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Earlier news


Small changes in restriction levels

The Victorian Government has now announced some changes in restriction levels following the achievement of the 80% single-dose vaccination target. The Return to Croquet guidelines have been updated accordingly. 

In the regions:

  • clubhouses are now open for up to 10 people (subject to the space requirement of 4 square metres per person).
  • travel is allowed for social play for residents of the Victoria/NSW bubble.

In metro Melbourne, and Latrobe City, which is now a "restricted area", play is allowed on the same terms as picnics:

  • travel limited to 15 km from home
  • groups of two can play, or up to 5 if all are fully vaccinated - from no more than two households
  • no mingling between groups
  • no entering "indoor areas" (walls and a roof) to obtain equipment or to access toilets.

The ban on access to indoor areas will disadvantage many clubs and players in metro Melbourne and Latrobe. Croquet Victoria is asking for it to be reconsidered.

Croquet Victoria strongly encourages members to be double vaccinated where possible.



BREAKING NEWS: Geelong joins LGAs in lockdown

The State Government has declared week-long lockdowns in three local government areas: Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire, and Surf Coast.

This will affect several croquet clubs in Geelong, which is now under the same restrictions as Ballarat - similar to Melbourne, but with no curfew. No play, clubhouses closed, five reasons to leave home, 10 km travel limit.


Current news

News Date: 2021-10-02
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-10-05
News Type: General


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Later news


Eased Return to Play restrictions - Metro and Shepparton

The Government has announced that players in Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepparton may now access toilets when they are playing under the "picnic" provisions of the current Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas), available from the Chief Health Officer page on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Consistent with current restrictions which prohibit mingling in indoor spaces, members in Melbourne and Shepparton are still not allowed to enter clubhouses to access equipment. Some clubs have arranged to stack necessary equipment so it can be reached by someone opening a door from the outside. Clubs wishing to adopt this approach should check the arrangement with their local government authority.



Vale Hetty Veldman

Sad news just received: Hetty Veldman, President of Castlemaine Croquet Club, died in hospital this afternoon. Hetty was till recently a Regional Director and member of the Croquet Victoria Council, and also served as the Croquet Victoria Complaint Officer and a member of the Child Safe sub-committee. Her warmth and energy were widely appreciated.

Club secretary Tricia Devlin writes:

Castlemaine Croquet Club is devastated to learn of the sudden death of our president, Hetty Veldman. She has been a cornerstone of our club since taking up the game with her customary complete enthusiasm.