LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE - 18th October 2020

Second Step Return to Normal, Current stage 4 restrictions remain in place at this stage, with a few changes as at midnight 18th October 2020.

  • The 5km radius is now a 25km radius. This means you can travel to a pool or the beach without being a permitted worker if it's within 25kms of your home.
  • The two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising will be scrapped - so you can now exercise >2 hours a day
  • Groups of up to 10 people from two households will be allowed to gather outdoors. But only from two households, or 10 people if ALL from the same household
  •   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.
  • Outdoor swimming pools can now host up to 30 swimmers
  • 4 reasons to leave home remain in place until 1st November 2020

For a full list of current updates and restrictions, always check the DHHS website here.


LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE - 27TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Second Step Return to Normal, Current stage 4 restrictions remain in place at this stage, with a few changes

  • Outdoor Pools are now open. This means that if you live WITHIN 5KMs of an outdoor swimming pool, you can look at booking that in as part of your two hours of daily outside exercise time. GESAC is at 200 E Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165, and has a booking line open via Try Booking. You can check whether your address is within the 5km radius on the Vic Gov site  https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-5km-from-home-mapIt sells out by about 6:05am each day
  • You can now exercise with one person AND a PT/trainer outdoors as part of your two hours of daily outside time
  • For a full list of current updates and restrictions, always check the DHHS website here.

LATEST COVID-19 UPDATE - 7th September 2020

Current stage 4 restrictions remain in place at this stage, with a few changes

  • Everyone living under Stage 4 restrictions is permitted to have one hour of outdoor exercise. Parents or carers of children can take their children for one hour of active outdoor play outside the home. This is separate to the one hour of exercise allowed for parents or carers each day.
  • Under Stage 4 restrictions, people can paddle, swim, kayak, surf or canoe for exercise as long as they are not travelling more then 5km from their house to do it and not doing it for longer than the 1 hour permitted per day. This includes the time they take travelling to the activity and back. People should not travel further than they need to, and should go to the beach, park or waterway closest to their home

From 11:59pm on 13 September stage 4 restrictions will change

  • The curfew across metropolitan Melbourne will be eased to 9pm to 5am.
  • Restrictions on public gatherings ease - 2 people or a household can meet outdoors for 2 hours maximum.
  • If you live alone or are a single parent with all your children under 18 you will be able to have 1 nominated visitor to your home.

Update from Swim Victoria -Requesting Return to Swimming in Stage 3 - 31st August 2020

SV & ASCTA’s Return to Play Communication with Victorian Government Swimming Victoria, in conjunction with the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) continue to support and work with the Victorian Government in response to COVID-19. We have recently sent a letter to VicSport stating Swimming Victoria’s and ASCTA’s position on the reopening of indoor pools under Stage 3 Covid-19 restrictions including a road map for reopening as restrictions ease. As noted in the correspondence, there is evidence throughout that supports and influences our stance. 

Bayside Swimming Club will continue to keep it's members updated on the status of swimming as updates are released.


LATEST COVID-19 Update - 2nd August 2020

We want to help our members stay safe, so please look online for the changes here. Victoria is now in a State of Disaster, and we don't want to see further restrictions go into place, or for this to drag on into summer. Please do the right thing

  • Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two – you and one other person – whether you live with them or not.
  • If you are swimming in the Bay please note that you are not lawfully permitted to train or gather in groups. The maximum amount of people permitted to train together is now (two) 2. And only if you LIVE within 5kms of the beach you're swimming at. 
  • All indoor and outdoor sport facilities are now closed.

A full summary of what is and isn't permitted is available from the DHHS here. 


Latest Update regarding Facemasks

We want to help our members stay safe, so please note the latest updates from the DHHS regarding the wearing of facemasks.

  • If you are swimming in the Bay please note that you are not lawfully permitted to train or gather in groups. The maximum amount of people permitted to train together is 2 (two) PLUS 1 coach. This is why Bayside Swimming Club cannot organise group bay swimming sessions. 
  • If you hear of anyone using an indoor or outdoor swimming pool at a commercial or school venue, this is currently not permitted in the Melbourne Metropolitan area. This includes swimming pools, spas, swim spas, and saunas. There is ONE exception that is for schools who open swimming for school students ONLY. If a school is open they must have only school students from that school and staff employed by the school present. They also need to have received special permission to do so. MSAC also has some exceptions for high performance swimmers who are looking to qualify for the Olympics next year. Again, this is with permission from Swimming Victoria and the State Government.

A full summary of what is and isn't permitted is available from the DHHS here. 


RETURN TO LOCKDOWN - 

In line with today's press conference Swimming Victoria will suspend all swimming training and competition from midnight Wednesday 8 July for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Premier Daniel Andrews has stated community sport has been suspended for the next 6 weeks.

SV will make subsequent announcements regarding the 2020 season in the coming days.

The health and safety of our members is the primary concern.

SV would like to remind all members of the swimming community to stay healthy and safe in these unprecedented times.

A link to the DHHS updates can be found here


what you need to do if you develop symptoms

  • In line with Government Regulations, any club member who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 must self isolate for 14 days
  • Any swimmer with Symptoms or signs of COVID-19 must not attend a pool until full recovery has taken place
  • Swimmers must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms at the pool, you will be taken to the first aid room, where you will be given a mask to wear, and where you must wait until your parent or carer is called to collect you. 
  • The following is a useful resource for members: COVID-19 Triage Hotline