AFL Victoria have released their current version of Return to Play Protocols.
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Key Points to note:
- Open for all ages, training and competition
- Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches, officials) and must be within venue limits above for indoor sports and outdoor sports are limited to 1,000 people per venue
- Spectators not allowed (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians)
- Change rooms are permitted to be open however the total number of people permitted in all indoor spaces at the facility combined at any time does not exceed the indoor venue cap of 50 (with infants under one year of age not counting towards this limit)
- Get in and Get out approach to playing and training
- Canteens/kiosks are permitted to be open and must abide by density quotients and total number of people permitted in an indoor space
- No spectators on grounds during breaks or after the match
Please note that the 1000 people per venue limit applies to ensure adequate cover for venues with multiple grounds and multiple sports (e.g Bulleen Park is considered 1 venue consisting of 3 Football Grounds and two Soccer pitches). It does not mean that we should be encouraging anyone other than those playing on the day and their parents/guardians to attend.
Please note the following points that Brad Scott has communicated to Tim Murray this week in regards to Crowd Management:
- We urge everyone to support our clubs by adhering to the State Government directions. The Department of Health will be monitoring behaviour and it is vital we lead by example to ensure our exemption continues. It is also critical to our current submission around return to crowds next week and beyond.
- We ask that leagues and clubs clearly communicate to their supporters the restrictions that are in place. But we stress that volunteers are not expected to play the role of police or security guards. Most of our metropolitan grounds operate as public space and therefore clubs should focus on doing their best to adhere to protocols in the immediate vicinity of the clubrooms.