COVIDSafe Measures - June 2021

16 June

Hurrah! All Victorian gymnastics clubs can open their doors again.   

Today, the Deputy Premier announced restrictions will ease from 11:59pm tomorrow.  

In Metro Melbourne indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs can re-open with the following guidelines: 

- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors 
- Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors 

In Regional Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs can continue operating with the following guidelines: 

- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity of 300 per indoor space and outdoor patron cap of 1000 people 
- Maximum group size: 50 people indoors 

You can read the announcement here where a table of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.   As we will not have the Restricted Activity Directive’s until Friday AM - there will be some details still to confirm but this will not stop clubs operating under the guidelines above.  

If you require any support or advice do not hesitate to get in touch with the GV team.  

Also a reminder to take advantage of the ability to bolster your workforce with access to enrol in both the online and face to face Beginner Coaching Course for FREE until midnight on Sunday 20 June.  
The course is located on Gymnastics Australia’s LMS platform which can be accessed by logging into your GOL account via the Gymnastics Australia website. Information and a how to guide on creating a GOL account can be found here
To access the Beginner Coaching Course and get access to the free rate for both the online course and the face to face course you need to input  promotional code when purchasing either course. Email education@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au for the code. 


9 June

Now we know what it looks like and, after just taking a call from the Victorian government, it was acknowledged that the easing of Lockdown 4 restrictions was not what we have been advocating for.   

Today the Deputy Premier announced restrictions will ease slightly from 11:59pm tomorrow and are expected to be in place for a further seven days.  

In Metro Melbourne this ease will not include indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs. The Victorian Government will extend support for closed businesses with a further $2000 top-up payment. 

Although gymnastics club venues must remain closed in Metro Melbourne, outdoor sport and recreation will be permitted from 11.59pm tomorrow with the following guidelines: A maximum patron cap of 100 people per outdoor space with group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. 

Clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Note that if your club was approved to conduct outdoor training during 2020 then this permission still applies. To submit an expression of interest to conduct outdoor training, click here

In Regional Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs may open under the following guidelines: 
- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors 
- Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors (that means, for instance, five groups of ten participants at a time as clearly identifiable groups) 

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.   

Gymnastics Victoria will be rolling out a second week of Lockdown Support so stay tuned as we confirm the details of sessions available next week for club owners, managers & administrators, coaches and athletes.  

This is an incredibly frustrating time, and we completely understand that sometimes sharing that with the Gymnastics Victoria team is needed. I encourage you to stay in touch and support colleagues across gymnastics and your messages always help build our position to government.  


3 June

It’s the news we didn’t want to hear, lockdown was extended and, despite restrictions easing in regional Victoria, gymnastics clubs remain closed. This is disappointing on many levels but I know we must all do our bit to stay safe and make the most of a very unfortunate set of events.  

Lockdown Restriction Update

Restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, until 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June, with some small changes.

The Deputy Premier today announced that regional restrictions will begin easing from 11:59pm tonight although this ease will not include indoor community sport.

This means right across Victoria that gymnastics clubs are to remain closed during this time.

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.  


Regional Clubs – Outdoor Training

Although gymnastics club venues must remain closed in regional Victoria, outdoor sport and recreation is currently proposed to be permitted from 11.59pm tonight with the following guidelines: A maximum patron cap of 50 people per outdoor space with group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. 

This means outdoor gymnastics training will be permitted if it adheres to the above guidelines. Clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Note that if your club was approved to conduct outdoor training during 2020 then this permission still applies. To submit an expression of interest to conduct outdoor training, click here


Victorian Government Business Support

Yesterday the Deputy Premier also acknowledged the impact extending lockdown will have on businesses and announced an extension of the Victorian Government Business Costs Assistance Program with the $2,500 support package upgraded to $5,000.

This program will open for applications on Thursday 3 June 2021 and will remain open for three weeks, we encourage our clubs to apply for this support. 

More information can be found here.


Employment Advice from HRplus

Yesterday Linda from HRplus ran a webinar to provide an update for Victorian clubs on workforce management options during the COVID pandemic lockdown.

A recording of this session can be found below.

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/U2rNH6bAfp9BWjRjFYkwuzDqNE1nciw-6MXqtgJsr0MBETCBLB7535De3_N8c1H9.X24lXyixEiIB496o
Access Passcode: 6+TJ6B1q


Club Conference

With yesterday's extension of lockdown, you may have questions regarding the delivery of our Gymnastics Victoria Club Conference on 29 and 30 June. As indicated earlier in the week, we are still continuing to plan to be able to deliver the conference unless further restrictions prevent us from doing so. 

Please rest assured, if for any reason Gymnastics Victoria is required to cancel the event OR if you or your club feel you can no longer attend, we will issue full refunds. We hope this provides some comfort and a reminder if you are planning to attend to please book tickets here.

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues to keep them up to date and click here to take a look at the conference details which have been updated with speaker information. 


I understand how deeply disappointing this is for everyone involved in our sport. 

Gymnastics Victoria and our partners are here to support our clubs throughout this current lockdown and will be bringing you additional online opportunities over the coming week. 

Here is a taster of what’s to come:

Club Management: A recap of all the videos from the GV Club PD Webinar Series, sessions with Moore Australia’s Business advisory service and access to a range of leadership and development short-courses through Victoria University. 

All club personnel: Mental wellbeing support sessions and physical wellbeing with online pilates classes. 

Community Support:
 The coordination of Technical Committee Forums, Regional Forums and YMCA Forums. 

Coach Education:
 Professional development sessions for your coaches and a ‘soft-launch’ launch of the all new GV LMS with bite-sized online training modules. 

Gymnast Lockdown Sessions: One off online training sessions for gymnasts with community heroes.

 



27 May


Here we go again, lockdown 4.  

It was only last night that we reflected on the outset and continuing impact of COVID during the Gymnastics Victoria AGM. Thank you to all who attended the meeting.  

Today the Acting Premier of Victoria announced circuit breaker restrictions from 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June.  

This means gymnastics clubs will once again need to close their doors while we all work as a State to keep this most recent outbreak under control.  

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.  

I understand how frustrating this will be to once again close venues and reschedule classes.  

If you would like to attend a zoom session to ask questions, capture, share and discuss issues or have items to seek support, GV will be facilitating an online open forum discussion tomorrow morning at 10am. I’ll look forward to seeing you online.  

Zoom Meeting Details 

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84249940425?pwd=ZnhjcTNsaDBtTDFVdVo4MkNBeXIyZz09  

Meeting ID: 842 4994 0425 

Passcode: 215491 

In the meantime, if you have any direct queries, please do not hesitate to reach out to the GV team by calling 03 9005 4700 or emailing: info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au

25 May

On Tuesday 25 May, the Acting Premier of Victoria announced additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place across Greater Melbourne from 6pm that evening. 

The key point for gymnastics clubs is that face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies. Face masks need to be worn inside for anyone over the age of 12 years unless they are participating in exercise that leaves them out of breath or puffing. 

Coaches and other attendees in the gym may remove their face mask if they are communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or in situations where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.  

At this stage there are no changes to existing density rules within gymnastics clubs.

You can read the full announcement here

For those of our members in Queensland, please check the list of exposure sights in Melbourne and if you have been in the Northern Suburbs please monitor for symptoms. Updates from the Queensland government can be found here.  

Click here for the Stay Safe Directions. 

Click here for the latest Restricted Activity Directions (RADs).