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Please note, as restrictions ease across Australia you will see the requirements differ from state to state. You will find all this information via the important websites link below

Before you open, please make sure you have checked the regulations as they apply to your state. Many states require safety plans, some of these are mandatory. 

Australia has been very successful to date in flattening the curve, but we must not be complacent. We all need to play our part in ensuring the curve stays flat! Please follow the advice provided for your state. You will also find detailed information and guidance through the Federal Department of Health and the Safe Work Australia industry specific information for Gyms and Fitness Centres. You will also find our reopening guidelines linked above.

Hello and welcome back! 

Western Australia – BREAKING NEWS – April 23, 2021

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has announced Perth and the Peel region would enter a three-day lockdown from midnight tonight.

The premier has also released details of 11 locations visited by a man infected with coronavirus during hotel quarantine.

They include the Perth suburbs of Crawley, Subiaco, Kardinya and Northbridge.

Masks will be mandatory from 6:00pm.

Keep an eye on the WA Gov website for further information as it becomes available.

Queensland Update March 29, 2021:

A three-day lockdown has been announced  for Greater Brisbane and masks will become mandatory across Queensland…

Greater Brisbane lockdown will commence at 5pm today. This includes Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane council areas. 

Masks become mandatory in any location indoors – except your home. Exclusions for medical exemption and strenuous exercise. Outside of Greater Brisbane masks are required inside and in crowded areas where social distancing is not possible, and on public transport. Note anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since March 20 needs to follow the lockdown restrictions.

More information to follow on: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Victoria update March 23, 2021

Victoria To Further Relax COVIDSafe Settings

Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and an increase in the number of people allowed in live music venues and other settings.  

We expect the Vic Gov guidance pages to be updated shortly, but in the meantime here are the key points:

  • A density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies to each space. 
  • No caps on gym and exercise classes (other than limits imposed by density quotient). Note still require 1.5m social distancing. 
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, disinfectant and other cleaning products must be supplied for use by patrons, and
  • electronic record keeping through the Services Vic application or a government API-linked digital system is required (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty).
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. 

Outdoor physical recreation and community sport:

  • No cap on outdoor fitness classes other than density quotient of 1 per 2sqm. 
  • Electronic record keeping through the Services Vic app or a government API-linked digital system is required (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty). 
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

February 26

Victoria will return to its previous COVIDSafe settings from tonight, allowing for more visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing and increasing the number of workers heading back to the office.     

Masks – From 11:59pm tonight, masks will be only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores, indoor markets.

Density Requirements – In gyms, the density limit remains 1 per 4sq metres – with exercise classes limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.

Victoria update February 17 

From 11:59pm 17 February 2021 Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions – with some revised conditions.

In summary:

  • Gyms can re-open, along with community facilities and community sport.
  • Face masks continue to be mandatory indoors (other than residential homes). This includes workplaces. See earlier posts for more details on face masks, including exemptions.
  • Face masks are also mandatory outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (except with people from your own home).
  • Indoor physical recreation and community sport: A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies to each space.
  • Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required (see below)
  • Record keeping requirements continue. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.
  • Table of restrictions 
  • Sector guidance details here.

More details here – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer

Victoria update February 12 – Breaking news

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has just announced a five-day lockdown in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak linked to a Melbourne quarantine hotel.

This starts at 11:59pm tonight and continues until 11.59pm next Wednesday evening.

Stage 4 restrictions will resume, with only four reasons to leave home, including for 2 hours of exercise per day. Masks will be required everywhere but home.  Indoor and outdoor sport will close.

More information and links will be provided as soon as they become available.

NSW February 12, 2021

The following information is taken from the NSW Government Covid-19 website.

From Friday 12 February 2021, changes to COVID-19 rules affect the capacity limits for some venues in the Greater Sydney region. There are also changes to the requirements for wearing a face mask. Further information here – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules.

Please note:

The following measures will be effective from 12:01am Friday, 12 February for the Greater Sydney region including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains:

  • 1 person per 2 square metres will apply at all venues, except for gyms. But note, a gym does not include a studio for dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts
  • Requirements for dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts can be found here.
  • Ensure the number of people in a facility does not exceed one person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space (excluding staff). Children count towards the capacity limit.
  • Masks will only be mandatory on public transport, but will strongly be encouraged in other indoor venues where social distancing is not possible. More information on masks here.
  • Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected.

    • No more than 5 performers should sing  indoors, with 1.5m between performers and 5m between performers and the audience. 

    • In indoor areas, audience members and congregants should not participate in singing or chanting.

    • In outdoor areas, if the event is one where the audience or congregation are likely to participate in singing or chanting, such as religious services, audience members and congregants older than 12 years should wear a face mask.

           To minimise infection risk:

    • all singers should face forwards and not towards each other 
    • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and
    • keep 5 metres distancing from all other people including the audience and conductor.


Victoria February 4, 2021

Due to a new outbreak of Covid-19, new statewide restrictions came into effect from 11:59pm last night, 3 February.

  • The limit on the number of people gathering in a household will be reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).
  • Masks will be mandatory in public indoor spacesthis from DHHS (Updated Feb 3)…

    “Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?

    You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an indoor setting. This includes when exercising indoors in facilities such as gyms and recreation centres unless you are out of breath or puffing (or have another exemption). 

    A face mask is not required when exercising outdoors, but it is recommended if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from others.  

