Pony Club Victoria’s is committed to the safety and welfare of our members and the broader community. We thank you all for doing your part to keep Victorians and all Australians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To assist our members we have updated our ‘Return to Ride’ Covid-19 guidelines which allows our return to competition to occur within the government Directions. It is great to see all of our clubs putting in place their own COVID-19 plans.
The Australian government has declared six local government areas as COVID-19 Hotspots and to limit the spread of Coronavirus the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued a recommendation that travel to and from affected suburbs within those regions be discouraged.
With this in mind if you have travelled to the following suburbs recently, please don’t visit your club until this spike is under control.
The 10 suburb Hotspots identified as have a high rate of community transmission are:
- Keilor Downs
- Sunshine West
- Brunswick W
Clubs based in these suburbs cannot commence competition until 31 July, 2020, unless advised otherwise by PCV. This will allow time for the situation to stabilise.
Rallies and other activities for clubs within these areas may still be conducted STRICTLY in accordance with the PCV Covid-19 "Return to Ride" Plan for club members only, including members that live in the affected suburbs.
For all other clubs in Victoria the following applies:
- Competitions can commence without limitation on numbers for riders 18 and under. Riders over 18 are limited to groups of 20
- Canteens can re-open subject to state government restrictions for cafes and restaurants.
- Limited camping is permitted providing campers are totally self-contained. No using public toilets or showers for camping purposes
From 22 June
- Indoor sports centres and venues (No more than 20 participants are allowed per separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group activity or class.
- For adults (over 18), indoor and outdoor sport competition and training activities are allowed if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 people participating, with no more than 10 participants in a class.
- Organised non-contact competitions are allowed for all age groups if participants can keep 1.5 metres between them and there are no more than 20 participants in the competition.
- For people aged 18 years and under, full-contact training and competition may resume. There are no limits on the number of people per group activity or class if all participants are 18 years old or younger.
- Spectators for training and competitions must abide by public gathering restrictions– spectators should be in groups of no more than 10 people in open, outdoor venues and spread out around the ground or venue.
- If indoors, no spectators are allowed – just those necessary for the competition or training and to support the participants (e.g. supervising parents).
- Communal facilities, such as change rooms, can now open for indoor and outdoor sport venues.
What does Stage 3 mean for Pony Club?
- In addition to the existing conditions outlined in stage 2, from Monday 22 June up to 20 people can gather and train indoors per separate enclosed space. The 20 limit includes trainers and coaches. This includes indoor equestrian centres and club rooms.
- Training outdoors. 20 people maximum in groups, plus coaches and instructors,
- 10 people maximum per group/activity indoors
- 4 square metres per person and 1.5 metres apart at all times.
- Canteens may open subject to same conditions as restaurants and cafes, 20 people maximum, max 1 person per 4 square metres, spaced 1.5m apart.
- Clubrooms may open subject to 20 people maximum inside and 4 sq m per person spaced 1.5m apart.
- Toilets and changerooms can be opened provided hygiene is maintained
- Face to face training can occur for all officials, coaches, and volunteers subject to 20 per group.
- Competition can start with unlimited numbers for participants under 18. For participants over 18 the maximum is 20 per group permitted in the one competition area.
- Social distancing rules to apply
- Covid safe hygiene to continue
- All PCV guidelines to be followed