What are the latest restriction guidelines?
As of 11.59pm Thursday 18 November, with Victoria set to hit the 90 per cent double dose milestone for eligible people in the coming days, the Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that almost all remaining restrictions in Victoria will ease with Victoria reaching Phase D of the National Plan.
You can find the Premier’s announcement here.
Can we run gymnastics classes?
Under the current restrictions, clubs can operate with no density limit, however, everyone must be fully vaccinated. Anyone that doesn't meet the vaccination requirements, is unable to enter.
Clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Any clubs that previously received approval to conduct outdoor training during 2020 will not need to reapply. The Expression of Interest form to conduct outdoor training can be accessed here.
What is the age for the vaccination requirements?
Vaccination requirements will apply from the age of 12 and 2 months unless a medical exemption applies.
Where can we find more information on reopening safely?
GV's Road Forward Workplace Checklist
Victorian Government Business Reopening Stakeholder Pack
Contact assessment and management guidance: Workplaces, business and industry
Are spectators allowed?
Spectators are permitted, however, must meet the vaccination requirements.
Are masks required during classes?
Masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/taxis/rideshare.
We recommend wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
Are club personnel required to be vaccinated?
Yes. Physical recreation staff (including coaches and other staff members) are included in the list of workers who are required to be vaccinated. This requirement applies to all staff who physically attend the club venue – any staff members who are fully remote and never work outside their home are not required to be vaccinated.
Do the vaccination requirements apply to staff under 18 years of age?
Yes. These requirements apply to all specified workers who are eligible to receive a vaccination.
Do we need to keep copies of our staff’s vaccination certificates?
No, however, you will need to sight and record their vaccination status. You can find further details regarding the information required, as well as a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Register template, under the “What information should be recorded by employers?” heading of the FAQs here.
Are participants required to be vaccinated?
All individuals who attend the venue must show evidence on each visit that they are either fully vaccinated or an excepted person:
Fully vaccinated refers to a person who has received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
Excepted person refers to someone who either:
- Has a medical exemption from an appropriate medical practitioner, or
- Is under 12 years and 2 months of age
What counts as acceptable certification for a valid medical exemption?
From 6pm on Friday 12 November, all excepted persons will need to have an Australian Immunisation Register immunisation medical exemption form that is both signed by their medical practitioner and states that the person is unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical contraindication or an acute medical illness.
What are the rules for equipment cleaning?
Equipment must be cleaned between each user. You can find guidelines on cleaning equipment on the Gymnastics Australia website here.
What do I need to have in place before my club can reopen?
Sector guidance for sport and physical recreation can be found here, including information on:
- QR codes and check-in requirements
- COVIDSafe Plans
- Capacity limits
- Masking and cleaning requirements
- Vaccination requirements
What are the recording requirements?
As of Friday 28th May, all clubs must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service for checking-in their staff and members. All members (or parents if the members are minors) should check-in for each session with their name, surname, and contact number in order to facilitate swift contact tracing in the event of a positive case.
Included below are some tips from the Victorian Government on making the check-in process as easy as possible:
- Place multiple posters with the QR code in a drop off area (spaced minimum 1.5m apart) so that parents can check-in children as they leave them at the door.
- Allow a staff member with an iPad or other device to check-in children who don't have their own devices and are not with a parent.
- Give parents a copy of the QR code and/or check-in URL and ask them to check-in their children as they are dropping them off.
- Include the QR code on your social media pages and on your websites to ensure that everyone has easy access. If parents are using this option, the check-in will need to be completed close enough to the entrance to see that their children are entering the facility at the check-in time.
You can find more information on record keeping requirements here, and instructions on what to do if there is a confirmed case at your club here.
What’s a COVIDSafe Plan?
You can find information on developing your COVIDSafe Plan here. Any venue with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish their COVIDSafe Plan online.
What’s a COVID Marshal?
A COVID Marshal is a designated employee whose role is to monitor compliance with the COVIDSafe Plan and current guidelines, such as ensuring face coverings, physical distancing, cleaning, and record-keeping requirements are met. This individual should also undergo any relevant training, such as the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Infection Control Training here. You can find further information on the role here.
This page will be updated as we receive further information. If you have a question that is not answered here or on the DHHS website, please send it to [email protected] and we will endeavour to find the answer for you.