Community sport participants will not be required to be vaccinated this summer, with clubs and associations welcoming the clarification on the eve of sport's return.
The decision came in the changes to restrictions once Victoria moves to further eased restrictions on Friday, October 29 - the state government's roadmap now reading: "community sport permitted indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, with minimum number required. For spectators public gathering limits apply."
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Despite the lack of a vaccine mandate, Cricket Victoria warned clubs may still be subject to localised restrictions.
"Whilst full (double dose) vaccination status is strongly recommended by Cricket Victoria for all people eligible to be vaccinated, you do not need to be vaccinated to play, coach, umpire or volunteer at an outdoor community cricket club this summer," Cricket Victoria said in a COVID update.
"External groups who use cricket club facilities (e.g. personal trainers) will need to comply with mandatory vaccination requirements, however outdoor community sports clubs (such as cricket clubs) are exempt from this requirement.
"The state government is looking into whether unvaccinated people can enter indoor areas such as social rooms or change rooms at cricket clubs (outside of toilet or emergency access which will be open for all).
"Whilst Cricket Victoria hopes that councils will support the state government position and not impose further restrictions than required it is possible (council/shires can impose more restrictive rules) and early contact should be made with your local council/shire to check."
The rules differ for indoor cricket and indoor training. Under state government advice, mandatory vaccination will be a requirement for all sports played indoors.
Bowls Victoria has not released any new advice since the update to the roadmap, but has previously said it will follow the government requirements for vaccination and encouraged its participants to get vaccinated.