    You still need to carry a face mask with you at all times. 

    You can find more information on the Face masks – exercise page.”

  • Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face mask

    Persons whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching or live broadcasting. Note, we understand this to refer to teaching in education settings, rather than fitness/recreation settings, excepting when live broadcasting.

  • If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.
  • The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February will be paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.

Anyone who has visited these Tier 1 exposure sites during these times must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and remain isolated for 14 days.

The locations on this list are not a current risk to the public and you can visit them in line with current restrictions. DHHS make every effort to contact businesses prior to updating the exposure sites and appreciates the ongoing assistance of Victorian businesses in managing exposures to coronavirus (COVID-19).

More information will be shared as it becomes available, but for now we understand masks will be needed for indoor yoga classes.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks-covid-19

Western Australia 31 January

Effective from 6pm Sunday, 31 January 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown, based on health advice.

These measures are being implemented due to a fast evolving situation in Western Australia with a positive COVID-19 case detected in a hotel quarantine worker. For more information, please see the announcement.

Stay tuned here for updates

Victoria January 21, 2021

The Victorian Government now has a dedicated page for Sport, exercise and physical recreation services sector guidance. This includes current restrictions, guidelines and FAQ’s.

Current advice includes:

  • Density limit of one per four square metres for all venues. 
  • 1.5m between students still applies  
  • Classes limited to 50 patrons and electronic record keeping is recommended. 
  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required.

Victoria January 14, 2021

From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.

These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals.

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others. More information is available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au, or by calling Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

Queensland – Monday January 11, 2020

Those of you in Greater Brisbane, as well as those who have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021 will need to wear a mask indoors including in Yoga Studios. Participants may remove the mask for ‘strenuous’ exercise, which generally means if they are out of breath and huffing and puffing. More details here – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/easing-greater-brisbane-restrictions.

Queensland January 8, 2021

A three day lockdown for Greater Brisbane in response to new strain of Covid-19 has just been announced. From 6:00pm tonight people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands will be required to stay home until 6:00pm Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain of the virus.

If you have a studio in the areas concerned, please follow your local advice closely.

Victorian changes to Covid-19 restriction as from December 31, 2020

The key change in Victoria is that we now need to wear face masks indoors and this includes indoor recreational facilities and gyms. 

More information on masks here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks

In Victoria – from 5pm Thursday December 31 –  

The following restrictions were put in place:

  • The limit of people gathering in the home was reduced to 15 from 30.
  • Masks are mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask. It needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.

Details here – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/new-years-eve-restrictions

Latest Advice from the Victorian Government for businesses:

  • CovidSafe Summer restrictions remain in place
  • Continue to practise good hygiene and physical distancing
  • Keep records and act quickly if a worker becomes unwell
  • Masks are mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home take a mask and it needs to be worn any time you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking
  • Move meetings and lunch breaks outdoors where possible
  • Ensure your Covid-safe plan is in place and up to date (see below)
  • Limit the number of people that workers come into contact with where possible.

All Victorian Businesses must have a Covid-safe plan and it must set out:

  1. Your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  2. The level of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
  3. How you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  4. This plan must demonstrate how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government
  5. Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans routinely, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite
  6. Template available here

The Victorian Government has provided a range of resources and guidelines to support businesses to reopen safely includingsigns, posters and templates.

Electronic record keeping – QR Codes

The free Victorian Government QR Code Service helps contact tracers respond quickly to a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19). Victorian businesses can now use afree QR code service to register the details of everyone who visits their workplace or venue.

Using the Victorian Government’s new QR code service is easy:

Step 1:Register your business

Step 2: Download, print and display your QR code

Step 3: Get visitors to scan the code and check in.

Cleaning tips

Employers must take reasonable steps to ensure that shared spaces and public areas are cleaned regularly.

Frequently touched surfaces must be cleaned at least twice a day​, when visibly soiled and immediately after a spill​

  • Cleaning must happen between functions and groups​.
  • An anti-viral disinfectant must always be used during cleaning.
  • Free infection control training is available. Further information is available on theVictorian Skills Gateway.

Other links

Latest advice – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/new-years-eve-restrictions

Update NSW December 7

Mandatory Check-ins: There has been confusion around which systems to use for mandatory check ins. Here is the most current advice

“Patron check-in at recreation facilities (indoor) must be completed using electronic methods such as a QR code.

The  Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in is strongly recommended as a free, secure and convenient system, but any electronic method that meets the record keeping requirements can be used.”

Change to density requirements: Maximum number of people

Now 2 square metres per person density requirement – effective today.

“An occupier of premises must not allow more than 25 people on the premises if the size of the premises is insufficient to ensure at least 2 square metres of space for each person.”

COVID-19 Safety Plans are also mandatory

“Under Public Health Orders all indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, and martial arts training facilities must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Businesses should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.”

Update Victoria December 7, 2020

Victoria has moved to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions from 11:59pm last night (Sunday 6 December 2020).

See the Premier’s statement for more details. In summary:

Note the change to density requirements

For indoor physical recreation facilities, which include gyms, fitness centres and studios.

  • Open with COVIDSafe requirements: density limit of one per four square metres for all venues. Classes limited to 50 patrons and electronic record keeping is recommended. COVID Marshals required when staffed. When gyms are unstaffed, a density limit of one per eight square metres applies. Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required.
  • Go to the sector guidance page for operational guidance and frequently asked questions.    
  • Summary of frequently asked questions

Masks should be worn when distancing cannot be maintained.

