennis will be able to return in Metropolitan Melbourne. This is a fantastic result for the Victorian tennis community, and we can’t wait to see everyone back on the court. When we know the further details of these eased restrictions, we will further communicate with you all.

Regional Victoria (excluding City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire):

  • Training and coaching only can return for all ages. Limited to the minimum number of people required to train. Competition is not permitted.
  • For recreation/exercise (Book a Court / casual court hire), a venue cap of 20 people exists. If a venue is big enough, 20 people can play with a gap of 50m to the next 20 people playing. Group sizes of 10 people apply to this form of tennis activity. This is for outdoor facilities only.
  • Indoor tennis centres can open with a venue cap of 10 people.
  • Spectators are not permitted (excludes people necessary to facilitate the activity such as coaches, trainers, umpires, carers, parents and guardians).
  • All tennis venues must have Service Victoria QR check-in code signage clearly displayed. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. Where a venue is unstaffed, check-in instructions must be clearly displayed in a prominent location to display how patrons and other visitors should record their details, and it is recommended that it is stated that admission is not permitted to residents of Metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Face coverings are to be carried at all times and worn indoors and outdoors except if a medical exception applies. They can be removed when participating.
  • Indoor tennis centres are to remain closed.
  • Clubs/Centres with café facilities are also subject to the hospitality guidelines.
  • Cross border travel between Victoria and NSW is currently not permitted for community sport.
  • Authorised worker permits are no longer required.
  • Continue to use and encourage venue users to practice COVIDSafe principles at all times.

Metropolitan Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire COVID-19 restrictions:

There are only 6 reasons to leave your home during this lock down period:

  • to get food and supplies
  • caregiving and compassionate reasons and to get tested for COVID-19
  • exercise for up to four hours within 10kms of your home
  • permitted work or education
  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)
  • to get the vaccine

With continued lockdowns, we understand many clubs are concerned for the safety and care of your courts, particularly en-tout-cas and clay surfaces. This work falls under the authorised providers list:

Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety reasons:

  • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, and cleaning, including at occupied premises.

The maintenance being done will be permitted providing it falls within the above definition. Any work being done would require an Authorised Worker Permit.

We would encourage you to contact your council if you are concerned for the condition and safety of your courts to arrange maintenance works to be completed.

Authorised and permitted worker permits

Authorised worker permits are now required across Metropolitan Melbourne. A Metropolitan Melbourne based coach or player can only travel to Regional Victoria for the following reason.

For high performance sports people and support staff:

The current Restricted Activity Directions dictates the following for high performance / professional activity.

professional or high-performance sports person means an individual who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • perform a sporting activity in an open-aged national or international competition (at the highest level as identified by the recognised national body); or
  • employed to perform a sporting activity as their primary source of income (e.g. employed by a professional club or recognised national body); or
  • a National Institute Network Scholarship holder or equivalent level national categorised athlete;

Therefore, the classification of permitted sportspeople under criteria A for tennis are those that currently compete in WTA / ATP / ITF / AMT (Platinum or Gold Level) events (Open or Juniors competing in Open events).

  • As per the State Government Authorised workers list, professional or high-performance sportspeople, workers that support the safe running of that person’s professional sport, and public broadcast personnel necessary for broadcasting the professional sport; are authorised to work during this lockdown.
  • Permits can be obtained from Coronavirus Victoria website. As Tennis Victoria (TV) and Tennis Australia (TA) are not employers of the above permitted sportspeople and those that support the safe running of the sports persons professional sport, permits cannot be signed by TA or TV. As a business owner, coaches are permitted to sign their own permits and those of a high-performance sports person.
  • Permission may be required from Club and / or landowner (local Council) for access to your tennis facility.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check in. Where a venue is unstaffed, check-in instructions must be clearly displayed in a prominent location to display how patrons and other visitors should record their details.
  • When at a venue, Coaches must have an up to date COVIDSafe plan accessible at all times.

Please continue to check the public exposure sites to keep you and your community safe.

Please reach out to the Tennis Victoria team if we can provide support during this time. We will continue to keep you updated and you can view this update and all future updates on this page.

**If you are a committee member of a Tennis Victoria affiliate and are not receiving the above updates via email, please let us know at [email protected]**