What are the latest restriction guidelines?
As of 11:59pm Thursday 21 October, the Melbourne (and Mildura) lockdown was lifted and Victoria is now operating under the 70% double dose step of the Reopening Roadmap.
You can find the Premier’s announcement here, with the updated Roadmap summary included at the bottom of the page.
Can we run gymnastics classes?
Under the current restrictions, Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria will operate under separate guidelines:
- Clubs can run online training sessions following the guidelines here
- Broadcasting of classes is permitted with a maximum of 5 people onsite
- Outdoor physical recreation is permitted with up to 50 fully vaccinated people and a fully vaccinated trainer
- Outdoor personal training is permitted with up to 20 people and a trainer
- Indoor physical recreation is permitted for up to 30 people indoors (density limit of 1 person per 4sqm) and 100 people outdoors (density limit of 1 person per 2sqm) , provided all individuals aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated
- If any individuals are not fully vaccinated (including individuals who are unvaccinated, have received only one dose of a vaccine, or decline to confirm their vaccination status), the capacity limit is reduced to 20 participants
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.
Do coaches count toward the maximum capacity?
Workers (coaches and staff) do not count toward the maximum capacity for the facility.
Do parents count toward the maximum capacity?
Parents who are required to supervise or participate with their child in a class (e.g. KinderGym) do not count toward the maximum capacity of the facility, nor do they affect group size. Non-participatory spectators are not permitted.
Are masks required during classes?
Masks are exempt for children under the age of 12. For those aged 12 and over, a face mask must be worn when exercising indoors except where the activity leaves you short of breath or puffing. Masks should therefore be worn as often as practicable (e.g. when entering the gym and waiting for class to start), but removed for strenuous exercise and any activities where it could pose a hazard (e.g. during inverted skills such as cartwheels and somersaults).
Coaches should wear masks unless they are actively giving directions.
All other staff should wear a mask at all times.
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 16 years of age
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.