Update ACT December 3, 2020

Canberrans are reminded that easing of restrictions under Stage 4 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect at 9am December 2. 

The key changes under Stage 4 are:

  • Businesses wishing to have more than 25 people across their venue can apply the one person per two square metres of usable space rule in both indoor and outdoor spaces, provided they use the Check In CBR app to collect patron contact details.
    • Venues have until Wednesday 16 December 2020 to register with Check In CBR to meet this requirement.
    • If a venue does not wish to use Check In CBR, they must continue with Step 3.2 provisions of one person per four square metres of usable space indoors and one person per two square metres of usable space outdoors.

Update Victoria November 23, 2020

With thanks to DHHS, we have pulled together all of the most relevant information on your most frequently asked questions, including: fans, home studios, distancing, screening and masks.

Summary of key points:

  • BYO equipment still recommended (virus lives on cotton fabric for 24-36 hours at temperatures 15-29c)
  • Make sure sanitisers are really easy to find (people may not go looking for them)
  • Make sure enough signage in all key locations; kitchen, bathrooms, entry, reception area, entrance to room etc.
  • Provide TGA approved disinfectant wipes to wipe down frequently touched surfaces 
  • Put signage instructions for members to flush toilets closed with lid closed
  • Flush all toilets, disinfectant water taps and showers frequently
  • Keep any chairs well apart to maintain social distancing
Fans  
  • Current advice from DHHS is fans should not operate within indoor venues, where possible windows should be opened and air conditioning adjusted to enhance airflow. With air-conditioning please ensure that you are not using the ‘recirculate’ mode. e.g. switch air conditioning to external air only.
  • The WHO advice on ceiling fans suggests, “The use of ceiling fans can improve circulation of outside air and avoid pockets of stagnant air in occupied space. However, it is critical to maintain good outdoor ventilation when using ceiling fans.  An efficient way to increase outdoor air exchange is by opening windows.”

Update November 20 SA


Great news! Gyms in SA will be able to re-open at midnight on Saturday night! (21/11/20)

We are seeking clarification on any further restrictions but at this stage the only requirement will be 1 person per 4m2. Exercise in family groups (people within your household) can occur immediately.

More information to come.

Update November 20 NSW

From 23 November, it will be mandatory for your business to check-in customers electronically. 

If you don’t have a process in place already, we strongly encourage you use the NSW Government QR code. 

Businesses that don’t follow the COVID-19 safety rules risk serious penalties and possible closure under the Public Health Order. 

Below are the steps you need to take to meet your obligations, keeping students and staff safe and to remain open: 

  • Complete your COVID Safety Plan and register your business as COVID safe. Keep a copy of your COVID Safety Plan at your business so you can show it to an authorised officer if required.
  • When you register as a COVID safe business, you’ll receive an email with your NSW Government QR code that you can use to check-in your students. 
  • Once you receive the email with your QR code, print it out and put it up somewhere that’s easy to see – or display it electronically on a tablet or iPad. 
  • Check-in using the NSW app on the student’s smartphone. They simply hoover their phone camera over the QR code to check-in. 
  • Please check and ensure the student’s details have been recorded correctly. 
  • Check-in customers when you can’t use your QR code using details provided when you register as COVID safe.

For more information, please refer to this document.

For current NSW government resources and guidance for yoga studios, click here.

Update November 18 SA

A six-day ‘Circuit Breaker’ lockdown has just been announced for South Australia which will mean

  • Exercise will not be permitted outside the home;
  • Masks will be mandatory;

More information as it comes to hand…

Update November 17 – South Australia

There is further information coming through so we have created an FAQ document for you which we will update as we go along. You can find it here and it covers:

  • Social distancing requirements
  • Covid Management Plans
  • Restricted premises
  • On premises classes (e.g. car-parks, gardens)
  • Outdoor classes
  • Links to the latest directions

Update November 16 – South Australia

Unfortunately we need to inform you that South Australian Gyms and Fitness Facilities will need to close as of mid-night tonight. We assume this will include yoga studios.

This is obviously extremely disappointing. We have little further information at the moment but will provide links etc as soon as information comes to hand.

See more from ABC here: 

“As of midnight tonight we will have a direction which specifically prohibits activities at gyms, recreation centres, trampoline, play cafes. These will close and can I just say, it’s likely that we will have these directions in place for two weeks.”
         
“Of course if we can remove them earlier we certainly will but all of these, we envisage will be in place for the next two weeks.”

Update November 8 Victoria

It was announced this morning that from 11:59pm on 22 November STATEWIDE:

Indoor physical recreation (which includes yoga studios) – contact or non-contact:

-Patron cap of up to 100 people

-Group or class size up to 20 people

-Density quotient of 1 per 4m2

Outdoor there will be a patron cap of 500, group sizes align with public gathering limits of 50 people and the density quotient will be 1 per 4m2 .

Link: Updated restrictions applicable from 11.59pm Sunday 22 November 2020

With thanks to DHHS, we have pulled together all of the most relevant information on your most frequently asked questions, including: fans, home studios, distancing, screening and masks.

Until then, position (from 11.59pm tonight) is:

Indoor physical recreation (including classes and personal training)

-Strict density quotient of 1 per 8m2.

-Patron cap of up to 10 per space and 20 per venue with a maximum group size of 10 per session.

