10 AUGUST 2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE - Stage 3 & Stage 4 Restrictions Advice & Plan
PONY CLUB VICTORIA COVID-19 ADVICE
STAGE 3 – REGIONAL VICTORIA & STAGE 4 – METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: A STATE OF DISASTER HAS BEEN DECLARED IN THE STATE OF VICTORIA
Please note that Pony Club Victoria is not an expert on pandemics and as such all Victorian Government and Departmentof Health and Human Services information, guidelines and directives supersede this information. We acknowledge and thank Equestrian Sports NZ for their permission to adapt their Covid-19 Alert Plan for Victoria. The following information is presented in conjunction with Equestrian Victoria (EV) and Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV), with the purpose of informing our equestrian community on how we are responding to Covid‐19, and to provide recommendations for what we believe is the best course of action for all equestrian groups/clubs, facilities, officials and members.
This document may change as the government response to the Covid-19 situation evolves. The most up to date information will be available on the Pony Club Victoria website, distributed through our Social Media channels, and direct communications to members. We will monitor the government restriction levels as we move between different stages, and if there is more flexibility for equestrian activities, we will update these recommendations in line with government advice.
All of the Victorian equestrian community should be aware of and consider their own situations at any given time and apply common sense. The Victorian Government has released Stage Restrictions which may vary for different parts of the state.
STAGE 4 – METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE RESTRICTIONS
On 2nd August the Victorian Premier, The Hon. Daniel Andrews, announced the following directions to abide by:
From 6PM on Sunday 2 August 2020, restrictions are changing for metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is moving to Stage 4 Restrictions. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne, and will not include Mitchell Shire for the purposes of the Stage4 curfew or travel restrictions. These changes are being introduced to reduce the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.
From 2August, a curfew will be in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.
From 5am– 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following four reasons:
To purchase food and necessary supplies.
- This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
- Once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to2.If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
For care andhealthcare
- Including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or care giving.
- Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.
If you do need to leave home, you should wash your hands before you leave and when you return home.
- Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Always wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful exception.
- Never, ever, go out, if you are unwell, unless it is to get tested and then you must go straight home and self-isolate.
- For the complete detail around the permitted reasons to leave home, please refer to the DHHS website:
STAGE 3 - REGIONAL VICTORIA RESTRICTIONS
From 11:59PM on Wednesday 5 August, Stage3 Stay at Home restrictions apply in Victoria, except if you live in metropolitan Melbourne where Stage 4 restrictions apply. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne.
If you live in regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, there are only four reasons that you can leave home:
- To shop for food and essential goods or services
- To provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- To exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person
- For work or study, if you can’t do it from home
You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes.
From 11:59PM on Sunday2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.
FUTURE EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITY – RETURN TO RIDING
Our Return to Riding Plan will again be actioned as and when restrictions are changed, allowing a ‘Return to Covid Safe Riding’.
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