Lockdown for Metro Melbourne - update
In response to continuing significant increases in new corona virus cases, the Premier has announced a six-week return to Stage 3 restrictions for residents of Greater Melbourne (including the Mornington Peninsula but not Geelong), and Mitchell Shire north of Melbourne.
The default is that community sport should close, but sports such as tennis and golf are permitted. Recent DHHS advice is that these are examples of non-contact sports where equipment is not shared and social distancing can be maintained. In line with this, singles games of croquet may be allowable, with no more than 10 players in a session. Croquet Victoria suggests that any club that wishes to explore this option contact their local Council for advice.
Outside the metropolitan restriction area, non-contact sport and competition are still allowed, subject to social distancing and hygiene requirements. Detailed guidance is available on the Sport and Recreation website.
Travel across State boundaries to and from Victoria is still be subject to isolation requirements.
New COVID-19 lockdown will affect some clubs
The Premier recently announced further COVID-19 restrictions:
Additionally, twelve postcodes in northern and western suburbs of Melbourne are to revert to Stage 3 lockdown until at least 29 July.
Quoting the Premier:
"These "hot zones" will be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. If you live in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out:
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-07-11
News Type: General
Survival grants for clubs
The State Government recently announced details of over 3800 grassroots sporting clubs who have been awarded $1000 short-term survival packages.
Grants went predominantly to the sports with a large community following: Australian Rules football, cricket, tennis, soccer, netball and basketball.
Congratulations to the 45 croquet clubs who were among those who were successful.
SRV has published a list of successful clubs as at 3 July; the list below includes a couple of other clubs that have been notified since then.
If your club was successful, and is not listed, please email Croquet Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the following croquet clubs - including clubs which are part of a shared facility - which we know were successful:
Bairnsdale Bowls Club, Ballarat Western Croquet Club, Beechworth Senior Citizens Croquet Club, Belvedere Bowls Club, Boort Lakeside Croquet Club, Bright Croquet Club, Brighton Croquet Club, Brunswick Mallet Sports Club, Casterton Croquet Club, Charlton Croquet Club, Drouin Croquet Club, Drysdale Bowling and Croquet Club, Echuca Lawn Tennis Club, Golden Square Bowling and Croquet Club, Kalimna Park Croquet Club, Kew Croquet Club, Koroit Croquet Club, Kyabram Croquet Club, Kyneton Croquet Club, Lakes Entrance Croquet Club, Leongatha Croquet Club, Lilydale Croquet Club, Maldon Croquet Club, Monash Croquet Club, Mooroopna Croquet Club, Morwell Croquet Club, Numurkah Croquet Club, Orbost Croquet Club, Phillip Island Croquet Club, Ringwood Croquet Club, RNB Croquet Club, Sale Croquet Club, Sandringham Croquet Club, Sarsfield Croquet Club, Shepparton Croquet Club, Swan Hill Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Trafalgar Park Bowls Club, Wangaratta Croquet Club, Warragul Croquet Club, Warrnambool City Croquet Club, West Rosebud Bowling Club, Western Croquet Club, Williamstown Croquet Club, Wodonga Tennis Centre Croquet Club, Wonthaggi Croquet Club.
Well done all.
Face masks required for greater Melbourne
The Premier of Victoria has announced that
People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.
This requirement starts from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 22 July, to allow people to obtain face masks.
There are some exemptions which are detailed in the Premier’s statement:
People in other parts of Victoria are not required to wear facemasks at this stage, but they are advised to wear facemasks when they are out and they expect it may be difficult to maintain the social distance of 1.5m from others.
Good news: croquet at Mallacoota
Lindsay Crawford writes:
This is a good news story.
It came about because my wife Julee and I had her twin sister Wendy and husband Peter Robinson stay with us for a couple of weeks. They couldn't go back to their home in Mallacoota because all roads were closed due to the bushfires.