Cyclists Urged to use Common Sense when Exercising

Cyclists Urged to use Common Sense when Exercising

17Jul2020

With the recent increase in positive cases of COVID-19, the Department of Health and Human Services have provided more information on exercise restrictions in the Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire areas.

 

Victorians will face fines for exercising too far from home and we remind members that we must apply common sense at this time and continue to abide by the restrictions and Government advice.

 

There are four reasons that you can leave home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential items
  • To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  • Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Otherwise, you must stay home.

 

Further guidance relating to sport and exercise:

 

From 11:59pm Wednesday 8 July 2020 if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or the Shire of Mitchell:

  • Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed.
  • Community sport training and competition cannot occur within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot attend or participate in community sport elsewhere.
  • You can only exercise or undertake sporting activities outside with one other person or household members. You must be able to keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. 
  • Some outdoor sport facilities will be closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor.
  • Exercise is allowed, but you cannot leave or enter restricted metropolitan Melbourne areas or the Mitchell Shire for physical activity.

How far away from my house can I ride my bike? How far away from my house can I power walk, jog, run?

You should show common sense in satisfying your exercise requirements and go the minimum time and minimum distance that achieve this in your circumstances.

 

For example, rides to the Dandenongs from Bayside suburbs or beyond the boundaries of Melbourne Metropolitan and Mitchell Shire would not align to Government directions.

 

Cyclists looking to ride distance may customise loops within close proximity to their residence and elect to go the minimum time and distance required for the purpose of exercise.

 

Looking to go on extended time/distance rides or for loopholes may not be viewed not in the spirit of the restrictions by relevant authorities.

 

Contact has been made with Sport and Recreation Victoria, in particular advice for institute cyclists and those of whom cycling is their profession, and when more information becomes available this will be provided.

 

Please use common sense when exercising during these times and stay safe.

 

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