8 Sep 2020
Geoff Sinclair on behalf of the VPA has requested that we join with Equestrian Victoria, HRCAV, PCV and RDAV to have a unified response to COVID in Victoria and to ensure we have a ‘voice” with the department of Sport and Recreation plus other government departments. The group is pleased to have VPA join them.
On Monday 7th September the group met with the government and advise that the current restrictions for Stage 4 Metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 Regional Victoria, will remain in force until the Victorian Roadmap to Reopening commences from 11:59pm 13 September 2020.
For Metropolitan Melbourne, the First Step Commences at 11:59pm on 13 September 2020. Restrictions for equestrian activity remain the same as currently in place for Stage 4 - Metropolitan Melbourne.
Subject to trigger points and public health advice, the government MAY then move Melbourne Metropolitan to the Second Step from 28 September 2020, but ONLY if those trigger points have been met. We are still awaiting clarification of what the impact on equestrians under Step 2, Metropolitan Melbourne may be.
When will Metro Melbourne move to the Second Step? Metro Melbourne can move to the second step after 28 September 2020 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.
First Step - CURRENT AFTER 14th SEPTEMBER
Second Step - CURRENT AFTER 28 SEPTEMBER AND:
Third Step - CURRENT AFTER 26 OCTOBER AND:
Last Step - CURRENT AFTER 23 NOVEMBER AND: WHEN:
For Regional Victoria, the Second Step commences at 11:59pm on 13 September 2020. Restrictions for equestrian activity remain the same as are currently in place for Stage 3 - Regional Victoria.
When will Regional Victoria move to the Third Step? When specified trigger points and public health conditions are met, then, the Government MAY move Regional Victoria to Step 3. Those trigger points are when:
First & Second Step – CURRENT AFTER 14th SEPTEMBER
Third Step – WHEN BELOW IS MET:
Last step – CURRENT AFTER 23 NOVEMBER AND WHEN:
The current provision to care for your horse/s under animal welfare grounds is still in place. This applies to both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
We must all remember that we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Victoria is at the centre of this pandemic in Australia, and how we all behave over the next few weeks determines how successful or otherwise we emerge on the other side. We understand that there will be disappointment and frustration that there is no further relaxation of restrictions at this point, but the groups will continue to advocate on behalf of the equestrian community.
For Victorian Polo and all equestrians, we must show ourselves to be exemplary in the implementation of the government rules so that we can be part of their plan to allow outdoor sport to come back sooner.
Simple rule independent people like us are not used to following but are the new normal:
Wear a mask or face covering
Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
Good hand hygiene
Stay safe - looking forward to our first hit outs.
VPA - President
Victoria Polo Association
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