Shepparton News

Some kind of normality resumes

- By AYDIN PAYNE

Greater Shepparton exited its seven-day lockdown on Friday evening allowing for a range of sport and recreation activities to commence again.

Restrictio­ns align with the rest of regional Victoria and return to the settings before Greater Shepparton entered its week-long lockdown.

The biggest change to come from the easing of restrictio­ns is the green light for sport training to resume.

Outdoor community sports are permitted for training only, a welcome sign for cricket clubs as preparatio­ns ramp up ahead of the upcoming Cricket Shepparton season next month.

Bowls remains practice (roll-up) and training only, which will allow participan­ts to fine-tune ahead of the summer pennant season.

Training for community sport is limited to the number of participan­ts required and in groups of 10.

The minimum number of people needed to conduct a sporting activity — players, coaches, referees, officials and carers/parents — can attend.

Spectators are not allowed to observe training, other than parents of children participat­ing.

Golf, which remained open during the lockdown, can return to previous settings.

Social golf remains, however, four people can be in a group and carts can be shared.

Outdoor recreation facilities can open with 20 people in attendance, but if distance can be maintained between groups outdoors — such as at a golf course — there is no limit on attendance, but groups must remain at 10.

Indoor physical recreation facilities can reopen with up to 10 people.

Outdoor personal training can also resume with 10 people and a trainer.

Meanwhile, indoor pools can welcome up to 20 people, while outdoor pools can open with a maximum of 50 people in attendance.

Change room facilities remain closed.

Lastly, outdoor communal gym equipment and skateparks can reopen.

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