** UPDATE Update for Victorian Turf Managers - Victorian Lockdown 12th February 2021 **
As you may be aware, this afternoon the Victorian Government announced a 5-day lockdown for Victoria.
The restrictions announced by the Victorian Government will be similar to the stage four one imposed in August and start at 11.59pm on Friday, and it will end at 11.59pm on Wednesday.
Under the lockdown, there will only be four reasons to leave your home – shopping for necessary supplies, care or caregiving, permitted work or education that cannot be done from home and exercise, and the 5km travel rules will again apply.
Similar to the previous lockdown in Victoria, the Victorian government has confirmed that essential workers include those who must work to ensure that a facility can continue to operate without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment - but only those operations that are necessary in order to prevent that damage or loss. Therefore, please ensure that during the lockdown period, turf management and maintenance is kept to essential tasks only.
An overview of restrictions announced today is available on the Victorian Department of Premiers website: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-85, where a table of Essential Workers and permitted activities is available.
This table states, under Section (p) that an Essential Worker for sports turf management is similarly defined as the previous lockdown:
An direct link to the overview of restrictions announced today can be found here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-02/210212%20-%20Table%20of%20restrictions.pdf
Again, essential maintenance for safety and upkeep of recreational spaces, reserves, parks, gardens, golf courses and the maintenance and safety works such as environmental obligations and pest and disease management, are permitted in order to prevent damage or loss at facilities.
Links to an Essential Maintenance Statements for both Golf Courses and Sportsfields & Grounds that can be utilised to determine individual requirements for determining essential maintenance and turf management are available on the Association website at: https://www.agcsa.com.au/news-item/6135/essential-maintenance-statements-for-sports-turf-facilities
Golf Australia have released a similar statement to Clubs throughout Victoria, and further information can be found via the Golf Australia website (https://www.golf.org.au/directives) and the Golf Australia – VIC Facebook page.
We will continue to keep members and the VGCSA updated throughout the day, or if further information arises. As always, should there be any further assistance required please don't hesitate to contact the ASTMA team, and we will endeavour to be in touch as soon as we can.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Sports Turf Managers Association