Coronavirus advice from the VSKC Committee (12 July 2020)

New restrictions have been determined by the state government for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire for the next six weeks. Use this website link to find out more information about these restrictions and the restrictions for the rest of Victoria. There is a map at this link to find your location and the restrictions in place.

The information in this advice is additional to the most recent COVID-19 advice prepared by the committee.

Club trips
These restrictions mean that club trips cannot occur in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Only trips led and attended by club members living in ‘the rest of Victoria’ may continue in locations outside Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, in compliance with applicable restrictions.

Summary of government restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that relate to sea kayaking [1]

Stay at home
As of 11:59pm on 8 July if you live in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire you must stay at home. You can only leave home for one of the four reasons – shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work, if you can’t do it from home.

Community sport / training
Community sport training and competition cannot occur within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.

Only exercise with one other person
You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or household members. You must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 

Can I leave the house to exercise?
Yes. In metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire you can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public space, either alone, with members of your household or with one other person outside your household. 

This includes walking, running, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking and other types of exercise such as yoga in the park.

In order to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state, you cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to exercise. If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you cannot enter these areas for the purpose of exercise or recreation.

While exercising with people outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

You should also stay close to home and use common sense and consideration when it comes to these activities.

You cannot exercise with another person in a manner than would mean you are less than 1.5m apart (e.g. in a double kayak).

Can I leave Melbourne to exercise?
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot travel outside of the area to exercise and for outdoor recreation. 

Act in accordance with the latest COVID-19 advice
The restrictions imposed by the Victorian government may continue to change quickly and this advice from the Committee will not necessarily have the most up-to-date information.

All paddlers on club trips should familiarise themselves with and always act in accordance with the latest COVID-19 advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and any Federal, State or Local Government recommendations or requirements that are applicable. 

For more information and advice about COVID-19 please see the state and federal websites: www.dhhs.vic.gov.auwww.health.gov.au

AGM and Paddlefest weekend
The committee has been considering plans for the Paddlefest weekend usually held on the weekend after Melbourne Cup in November. Information from the medical profession says that physical distancing and hygiene measures will still be in place unless a vaccine is available. The committee has decided that given the lack of certainty around our ability to gather in large groups, the bookings for the Barwon Heads caravan park and the caterers will be cancelled.

The Annual General Meeting must still be held. If restrictions ease sufficiently this could take place at a Melbourne venue. If this is not possible, the AGM will most likely be held via Zoom. Other Paddlefest-related Zoom sessions are being considered.