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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-07-19
News Type: General
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.
No play in Melbourne, regional Victoria back to Stage 3 restrictions
The Premier announced today (2 August) that Victoria is moving to restrict movement across the State.
In the Melbourne metropolitan area (including the Mornington Peninsula), community sporting facilities are to close from 6 pm on Sunday 2 August.
Regional Victoria is to move to stage 3 restrictions from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 5 August. For croquet, where players can be socially distanced, this means:
Clubs in regional Victoria should check their arrangements for play with their local government authority.