-Patrons continue to wear face masks unless out of breath.

-Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes to avoid congregation and exceeding group limits.

-Required to have a COVIDSafe Marshal onsite. 

Update for Victoria November 6

Following on from the DHHS session on Tuesday, we do not yet have any follow-up information from them. However, here are some links mentioned in the session and some further information provided during the session from our notes:

Covid Marshalls – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-marshals

Wearing of masks – https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-vic-covid-19 

Stagger class times  – allow 15 minutes between classes

Hygiene and other supporting information from Safe Work Australia –

CDC COVID-19 Employer Information for Gyms and Fitness Centres

AIHA Reopening: Guidance for Gyms and Workout Facilities 

DHHS workplace infection prevention

List of TGA approved disinfectant wipes (link to come)

FAQs

What if there is a positive case at your studio?

  • Case will be interviewed, primary contacts notified and must quarantine for 14 days
  • Defined as anyone who spent 15 minutes in a room with the person during symptomatic period (which is 48 hours before symptoms appear) (which will likely mean your staff)
  • Deep clean
  • Exposure sites identified on DHHS website

Changes from 11.59pm Sunday

  • Outdoors up to 10 people or a household. Trainer not included
  • Outdoors is defined as no roof or, may have a roof so long as at least 2 sides of the space do not have walls
  • Trainer must wear mask, 
  • Patrons continue to wear face mask unless out of breath
  • BYO equipment or disinfect equipment between each person using. Note the virus can live on fabric for up to 28 days so BYO bolsters and blankets is recommended. Otherwise, bolsters need to be steam cleaned between use or have a protective cover that can be washed after each use in hot water. See above links for cleaning instructions

Indoor classes:

  • 1 person per 8 square metres. So work out your studio/room dimensions in square metres and divide by 8. This is how many people you can have in a space
  • Still need to space mats and keep 1.5m between each participant
  • Patron cap of up to 10 per room and 20 per venue, max class size is 10
  • Patrons continue to wear face mask unless out of breath
  • No physical contact between teachers and patrons/customers
  • Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes between sessions to avoid congregation or exceeding group limits
  • Requirement for CovidSafe Marshall onsite (see details above)

Considerations:

  • Is hand hygiene readily accessible? People should not have to go and look for it
  • Are equipment wipes easily accessible? People may want to wipe down their own mats before they leave
  • How will you manage BYO? How will any shared items cleaned?  
  • Consider communal areas and staff areas
  • What items will regularly be touched? How will you clean these areas/surfaces?

Cleaning:

  • Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt etc. Disinfection means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces
  • See above links and YA guidelines and checklists for more info
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Clean and disinfect all areas – consider high touch points such as door handles, bathrooms, equipment, shared spaces and water fountains
  • Areas often overlooked include tea/coffee area and sink, microwaves, chairs need to be 1.5m apart, fridges, shared food – individually wrapped only, shared dishes are a risk

And don’t forget…

  • Signage in various locations (e.g. entry, reception, sitting areas, kitchens, bathrooms)
  • Wear masks correctly

Gyms vs. yoga studios – we have asked again why we cannot be treated differently/separately form gyms. We are advised at this stage, they will not separate yoga from gyms, dance studios etc. Whilst there is little to no shared equipment, we are advised that potential for face-to-face contact and the fact it takes place in an closed space still present a risk at this time.We are advised that he current intention is to treat all indoor physical recreation facilities as the same.  This is the current position in regional Victoria, with Metro Melbourne moving to this stage on 8 November 2020.

Live-streaming – From 11:59pm on 27 October studios can open for the purpose of recording and/or live streaming. The number of people permitted indoors for this task must be the minimum number of people required to produce the recording/stream – but no more than five. Further, only one person may be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask at a time.

Update for Victoria Saturday October 31

In regards to face masks, the advice is if you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as cycling or running, you do not need to wear a face mask. You must carry a face mask with you and wear it before and after you exercise.

If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are not out of breath or puffing, then you must wear a face mask. Unless you have a lawful reason not to.

This advice would also apply to instructors in group classes. Only one person may be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask at a time in regards to filming. 

Update for Victoria Tuesday October 27

This morning the Premier, Daniel Andrews said there would be a “detailed advisory” about Halloween, masks in gyms and home businesses that would be published online this afternoon.

Update for Victoria Monday October 26

Today the Premier confirmed what we’ve long waited for: Melbourne will move out of lockdown and into the Third Step.  Yoga Studios in Melbourne now have a date for re-opening – November 8. Unfortunately the density quotient is 8 square metres per person, which will make indoor classes very small for many Yoga studios. 

Third Step Melbourne: Further changes confirmed under the THIRD STEP for MELBOURNE from 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October as follows:

Filming from studios: Open only for recording and broadcast permitted only with minimum number of people required to conduct the recording/streaming, up to 5 people:

  • only one person at a time may be exempted from wearing a face covering under the strenuous physical exercise exemption. e.g. the trainer leading the broadcast
  • shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements

Outdoors

Outdoor physical recreation and personal training: A household or up to 10 people in any group (trainer is additional to group)

Outdoor fitness or dance classes:

  • Open for outdoor classes, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
  • Shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements

Next step Melbourne: Further changes from 11:59pm Sunday 8 November under the METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE CHANGES FURTHER EASING (TO ALIGN WITH REGIONAL VICTORIA) 

Indoor (non-contact) fitness (which will include yoga studios), and including indoor gyms  to resume with:

  • density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm and patron cap of 10 per space (max 10 per group/class), cap of 20 per venue
  • Controls such as recommendation to wear face masks, limits on shared equipment, time between groups and requirement for a COVID Safe marshal on site.

