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.
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.
Posted on: 2020-08-11
News Type: General
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.
GOVERNMENT SHORT TERM SURVIVAL GRANTS: Croquet Victoria benefits
The Minister for Community Sport, Hon Ros Spence MP, has just notified Croquet Victoria that we have been allocated $55,542 to help us remain operationally viable and be well positioned to resume activity when the time is right.
This is part of a $40m allocation the Government has made to support sporting organisations at club, local association and state level.
Croquet Victoria has been looking at a deficit on its running costs of about $66,000, as a result of reduced income from investments and activities, and a discount of 50% for members on affiliation fees. This grant will be a very substantial help.
Preparing the complex documentation required for the grant submission was a challenging task. Thanks to Kate Patrick, Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt and Claire Keating for their work on the submission.
To play or not to play
Croquet Victoria has fielded a number of queries recently from members and clubs who are concerned about returning to play in the current COVID-19 situation.
Just to clarify: the Croquet Victoria Return to Croquet guidelines which have been sent to clubs set out what is permissible and appropriate under current Government restrictions.
It’s then up to clubs to decide what to do within this framework. You may be allowed to play, but you don’t have to play.