Benalla Ensign

Indoor sport given green light

- By Aydin Payne

The sound of shoes hitting hardwood will echo across indoor stadiums by the end of this week after Sunday’s announceme­nt from the Victorian Government.

Indoor community sport has been given the green light by Premier Daniel Andrews to resume from 11.59pm on Thursday, October 21.

The state government eased restrictio­ns further than was outlined in the last month’s roadmap due to Victoria reaching the 70 per cent fully vaccinated target earlier than planned.

In the original roadmap, Victoria was predicted to reach its 70 per cent target on October 26.

Indoor community sport, such as basketball, can now return with the minimum number of people required.

The finer details of whether the resumption of indoor sport is competitio­n or training only are yet to be made clear.

Physical recreation can return indoors for 30 fully vaccinated people or the density quotient of one person per 4 sqm.

Outdoor sport remains training only, but spectators — in line with public gathering limits — are able to attend.

The next adjustment­s of sport restrictio­ns will be when Victoria hits the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target.

There won’t be a long wait, with the state predicted to reach that target by the first week of November.

That will be welcoming news for Cricket Shepparton officials, with the season slated to begin on November 6.

Once the 80 per cent target is reached, community sport will be permitted indoors and outdoors with the minimum number of participan­ts required.

Crowds will be permitted, but there will be public gathering limits applied to the amount of spectators that can attend.

 ?? ?? Time to shine: Benalla’s own Zak Best will make his Supercars debut at the Bathurst 1000 in December. Photo by Tickford Racing.
Time to shine: Benalla’s own Zak Best will make his Supercars debut at the Bathurst 1000 in December. Photo by Tickford Racing.

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