We have already communicated our concerns re these new density quotients to Government.

There will be further information added as it becomes available.

Links here:

Update for Victoria Sunday October 25

Quick update for Victoria. Further changes for Metro delayed due to current outbreak, but some news for our Regional Victorian members… From 11.59pm on Tuesday (October 27), indoor gyms and fitness spaces will be open for up to 20 people with a maximum of 10 people per space, and a maximum density of one person per 8 square metres. Here are your links:

Update for Victoria – Monday October 19

Yesterday Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews detailed changes to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.

In a nutshell, there is little that has changed in terms of Yoga. 

Yoga Australia has been in touch with the Government this morning to clarify when Melbourne Yoga Studios will be able to film from their studios and also to seek guidance as to when it is likely Victorians will be able to re-open indoor yoga classes. We await a response from the Victorian State Government.

During ongoing communications with the Victorian Government we continue to advocate:

  • For consideration independently of gyms
  • To emphasise the low-risk nature and positive benefits of Yoga
  • To emphasise the inherently small class sizes in many studios and the generally lower levels of exertion compared to other types of personal training
  • That equipment can be BYO and that there is less touching of surfaces and equipment than in other environments
  • That risk is minimised by appropriate adherence to Government guidance and the YA guidelines for re-opening, and
  • For the resumption of Yoga Therapy. 

In the meantime we encourage you all to have your Covid-safe plans in place in preparation for reopening when it does finally happen.

Summary of the changes introduced yesterday

Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Second Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing, including the expansion of the travel distance to 25km. The changes to restrictions are summarised here and include: 

  • You will be able to leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.

Additional changes to retail, hospitality and personal services will be made from 1 November, in line with the advice of the public health team.

Regional Victoria remains in Third Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

Here are some further links:

Update – Victoria – October 12, 2020

We have received some further advice from the Victorian Government on the current restrictions. This advice confirms that under Third Step restrictions, workers in regional Victoria may attend an indoor workplace to stream/film content, as long as density, signage, record-keeping and cleaning requirements are met as per Workplace Directions. Only the minimum number of workers needed to film or stream may attend and must not exceed five people at any one time.

In relation to outdoor training, under Second Step restrictions, outdoor personal training is permitted with up to two people per trainer.  As personal training is permitted work under Second Step restrictions, personal trainers can leave their homes for work for more than two hours a day.  However, each session must be limited to two hours or less, as clients can only leave the house for exercise for two or less hours a day (including travel to and from the session).

Under the Third Step in regional Victoria, personal trainers are allowed to train up to 10 people at a time outdoors. Gyms and studios with outdoor areas in these regions can only be used if it complies with local government regulations. 

Further Information:

Update September 23, 2020: Regional Vic

Good news! Following much consultation with Government we can now confirm that filming is now allowed from regional studios…

We have now been able to confirm that under the third step of re-opening, studios in Regional Victoria can now film from their studios – see more detail in this guidance. To quote, “Heavily restricted Indoor physical recreation streaming/recording of classes only, up to five people permitted. Outdoor activity with participant cap of 10 people (not including instructor/trainer). Density quotient applies.” 

Update September 16: Regional Vic

It is good news to see restrictions starting to ease in Regional Vic, although studios remain closed for now, at least there are signs we are heading in the right direction. Here is what you need to know:

Key for studios and teachers is this:

Exercise and recreation

  • Outdoor exercise, classes and training can resume for up to 10 people – plus the trainer. You should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others and make sure any equipment is cleaned between users. 

So no indoor yoga just yet…we are hoping that we will reach the final step earlier than the deadline suggested of November 23. Persistent lobbying will continue…

Update Sunday September 6: Victoria

The two roadmaps for Victoria have been released. There will be more detail to follow, but we have highlighted below the key points that we understand to this moment. The aim is to get the whole of Victoria ‘COVID Normal’ by the end of the year. The steps will be guided by dates and data.

The changes coming in from next Sunday are small; including an increase in the curfew start time to 9pm and an increase to two hours for exercise per day. The information below has been drawn from the www.vic.gov.au website.

There is a lot to take in here and we will expand on this in the coming days as more detail comes to hand. For now, here are some key links for you and then a brief overview.

  1. Re-opening Roadmap for Metropolitan Melbourne

Metropolitan Melbourne has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice. 

At this stage it appears that face to face yoga will be allowed outdoors for two people in the second step (September 28 subject to thresholds) and for 10 people in the third step (from 26 October subject to thresholds below) and studios to open from November 23 – again subject to the thresholds being met. You can find this information in the detailed roadmap PDF.

First Step (applies only to Metro Melbourne): CURRENT FROM 11.59pm 13 SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Curfew in place 9pm to 5am
  • Exercise or recreation: 2 people or a household can meet outdoors for two hours maximum

The second step will follow after September 28 and when we reach an average daily case rate in metro Melbourne of 30 to 50 cases over a 14-day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

  • Outdoor exercise with a personal trainer allowed
  • Social bubbles, phased return of some workforces and education.

The third step can start after 26 October when:

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 state-wide
  • there are less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (state-wide total)

At this stage, major industries return, increased reopening for education, sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions.

