20 October 2020 | Tennis Victoria

The below message was sent to Tennis Victoria Affiliates on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Dear Affiliate

We now have the Restricted Activity Directions (13), 18 October 2020, which outline the detail of what is allowed in Metro Melbourne as of 11.59pm 18 October 2020.

A link to the Directions can be found here.


  • A facility that is used predominantly for outdoor non-contact sport or physical recreation may open for the purposes of providing that activity.
  • There is to be a maximum of 10 members of the public in the facility at one time – plus whoever is necessary to run the activities being offered/service the facility.  This means coaches and staff or volunteers running the facility can be present in addition to the 10 people on the courts at any one time.  Please note, however, the Directions specifically state that these additional people must be “…only the minimum number of employees or agents (of the owner of the facility) necessary to safely operate the facility…”
  • If the facility is large enough, it is permitted to have more than 10 people at the facility, as long as each group of 10 is at least 100m apart.
  • Of the 10 members of the public in the facility at any one time, each grouping of people on court – singles or doubles – must come from no more than 2 households.
  • Everyone in the facility must practice physical distancing at all times by being 1.5m apart from one another.
  • To use the facility, members of the public may not travel more than 25km from their usual place of residence (or their place of work if they have a permit to work in a permitted workplace).
  • Toilet facilities can be open.
  • Indoor facilities including clubhouses must be closed, unless to provide access to toilets.
  • Equipment can not be made available for hire or shared use.
  • Records must be kept of all members of the public using the facility.
  • Food and drink facilities are not permitted unless they are defined as a separate café or restaurant.  Please refer to guidelines for hospitality that cover the restrictions for these venues.

Please ensure you liaise with your local council (LGA) before opening, it is likely they will require you to have a COVIDSafe Plan.  There is no one format for these plans but the following link may assist you:

Tennis coaches are advised to obtain a work permit.  Information about the Worker Permit Scheme can be found here.

Your local Tennis Victoria Representative will be happy to support you to reopen your facility in line with the Restricted Activity Directions (13).

We have updated the Guidelines and resources for Melbourne in the Tennis Toolkit, you can view them here.

Tennis Victoria