Ballarat and District Association's plans to begin a belated senior season have been delayed.
The BDSA was set to kick-off division one and two, and women's division one competitions on Sunday, July 26.
However, this is now on hold after the Victorian Government on Friday halted the resumption of full-contact training and competition for people aged 19 and over in regional Victoria.
Full-contact training was scheduled to resume on Monday, with full-contact competition set to return on Monday, July 20.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton announced that with a significant increase in coronavirus cases in Melbourne and active cases in a number of regional communities, regional community sport must remain non-contact.
This will be reviewed at the end of the month.
The decision will significant effect on Ballarat hockey, basketball and netball clubs as well. Basketball Ballarat was set to tip off its senior competition on July 20.
Wendouree Netball Association was set to follow a week later.
Meanwhile Hockey Ballarat was supposed to resume its senior competitions on July 25.
Community Sports Minister Ross Spence said the decision would be tough for many regional Victorian clubs and communities.
She said it was not taken lightly and essential to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.
Spence confirmed full training and competition for players aged 18 and under could continue.
This will allow the Central Highlands Football League junior football planned for Saturday and BDSA juniors scheduled for Sunday to go ahead.