ADVICE TO BUSHWALKERS AND BUSHWALKING CLUBS
Victoria's current COVID-19 restrictions, apply:
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.
'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.'
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.
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.
- '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. '
- 'All Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home, no matter where they live. As restrictions ease and movement increases, the effectiveness of a face mask is even more important.
- You must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves or loose snoods, loose buffs or loose neck gaiters on their own will no longer be considered a sufficient face covering.
- There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask.
- A face mask with three layers is the option recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others.
Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?
If you are doing exercise or physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as jogging or running, you do not need to wear a face mask. You do have to carry a face mask with you so you can wear it before or after exercising, unless you have a lawful exception.
You must wear a face mask when walking for exercise even if the 1.5 metre physical distancing is maintained unless you have a lawful excuse such as a medical condition, where it would be dangerous to have obstructed breathing while walking around.
You can choose to wear a face shield on its own while undertaking strenuous exercise.
- Will I be fined for not carrying a face mask with me when I exercise? You must carry a face mask with you when you exercise, unless you have a lawful excuse for not wearing a face mask such as a medical condition or are under the age of 12. You can be fined if you don’t wear or carry a face mask.'