Despite the current lockdown across the state, Football Victoria (FV) would like to draw Club’s attention to important new event requirements implemented by the Victorian Government, which may require a direct submission by some Clubs.
The Victorian Government has announced new Public Event Framework measures related to large gatherings. All Victorian organisations - including Clubs - must adhere to these new requirements.
The updated Government directions allow for the lesser of 1000 spectators or 75% capacity to attend events. Clubs must still have a COVIDSafe Plan in place, or alternatively they may submit a COVIDSafe Event Checklist to the Government.
However, if a club wishes to host additional attendees, they will need to prepare a COVIDSafe Event Plan and submit it to the Government for approval. A Plan may cover multiple events (e.g. 2021 season home matches) in one application.
Clubs should familiarise themselves with the application timeframes:
- Tier 1 (5000+ attendees): Submit COVIDSafe Event Plan 8 to 10 weeks before start of event
- Tier 2 (1000 - 5000 attendees): Submit COVIDSafe Event Plan 4 to 6 weeks before start of event
- Tier 3 (1000 or fewer attendees): Submit COVIDSafe Checklist (if required – e.g. if your club doesn’t have a COVIDSafe Plan in place already) at least 1 week before the start of the event.
Given the extended timeframes, Clubs should familiarise themselves as soon as possible with the Public Event Framework and confirm whether they will need to apply to the Government for increased capacity.
Further information on public events is available on the Government coronavirus website.
Public events are to be registered via this online form.
We will continue to closely monitor Victorian Government announcements this week. Updated Return To Play conditions will be released at the conclusion of the current statewide lockdown which reference the Public Event Framework and any other Government announcements relevant to Clubs.