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Advancing Croquet in Victoria


Earlier news


COVID restrictions eased across Victoria - but masks are more important

The same COVID restrictions now apply across Victoria - there is no difference between the regions and metropolitan Melbourne.

The main continuing constraints affecting croquet:

  • face masks are still mandatory indoors.  Outdoors, masks must be carried, and must be worn in crowded situations
  • QR codes must be used for registering everyone who attends a club - clubs need to establish a system for registering people without their own technology
  • density quotients still apply, and restrict numbers inside clubhouses (4 square metres per person, unless the club has a COVID Check in Marshal system when this becomes 2 square metres per person)
  • social distancing and cleaning requirements continue



Larger groups as COVID restrictions ease

The Deputy Premier has announced some easing of COVID restrictions across Victoria from 11.59 pm on Thursday evening 24 June.

The detail is now available in updated Restricted Activity Directions from the Chief Health Officer

A new change for croquet is that there is no longer a maximum group size for outdoor community sport (metro Melbourne and regional). This means there is no longer a need to ensure tournaments are split into small groups. The number of people at a venue is limited by the space available and the density quotient that applies.


Current news

News Date: 2021-07-15
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-07-15
News Type: General

It's another lockdown

The Victorian Government has called a snap lockdown which

  • bans community sport and recreation
  • requires everyone to wear masks, indoors and outdoors (except at home)
  • re-introduces the five reasons for leaving home and the 5km travel limit
  • only allows home visits by an intimate partner or bubble buddy.

Croquet clubs will join many other organisations in closing from 11.59 pm tonight, Thursday 15 July, to 11.59 pm on Tuesday 20 July.

The restrictions currently apply across Victoria, though there have been hints that they may be lifted from regional Victoria earlier than from metropolitan Melbourne.

When play is allowed again, the Return to Croquet Guidelines will be updated and distributed to clubs.


Later news


Spreading the message in schools: Kyneton's story

Graham Smith of Kyneton writes:

'We need to get croquet into the schools' we were told by Croquet Victoria. Always keen to carry out the directions of the state body, Kyneton Croquet Club swung into action. Both local secondary colleges were contacted. In mid-March, back came the reply from Kyneton Secondary College, 'We would love to give students the opportunity to give croquet a go.'

With term 1 almost over, it was decided to start on 10 May; it would last for one week, there were to be four classes of Year 10 students who would all come for one session. That then got put back to start on 26 May.



Croquet is on again across Victoria

The new COVID-safe rules are:

  • Groups limited to 10, subject to a space ratio of 4m2 per person inside and outside
  • Competitions may involve more than 10 people if required for the activity
  • Masks on inside and out, except when eating or drinking
  • Must have a COVID Check-in Marshal checking whether everyone attending has checked in using the government QR code.

Social play, practice and competition are all allowed. No limit on travel within Victoria.

Updated Return to Croquet guidelines have now been prepared, based on the Restricted Activity Directions issued by Victoria's Chief Health Officer on 28 July. These have been distributed to clubs, and can be provided to local authorities who need them before authorising a return to play.