COVID-19 Restrictions and Bushwalking - UPDATED 28 October [710] | Blog

ADVICE TO BUSHWALKERS AND BUSHWALKING CLUBS

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Victoria's current COVID-19 restrictions, apply:

For bushwalking clubs in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area

Bushwalking Clubs in Metro Melbourne can now offer walks programs for no more than 10 walkers at a time who will be walking within 25km of their homes, adhering to government COVID-19 rules for travel, social distancing, hand hygiene, traveling together, and mask-wearing. The details are here

Can I exercise with others?

'You can exercise with other people within 25km of your home:

  • You can exercise with your household.
  • With a group of up to ten people outside.
  • You can compete or train in a non-contact community sport outside with the number of people required to play the sport.
  • Babies who are less than 12 months old are not counted in the ten-person limit.'

For bushwalking clubs in Regional Victoria

The details for Regional Victoria are here. Pertinent sections for bushwalking clubs are:

'Exercise and recreation: Outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people aged 18 and younger, outdoor non-contact sport only for adults, with gathering and density limits, outdoor skateparks open, outdoor fitness for groups of 10 people.

'Public gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors are allowed.'

Regional bushwalking clubs in Victoria can thus commence offering walks programs for no more than 10 walkers at a time, adhering to government COVID-19 rules for travel, social distancing, hand hygiene, traveling together, and mask-wearing.

Advice about travel and carpooling:

  • 'Can I have passengers in my car? Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household or are part of your bubble. The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Can I use taxis and ride-shares? Yes, you can. You must wear a face mask and so must your driver. Where possible, maintain physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle. '

Advice about mask-wearing: 

Full details are available here.

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