  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people
  • Outdoor exercise up to 10 people
  • All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)

The last step can start after 23 November when: there are no new cases for 14 days (state-wide). 

  • Public gatherings: up to 50 people outdoors
  • All retail open with safety measures
  • Fitness facilities open with safety measures

Covid normal – reached when there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories.

  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No restrictions on community sports or spectators
  1. Re-opening Roadmap for Regional Victoria

At this stage it appears that face to face yoga will be allowed outdoors (for two people – to be confirmed) in the second step (from September 13) and for 10 people in the third step (when thresholds are met) and studios to open in the last step when (Latter of thresholds are met and November 23). You can find this information in the detailed roadmap PDF.

Second step: From 11:59pm 13 September 2020, some restrictions will be eased across regional Victoria as they move into the second step of the roadmap (no first step for regional Vic). Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community. 

https://www.vic.gov.au/restrictions-roadmap-regional-victoria

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed (no more detail on this yet – 2 people?)

Regional Victoria will move to the third step subject to public health advice when

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5 
  • there are less than 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days

At the third step will include:

  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
  • Outdoor fitness for 10 people

Subject to public health advice, the Last Step can start after the “Later of threshold being met and 23 November 2020”, e.g. there are no new cases for 14 days, across Victoria. 

  • Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors 
  • Facilities open subject to safety measures.

Covid Normal in Regional Victoria

Subject to public health advice, when there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories

  • No restrictions on community sports or spectators.

Update Friday September 4; Victoria

As we head into the weekend, those of us in Victoria are eagerly awaiting the release on Sunday of the Victorian Government’s roadmaps for re-opening.

We have been in touch with the Victorian Government as it builds out its approach, to ensure we have communicated how important Yoga is to our physical and mental wellbeing and how significantly our members have been impacted by the Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne and the Stage 3 lockdowns across regional Victoria. In particular we have highlighted;

  • that our sector consists of a large number of small businesses, frequently sole-traders and that quite a number of you have not been eligible for the Business Support Fund
  • that our community is committed to Covid-safe practices as directed by Governments and supported by the Yoga Australia re-opening guidelines. The guidelines include recommendations around mat spacing, equipment, opening windows, breathing exercises and chanting. These guidelines can also be found on the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Sports and Health Advisory Committee, Exercise and Stay Healthy page
  • that yoga is a low-risk activity, especially when carried out within the above guidelines and it offers substantial benefits to the community, teachers and studio owners

Yoga Australia will also continue to work closely with Fitness Australia as it actively campaigns for the re-opening of gyms, health clubs, fitness centres and studios such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre.

As always, we will do our very best to update you just as soon as new information comes to hand.

Update Thursday September 3, 2020 – South Australia

Thank-you to our friends at Fitness Australia for bringing this to our attention. Following clarifications from SA Police and SA Health, they have now confirmed that water fountains are now not to be used in any capacity within South Australian fitness facilities. This includes both direct use and filling of water bottles.  We would encourage our SA teachers and studios to follow this new advice.

Update Wednesday August 19, 2020 – South Australia

Here is some further information about the COVID Safe Marshall Training. The training is free and easy to complete.  The recommended completion time is 1 hour, but this is very generous. Given that, this offers a good opportunity for your staff to complete the training to ensure full compliance and provide you with flexibility when nominating a Marshall.

Update Friday August 14, 2020 – South Australia

You may be aware there some new requirements have been introduced that will impact Yoga studios in South Australia. COVID-Safe Plans will continue to be required for defined public activities. Those with an existing COVID-Safe Plan do not need to complete a new plan. Businesses and defined public activities that do not currently have a COVID-Safe Plan must now complete a plan. The COVID-Safe Plan is available here.

The South Australia Transition Committee have also decided to introduce new directions that will require COVID Safety Marshalls to be present at all public serving businesses as of Friday the 21st of August. The intent of this new direction is to increase awareness of current COVID Safety protocols (hygiene, social distancing etc.) without affecting normal business practises. 

Requirements for COVID Marshalls will vary across all industries. Through our connections with Fitness Australia, we are aware there is more detail to come and will update you all as soon as we have further information. What we understand so far is:

  • Marshalls can be anyone over the age of 18 who completes the online training. This includes receptionists, managers, owners, trainers or even volunteers.
  • The required training will be free and easy to complete and is scheduled to be available later today via sa.gov.au
  • Marshalls must show proof of their training if/when required.
  • In most cases, the roll of the COVID Marshall can be performed by an existing staff member as an addition to their regular duties.
  • Only businesses expecting over 200 attendees within a facility at one time will be required to introduce an additional staff member for the role.
  • The COVID Safe Marshall will be the person responsible for upholding the COVID Safety plan. This includes the following duties
    • Promote and take practical steps to ensure infection control practices (e.g. frequent handwashing) are followed by people involved in the operations (patrons, employees and contractors);
    • Promote and take practical steps to ensure people participating in the operations are complying with density requirements, physical distancing principle;
    • Must ensure that all COVID Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans (where relevant) or specific polices/protocols in relation to the prevention of coronavirus are effectively implemented and monitored;
    • Ensure the environment is appropriately established and there is sufficient seating, hand washing facilities and cleaning regimes;
    • Must take reasonable steps to be visually identifiable (specifics still being determined)

For further information please see the most recent FAQ document from the South Australian Government attached.


