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UPDATE: 5.00pm Tuesday 26th April, 2022.

Sport, exercise and physical recreation services sector guidance

Sector guidance for sport, exercise and physical recreation businesses within Victoria.

High vax rate means that most restrictions can safely ease.

The Victorian Government has announced that most COVID-19 restrictions have been removed from 11:59pm, Friday 22 April 2022. Full Victorian Government statement here.

Changes include:

Vaccination and check in

  • Patrons are not required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue.
  • The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app has ended, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a COVID-19 Check-in Marshal.
  • The existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers are still required.

Face masks

  • Face masks are no longer required in hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
  • Face masks will still be required on public transport and at airports – excluding airport workers who aren’t public facing – and in sensitive settings.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Close contacts no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a face mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They will also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period.
  • The requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis remains.

Workplace contacts

  • Individuals will be required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts.
  • Workplaces won’t have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.
  • It is recommended to work from home if you’re a close contact exempt from quarantine.

Events with more than 30,000 people no longer require public health pre-approval.

COVIDSafe Plans are still required in all workplaces.


UPDATE: 12.00pm Monday 7th March, 2022.

The key change being that masks are no longer required.


UPDATE: 6.30pm Wednesday 10th November, 2021.

Return to Bowls Guidelines + Play/Vaccination Advice for Clubs:

There are important clarifications to the COVID information for clubs. Please read the below information as well as the two documents (links below):

  • By law, all clubs must have a COVID check-in marshal at all times.
  • Proof of vaccination can only be one of the four legally permitted forms. Please advise all your members of this to ensure there are no misunderstandings on game day.
  • There is still no government direction on the ‘red-line’ question and as such the exemption to the facility for community sport is applicable (see the vaccination requirements summary).
  • Any persons exempt from vaccination must provide the Australian Immunisation Register medical exemption form (i.e. a doctors certificate will not suffice).
  • Clubs don’t need to check the vaccination status of spectators who are attending for community sport (although they must QR code in and cannot enter the clubhouse without proof of vaccination).
  • Any players using falsified vaccination proof will be subject to BV Disciplinary procedures.
  • Please remind your players about social distancing, hygiene and hand-shaking. Be safe at all times.

These rules are changing rapidly and we will keep you updated with the latest information from the Health Department. 

Good luck to all teams this weekend in pennant.

The four accepted forms of proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Additional resources

For the latest Premier’s COVID-19 Statements, please click here.

Links to the latest COVID-19 information and resources, including current restriction levels, are available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here.