EV COVID Communications


  • Although QR Codes have been removed in many instances, we have been advised that Community Sport is still required to use them until we receive advice to the contrary.
  • Masks are still required in hospitality sectors, as well as indoors if social distancing is not possible and whenever you are greeting/servicing customers etc. 
  • Community Sport remains exempt from vaccination for competitors, spectators, and volunteers. However, hospitality still requires full vaccination by workers and patrons in line with the requirements of the Vaccinated Economy.

 Further details on the new restrictions coming into place will be published online at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au from 11:59pm on 25 February. 


All levels of membership with Equestrian Victoria should be familiar with the COVIDSafe settings required by the Victorian Government. These settings may be 'dialled up or down' according to the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

Vaccination Requirements and Community Sport - Government COVIDSafe Settings

Community sport refers to competitions and training for the purpose of competition overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.This includes entry level programs (for example AusKick and Cricket Blast), ‘come and try’ days run by state sporting associations or equivalent governing bodies, as well as training for coaches and umpires.

If the space is being operated only for the purpose of community sport, participants, spectators and workers (including volunteers), are excluded from the vaccination requirement.  NOTE: Some venue operators/owners, councils or sporting organisations may require proof of vaccination at their venue or competition. It is your responsibility to check on the requirments.

If workers undertake work not related to community sport at the  facility (for example a café operator at a community sport facility),  then they must be fully vaccinated if they are aged 12 years and two months or older.  Patrons aged 18 years and older at the facility for non-community sport reasons must also be fully vaccinated.  

Physical Recreation Facility

Physical recreation is any other activity that is not associated with competition or training for competitions overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, including non-competitive casual sport and social play, community events (such as ParkRun), self-defence classes, and fitness and gym classes.

  • a premises used predominantly for indoor sport or physical recreation;
  • a premises used predominantly for outdoor sport or physical recreation;

Physical Recreation Worker

A physical recreational worker is someone who works at or in connection with:

  • a facility used or partly used for sport, sport racing or physical recreation
  • a worker who provides personal training (coaching) services

Is an equestrian coach considered a personal trainer?

Yes. The government classifies equestrian coaches as a personal trainer.

Professional or high-performance sport  

Indoor and outdoor professional or high-performance sport is permitted.  

Operators of physical recreational facilities do not have to check the vaccination status of professional or high-performance sports people if the premises is exclusively being used for their training and only the people necessary for the conduct of the activity enter or remain on the premises.

Cafés or similar settings within the venue must operate according to the restrictions for food and drink facilities.   

COVIDSafe Settings for food and drink facilities Shops within the venue must operate according to the restrictions for retail.  



Got a question?

We will try to answer questions as best we can, or point you in the right direction. 
[email protected]