Update Thursday August 6, 2020 – Melbourne and Victoria

Re the Melbourne Metro situation – we have nothing further for you yet on the question of whether you are able to record or stream from within your studio. The default position is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry. We know many of you have rung the hotline and there have been conflicting answers on this. The position on sole operators, in particular, is an area we are seeking clarity on. Our understanding at present, is that our industry is included in the shutdown and so we would advise as per yesterday’s update, that you prepare to record and stream from home. Here are some further links you might find helpful during these challenging weeks:

Update Wednesday August 5, 2020 – Marshals NSW

Following discussion with and feedback provided to the NSW Government, they have created a seperate category in their industry guidelines section for ‘Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities‘. There is no requirement for a Hygiene Marshal in these guidelines, however, a hygiene marshal is required at Gyms.

Update Tuesday August 4, 2020

Awaiting Clarification – live streaming/recording video from Yoga Studios in Metro Melbourne:

We know many of you in Metro Melbourne are wanting to know if you can go to your studios to record or stream your online classes once the new Stage 4 restrictions for businesses come in at midnight Wednesday August 5. We have reached out directly to the Government and are awaiting written confirmation on this. We appreciate your concerns. The uncertainty is difficult. We will update you as soon as possible…

Regional Victoria: From 11:59pm on 5 August, stage 3 restrictions will apply throughout regional Victoria. The restrictions for Mitchell shire, which was already under stage three, will remain the same. In summary this means:

 – Outdoor exercise with only one other person or members of your household

 – When you leave home you must wear a mask or face covering

 – Indoor sports centres including gyms (and Yoga Studios), training facilities and pools are closed

 – Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor (Which we understand includes outdoor one-on-one Yoga, with social distancing in place and no shared equipment – and wearing a mask)

Metropolitan Melbourne has now entered stage four restrictions (from 6pm on Sunday 2 August). You can find out all about stage 3 and stage 4 restrictions here.

Update July 30: Regional Victoria 

Victoria has announced 723 new Covid-19 cases today. In his press conference the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, has announced some further restrictions. For our members in regional Victoria, masks will be required outside of your home. We will update you further as more details come to hand…

Update July 29, 2020 – Changes to NSW restrictions announced…

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that all gyms will now have to have a COVID-19 officer onsite including those which operate unstaffed.

Under the new rules, all gyms and fitness centres (and we understand this includes Yoga Studios) must: 

Gyms and fitness centres must take all reasonable steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Businesses who fail to be compliant will risk facing a fine or venue closure. Yoga Australia has reached out to the NSW Government for further advice and clarification and we will update you as more information becomes available. We have suggested the NSW Government updates its latest advice to include explicit reference to yoga studios, to avoid confusion.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the extra measures are necessary to stop the spread of the virus.

“Without proper COVID safeguards, they may present a transmission risk and that is why we need operators to put their customers first by registering their COVID Safety Plan,” Mr Dominello said.

“Whether it’s maintaining social distancing, cleaning equipment after use or making hand sanitiser available for customers, these dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals will play a pivotal role in keeping gyms safe and compliant.” 

You can submit or update your business COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Information on PPE for Yoga Therapists

Yoga Therapists may find the follow documents and links helpful in terms of requirements around hygiene and PPE:

It is always wise to check your local state guidance for specific requirements for businesses, you will find links in our re-opening guidance document or by visiting the Covid pages of your state government.

Breaking News: Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire going back into lockdown …

The Victorian Premier Daniels Andrews is currently holding a press conference and has announced further lockdowns in Victoria. This is understandably distressing news for those of you in Metropolitan Melbourne (and Mitchell Shire).

Victoria will reimpose stage three restrictions for six weeks in greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire in a bid to slow a rapid spread of coronavirus. These stay-at-home orders will be reimposed from midnight tomorrow night.

We will update you as soon as further information is available…

Updated July 1, 2020:

Please see below for further information for those in Victoria regarding the lockdown postcodes and a grant that is available for businesses in these suburbs.

Breaking News June 30, 2020

Queensland was due to go into Phase 3 of easing restrictions on July 10, but Phase 3 is kicking off this week, coming into effect from midday on Friday, July 3.

On Tuesday 30 June 2020, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Stage 3 Easing of Restrictions, including border changes.

Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan: 

  • indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres
  • outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing

Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule (Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan.)

For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time (Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a stay-at-home order will be imposed on several Melbourne suburbs experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases from 11.59pm tomorrow.

Postcodes for these suburbs are as follows:

  • Postcode 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens.
  • Postcode 3064: Cragieburn, Donnybrook, Kalkallo, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park.
  • Postcode 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana.
  • Postcode 3060: Fawkner.
  • Postcode 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham and West Footscray.
  • Postcode 3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong and Travancore.
  • Postcode 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale and Moreland West.
  • Postcode 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie. (Australia Post lists Niddrie North as a separate suburb in this postcode, but the Victorian government release does not.)
  • Postcode 3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans.
  • Postcode 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, and Oak Park.

“The Chief Health Officer has advised me to reimpose restrictions in line with stage 3 so they will be stay-at-home orders except for four reasons to leave your home.”

