While metropolitan Melbourne remains locked down it is pleasing to advise that the Premier announced changes to restrictions affecting community sport (including golf) in Regional Victoria except for the Greater Shepparton LGA as from 11.59pm, Thursday 9th September. Regional facilities may operate under strict restrictions. Those restrictions and how they relate to golf clubs and facilities are published at www.golf.org.au/directives.

Golf Australia, the PGA and WPGA continue to work closely with the Victorian government to accelerate the return of Golf in Victoria. Discussions with the Victorian Government are continuing on the return to play for metropolitan Melbourne, and the return of competition golf in regional Victoria. We continue to support the Government’s vaccination program as it is clear that the fastest road to the full resumption of golf in Victoria is the continued increase in Victorians who have been vaccinated.

With the release overnight of the Chief Health Officer’s directions, further guidance for clubs/facilities in Regional Victoria is listed below.

Operations Advice – Regional Victoria
• Play can be conducted in groups of four, and there is no limit on the number of payers at your facility.
o NB: Golf is able to be played in an unrestricted manner as a 50 metre distance can be maintained between the groups at all times. Please note, mass gathering limits must still be observed.
• No competition golf may be played, but social scores may be submitted for handicapping purposes.
o NB: The Victorian Government position on competitions being conducted across any sport is a blanket rule.
• A Covid Check-in Marshal must be present at the entrances to your facility open to participants whenever the facility is operational
• Clubs and facilities in regional Victoria must continue to check the identification of participants and refuse service to participants who ordinarily reside in metropolitan Melbourne.
• Coaching – outdoors only limited to 10 people plus the coach.
• Masks must be worn at all times unless there is a medical reason not to do so. This includes while playing golf.
• Shared equipment such as pull buggies and carts must be cleaned between uses. Flag sticks and bunker rakes can remain in play and should be cleaned regularly.
• All staff, members and visitors must check in using the QR service.

Clubhouse Operations – Regional Victoria
• Food and beverage service – Seated service only with a maximum of 20 people outdoors and 10 indoors subject to meeting the density limits of one person per four square metres. For avoidance of doubt, this is a maximum of 30 people across your facility.
• Changing rooms can not be used except for toilet access.
• Masks must be worn at all times.
• All staff, members and visitors must check in using the QR service.

Operations Advice – Metropolitan Melbourne
• Unfortunately there are no changes for Metropolitan Melbourne. Clubs/facilities must remain closed except for the provision of takeaway food & beverage and the essential maintenance of the facility.
• Metropolitan Melbourne includes the following LGAs: Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges and Hobsons Bay.


Further Restriction Information

The Victorian Government directives can be found at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19. The relevant directives are:
• Stay at Home Directions – Restricted Area (No 20)
• Stay at Home Directions – Regional Victoria (No 8)
• Restricted Activity Directions – Restricted Areas (No 15)
• Restricted Activity Directions – Regional Victoria (No 8)
The table of restrictions as announced is available here.