COVID-19 UPDATE | 11 JUNE 2021
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COVID-19 UPDATE | 11 JUNE 2021

11 JUNE 2021

The Victorian Government announced on Wednesday, 9 June 2021, that restrictions will ease for metropolitan Melbourne moving to almost the same settings currently in place across regional Victoria.   Regional Victoria will have restrictions eased a little further.

Thanks was given to all Victorians who have played their part to help reduce the spread of this latest outbreak of COVID-19, and a request to all Victorians to get tested if they feel unwell to ensure any presence of the virus is detected sooner than later.

Restrictions eased from 11:59PM, 10 JUNE 2021, the following is a summary of restrictions affecting members, clubs and officials conducting equestrian activity. 

For a detailed overview, see the Table of Restrictions and visit the Coronavirus website to learn more about these changes.

REGIONAL VICTORIA – RUNNING EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITY

PLEASE NOTE:

Pony Clubs affiliated with Pony Club Victoria that are based in NSW should follow NSW COVID restrictions.

Please be aware of any border restrictions currently in place.  NSW Border, SA Border

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR RETURN TO EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES:
FACE MASKS·
  • Must be carried at all times
    Must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Must be worn whilst conducting gear check
RALLIES, COMPETITIONS & COACHING

Rallies & coaching can be conducted for both children and adults, following conditions apply:

  • Competition can include children and adults
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Metropolitan Melbourne is not permitted to attend an activity as a participant (rally, coaching, competition or activity) in Regional Victoria.
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Regional Victoria is not permitted to attend a rally or coaching as a participant in Metropolitan Melbourne.
  • No more than 150 participants can be at a venue, with no more than a total of 50 participants indoors, the venue must support density quotients of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups (e.g. golf, large equestrian space)
  • Maximum group sizes should be:
    • Indoor: 10 participants
    • Outdoor 20 participants
  • Support staff should be kept to the minimum number to safely conduct the activity.
  • Carers, parents and guardians may attend to support participation of a child or a person with a disability, are permitted to attend the venue.
  • Where possible equipment is not shared by anyone.
  • Any shared or handled equipment is cleaned between use. Eg showjumping poles.
  • Where possible a group of people is assigned to manage equipment for the duration of the activity.
  • General spectators are not permitted
CLUBHOUSE
  • Can open, density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm apply
CANTEENS
  • Can open
COACHES
  • Must adhere to density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 150 participants, including no more than 50 participants indoors
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups
  • Maximum group size:
    • Outdoor: 20 participants
    • Indoors:  10 participants
  • If coaching is your profession you may travel to metropolitan Melbourne to coach
  • If coaching in metropolitan Melbourne, coaches should follow the same distancing rules and face-covering requirements for metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Metropolitan Melbourne is not permitted to attend coaching activities in Regional Victoria.
  • Support staff should be kept to the minimum number to safely conduct the activity.
  • Carers, parents and guardians may attend to support participation of a child or a person with a disability, are permitted to attend the venue
  • Where possible equipment is not shared by anyone
  • Any shared or handled equipment is cleaned between use. Eg showjumping poles
  • General spectators are not permitted.

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE – RUNNING EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITY

The five reasons to leave home will no longer apply in metro Melbourne, and the existing 10-kilometre limit has been increased to 25 kilometres.

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR RETURN TO EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES:
  • Training only, no competition permitted and 25km limit applies.
  • Limited to the number required to participate in and facilitate activity
  • Current COVID plan must be in place
  • Your club must have a COVID Safe Officer (see attachment to this email)
  • Your venue must be using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service
INDOOR SPORT & RECREATION FACILITIES
  • Closed, no indoor equestrian activities may be conducted
FACE MASKS
  • Must be carried at all times
  • Must be worn indoors and outdoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
  • Coaches & Support personnel must wear face masks at all times. 
  • Participants must wear a mask when not actively participating in the activity.
RECREATIONAL RIDING
  • Indoor recreational riding is not permitted
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • A maximum venue capacity: 100 people
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups
  • Maximum group size: 10
RALLIES & COACHING

Rallies & Coaching can be conducted for both children and adults, following conditions apply:

  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Metropolitan Melbourne is not permitted to attend a rally or coaching as a participant in Regional Victoria and must not travel further than 25kms to attend the activity.
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Regional Victoria is not permitted to attend a rally or coaching as a participant in Metropolitan Melbourne.
  • No more than 100 participants can be at a venue, the venue must support density quotients of 1 person per 4sqm.
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups (e.g. golf, large equestrian space, local government restrictions apply)
  • Group sizes should be kept to 10 participants
  • Support staff should be kept to the minimum number to safely conduct the activity.
  • Carers, parents and guardians may attend to support participation of a child or a person with a disability, are permitted to attend the venue.
  • Where possible equipment is not shared by anyone.
  • Any shared or handled equipment is cleaned between use. Eg showjumping poles.
  • Where possible a group of people is assigned to manage equipment for the duration of the activity.
  • General spectators are not permitted
PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITIONS
  • Competition not allowed
CLUBHOUSES
  • Must be closed unless access is required to access toilets or pass through the indoor space to access an outdoor space. 
  • Committee members may access the clubrooms if required to conduct the event. Access should be limited to no more than two committee members.
CANTEENS
  • Canteens must be closed.
CARING FOR YOUR HORSE
  • If your horse is housed more than 25km from your home, we recommend carrying proof of ownership (i.e., registration papers), the location of your horse and the reason that you are travelling.
COACHES

Metropolitan coaches may resume coaching implementing these restrictions:

  • Coaching must only occur outside, no indoor coaching allowed
  • Must adhere to density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 100 participants, no venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups.
  • Maximum group size:  10 participants
  • Must not travel further than 25kms to coach.
  • Must wear a face mask while coaching.
  • If coaching is your profession you may travel to Regional Victoria to coach
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Regional Victoria is not permitted to attend coaching activities in Metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Any person who ordinarily resides in Metropolitan Melbourne is not permitted to attend coaching activities in Regional Victoria.
  • Support staff should be kept to the minimum number to safely conduct the activity.
  • Carers, parents and guardians may attend to support participation of a child or a person with a disability, are permitted to attend the venue.
  • Where possible equipment is not shared by anyone.
  • Any shared or handled equipment is cleaned between users. Eg showjumping poles.
  • General spectators are not permitted.

 

For a detailed overview, see the Table of Restrictions and visit the Coronavirus website to learn more about these changes.

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