“These orders will be effective from 11:59pm tomorrow night and they will run for four weeks until 29 July. There will only be four reasons that you are permitted to leave your house and only if you really have to. For work or school, for care or care giving, for daily exercise, for food and other essentials. They are the acceptable reasons to leave but only if you need to.”
Notes:
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms (which will include Yoga Studios) training facilities and pools will be closed in those postcodes. You can find out more about the return to Stage 3 Stay at Home for those postcodes here.
  • Outdoor sport facilities will be closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor
  • From 11:59pm on 1 July, changed gathering limits apply to restricted postcodes. If you live in an impacted area, you are only allowed to exercise with one other person, or members of your household. This applies even if you leave a restricted postcode to exercise.
  • Local Lockdowns Business Support Program is offering $5,000 grants to help businesses through temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns. You can find out further information here.

Updated Monday June 28, 2020

See minor edits to links and information provided below for SA.

Updated Friday June 26, 2020

WA: Your restrictions have eased further. Phase 4 will start on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June).

Key points to consider as you decide how to manage you’re the further relaxation of restrictions and how they apply to classes and equipment are as follows:

  • Businesses will no longer be subject to a defined venue capacity limit. The number of people that a venue can accommodate will be determined by the 2 square metres per person rule.
  • All other specific restrictions on venues or activities, such as seated service at pubs and bars, have been removed.
  • All businesses are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan. (See Phase 4 template here)
  • Wellness centres that provide group fitness classes, including yoga or Pilates, must observe the 2 square metre per person rule. (So divide your studio size in square metres by 2 to work out the maximum number you are allowed. Note, you may find you do not have enough room to fit this maximum number if you space your mats 1.5m apart as recommended. See our matt spacing guide and checklists here.

Here is some further information you might find useful:

Phase 4 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap sees further easing of restrictions related to sport and recreation.

Gyms, fitness and sporting centres can now open without the requirement of supervision, however, these venues are encouraged to:

An organisation that controls or operates the premises will need to complete or update their COVID Safety Plan and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines. The business must have its COVID Safety Plan available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises.

Other organisations, including sporting organisations, may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan. 

Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation for further information around hygiene requirements.

For venues/spaces where the 2 square metre rule is an increase from local government approved capacities, the local government determination will apply.

SA: You will be moving to Step 3 from June 29.  

Social distancing requirements will be reduced to one person per two square metres. This is how you calculate the maximum number of people allowed in a space. The 1.5 distancing is still required.

Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVIDSafe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated version of their existing plan before 29 June.

Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence. Create a new plan here.

Contact tracing -Indoor fitness classes must still keep records of all attendance as per FAQ doc. Electronic methods of this are permitted (eg scan-in or online booking systems). This is also encouraged for all non-class based businesses.

Exercise Mats and other equipment – 

  • Participants should bring their own mat and towel as per the COVID Safety plan
  • Equipment should be cleaned after every individual use
  • Participants should also clean/sanitise their hands between each equipment use as per COVID Safety plan
  • It is suggested that fans not be used.

Note step 2 arrangements apply until June 29:

Classes in larger rooms can have up to 20 people if they meet a density requirement of 1 person per 7 square metres.

For smaller rooms, classes of up to 10 can be accommodated if they meet the density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres. Contact tracing forms must be kept for indoor sport and indoor fitness or recreation activities.


Updated Wednesday June 17, 2020

South Australia – Re indoor classes,  if space allows for 1 person per 4 sqm: Indoor group fitness classes remain limited to 10 people. This can be increased to 20 if space allows for 1 person per 7 sqm.

Updated Tuesday June 16, 2020

Victorian yoga studios will be finally able to reopen next week, with the Victorian Government releasing their guidelines for sport and exercise.

In Victoria, from 11:59pm on 21 June, indoor physical recreation venues, including yoga studios, can open with up to 20 people allowed per space (10 per class), subject to the four square metre rule. Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart. Key points:

  • There can be multiple separate ‘zones’ within large indoor spaces.
  • Cap class sizes at 10 people excluding instructors per separate zone, subject to 4 sqm per person. See our suggested mat layout for more support.
  • Have measures in place to manage the movement of people through communal areas, such as change rooms, for example staggered class or session times. See our guidelines for reopening support.

Updated Tuesday June 2, 2020

NSW has announced From Saturday, June 13, indoor fitness activities like yoga, pilates or group training sessions will be permitted, and class sizes will be capped at 20 people. 

Refer to the NSW safety plan for gyms for more info

Tasmania has also just eased their restrictions further

Effective Friday June 5 at 3.00pm, gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor. Your link here.

Queensland eases its restrictions further. More information here (Scroll down) and here

From June 1 at 12.00 noon. Gatherings of up to 20, non-contact indoor and outdoor sport, includes Yoga Studios.

NOTE: For all businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a voluntary general checklist is available to assist you in opening safely and you may also find this ‘Return to play‘ checklist useful as it details what you need to do to safely re-start your activities.  

ACT –

In line with Step 2 of the COVID Safety Australia Plan, the ACT Government has announced from 11.59pm on Friday 29 May 2020, COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT will ease further. Your link here.

Key changes include:

  • Gyms, health clubs, fitness and wellness centres (including yoga, barre, pilates and spin facilities) can reopen with up to 20 people per indoor space at one time if they can follow physical distancing.

WA – Moving to stage 3 as of June 6 

Phase 3 commences June 6. Note 4 square metre rule becomes 2 square metres. This determines how many people you can have in a space with physical distancing.

SA – 10 per class indoors from June 1, note safety plan needed.Your link here.




















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