COVID-19 Update

Find out about current restrictions and changes that may affect you. You can also check restrictions in all states and territories using the COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

Physical Activity Australia has developed a COVIDSafe Plan that is relevant to Fitness industry workplaces.

  • VIC: Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has recommended some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat. All indoor and outdoor physical recreation facilities remain close.

    The time permitted for exercise – and now outdoor social interaction – will increase from two hours a day to four hours. The distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from five kilometres to 10 kilometres.

    As part of further changes to exercise, two people will now be able to train outdoors with a personal trainer. Skate parks and outdoor communal exercise equipment will reopen.

    Up to five people will be able to attend an entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.

    From 11.59pm 17th September, there will also be some changes to COVIDSafe settings in regional Victoria – excluding the City of Ballarat which entered lockdown on 15th September.

    In regional Victoria, gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits and hydrotherapy and swimming lessons can occur. with 10 people indoor and 20 outdoor per venue. Pools open for up to 50 people outdoor and 20 people indoor. Hydrotherapy and swimming lessons may occur. Spas, saunas and steam rooms closed.

    Face Mask is mandatory in all indoors and outdoors spaces for all Victorian, except during strenuous exercise, or if another lawful exception applies. You must carry a mask at all times.

  • ACT: The Australian Capital Territory is in lockdown. Gyms, health clubs, fitness centres and wellness centres remain close. Personal training and bootcamps are not allowed, regardless of whether they’re indoors or outdoors. Swimming pools must also close, except for hydrotherapy pools. Dance classes are not permitted. Gyms and dance schools can have up to 2 people attend a premises for the purpose of filming, live streaming or broadcasting to patrons.

    One household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for exercise or non-organised recreation. Outdoor playgrounds, fitness stations and dog parks can open.

    You can remove your face mask during strenuous exercise.

  • NSW: Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, and parts of regional New South Wales are in lockdown until the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

    In Greater Sydney and parts of regional NSW in lockdown, Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks remain close. You can leave your home to do exercise outdoors or to do outdoor recreational activities. You must stay within your local government area. If you need to cross into another local government area, you must stay within 5km of your home. You must carry proof of your address if you leave your home to exercise or do outdoor recreational activities. Your face mask can be removed while you’re exercising.

    If you’re fully vaccinated, you can exercise or do outdoor recreational activities with up to 5 people if all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.  The limit does not include children aged 12 or under. Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you. You must always have proof of your vaccination with you to show a police officer — if it’s requested. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can exercise with either 1 other person that you do not live with or with the members of your household.

    The LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney — Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Georges River, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and the 12 suburbs of Penrith are subject to additional restrictions. If you live in a LGA or suburb of concern, You must stay within 5kms of your home. You can exercise or supervise a child aged 12 years or under who is exercising or playing within 5km of your home. There’s no longer any time limit on how long you can exercise, but you can only exercise outside of curfew hours. Your face mask can be removed if you’re doing strenuous exercise. If you live in a LGA of concern, you can’t leave your home for outdoor recreation. However, if you are fully vaccinated, you can go out for outdoor recreation with either fully vaccinated members of your household or with one other fully vaccinated person who is not a member of your household for up to 2 hours a day. Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you. You must always have proof of your vaccination with you to show a police officer if it’s requested.

    NSW areas out of lockdown, Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can reopen in regional areas of NSW that are no longer in lockdown. No more than 1 person per 4 square metres can attend. Classes are capped at 20 people. You must wear a face mask in a class. Sporting facilities, such as pools, can reopen.
    For a list of regional areas that have emerged from lockdown, go to ‘Lockdowns and outbreaks – New South Wales‘ in the Restriction Checker.

    In NSW, face masks are mandatory.

  • NT: Sports and recreation activities are permitted, including:

    • Indoor and outdoor exercise such as bootcamp and CrossFit
    • Indoor fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Barre and dance
    • Using outdoor gym equipment
    • Swimming at public swimming pools
    • Using skate parks and public playgrounds
    • Training activities for sporting clubs and teams

    Participants and spectators should practise good hygiene and physical distancing, including:

    • Keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • Keeping face-to-face contact to less than 15 minutes, when the 1.5 metres distancing rule isn’t possible
    • Keeping indoor activities to less than 2 hours

    The NT now requires businesses, organisations and venues to collect customer contact details as part of the COVID-Safe Check-In system. Businesses must also review their COVID-19 Safety Plan every 6 months and appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor.

  • QLD: Gyms and fitness studios can open. Indoor premises have a density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres, and there is no limit on outdoor gatherings.

    If you live in one of the 11 local government areas in South-East Queensland — Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim — or have been there in the last 14 days, face mask rules remain in place. You must continue to carry a mask with you at all times and wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces.

    People in other parts of Queensland are encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. See ‘Face masks – Queensland‘ in the Restriction Checker for more details.

  • SA: South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions.

    • Gyms, indoor fitness centres and other indoor facilities at which people play sport or train can have no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.
    • Outdoor team, competition and club sports activities can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres with up to a maximum of 1,000 people.
    • Spectators are not allowed at indoor sports event. However, only 1 caregiver is allowed per participant — and they must wear a mask.
    • Spectators are allowed at outdoor sports events if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres and they wear masks.

    Approved contact tracing is required. A COVID marshal is needed at gyms, fitness centres, swimming pools and sports clubs.

    Dancing is allowed at dance studios, if no alcoholic drinks are served.

    If there are more than 1,000 people at a sporting venue, they must be outdoors and a COVID Management Plan must be in place.

    You must wear a mask in shared indoor and outdoor spaces, except when exercising.

  • TAS: Up to 1000 people can gather outdoors and 250 people can gather per undivided indoor space at any one time during exercise and recreational activities. The total number of people cannot exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.
    Sporting and gym facilities must meet COVID safety standards but aren’t required to be staffed at all times when they’re open.

  • WA: Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained.