Restrictions easing again

By Cobram Courier

A host of sports are set to awaken from COVID-19 lockdown in the coming weeks, after the Victorian Government announced further easing of restrictions next month.

The government said recently that from June 1, up to 20 people will be able to use swimming pools as they reopen to the public.

And community sport will have a 20-person cap in undivided spaces, as long as social distancing measures are followed and it is held outdoors.

Despite the increase to 20 people in community sport, no competition is allowed to be played and it must be non-contact.

And only three people are allowed per lane at swimming pools, while communal showers, change rooms, saunas and spas are to remain closed.

Skateboarders can return to skate parks across Victoria, while outdoor gym equipment can be used.

Many pools across the region will remain closed initially despite the easing restrictions, with Numurkah Aquatic and Fitness Centre among them.

“Although the Victorian Government recently announced that restrictions will be easing across the state, we will not be opening our pool for lap swimming on Monday 1 June. While we don’t have an answer to every question just yet, we’re working as quickly as possible to provide you with the right information at the right time,” the facility wrote on its Facebook page.

“One thing we do know is that we're extremely excited to be reopening our doors soon. During the closures, we’ve all been reminded that community truly does mean everything. We’ve really missed having you in centre. We’ve missed providing you with the opportunity to be active and being able to connect with you.

“When we reopen, we know you’ll want to get back to your daily routine, enjoy all parts of the centre and connect with other members of our community. Some of these things may not be possible right away, but we will all need to work together as we adjust to the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future.”

The government also revealed its plan to further ease restrictions on June 22, only if coronavirus numbers remained low and testing remained high.

That would mean indoor fitness and recreational activities could start with up to 20 people per space and 10 people per activity or group.

And would have gyms reopen for the first time since March.

For fans of the snow, Premier Daniel Andrews hinted at the ski season potentially opening at the same time as gyms.

“And for those eager to hit the slopes, the ski season will open slightly later this year on 22 June,” he said.