Today the Victorian Government announced regional Victoria will be moving to Step Three of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening from 11.59pm Wednesday 15 September.
We are working towards reopening, however we will not be reopening our facilities at this time. We appreciate your patience while we work through what each step of the COVID-19 Roadmap means for you and for our centre.
We will continue to monitor announcements and make decisions in line with government restrictions, and with your health and safety front of mind. Please continue to check this page for the latest information regarding reopening dates.
Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the ‘steps toward COVID normal’ for Victoria. Our team will be working through the detail of the ‘steps toward COVID normal’ and what it means for our centre, and more importantly, you. We thank you for your patience and support as we work toward welcoming you all back.
As you know safety of the community is and always will be our number one priority, especially throughout this pandemic. We will continue making decisions in line with government restrictions and with your health and safety front of mind. As more information becomes known we will provide further updates regarding the staged reopening of the centre.
On Sunday 2 August the Victorian Government declared a ‘state of disaster’ and announced that regional Victoria will head into to Stage Three restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August.
In line with these latest government restrictions, our Centre is now closed until further notice.If you have made a booking to visit the centre after the closure date, you will receive a full refund for your booking. Please allow us some time to process these refunds.
All memberships will remain on suspension or if you have reactivated your membership it will automatically be suspended again.
There are now four reasons those who live in regional Victoria can leave their homes:
- Shopping for food and supplies
- Care and caregiving
- Study and work (if you can’t do it from home)
We know this is disappointing and we have really enjoyed being able to welcome you back since reopening. But the government is making decisions with the best interests of our community in mind, and we must all work together to reduce the spread.
To find out more about COVID-19, please visit the DHHS website (www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus). We will provide further information as new information comes to light.
To help you stay connected, we have launched Virtual Y, which has a range of online fitness, youth and wellbeing content available for free, including Les Mills fitness on demand videos.
All staff have completed the Department of Health COVID-safe training, as well as additional training provided by YMCA Victoria to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge to keep you safe. We have also provided additional training for specific roles to ensure all programs operate safely with social distancing requirements in place.
Temperature scanning on entry
Please make sure you arrive 10 minutes early to your session so you have enough time to sign in and get your temperature checked. All staff and visitors will be scanned upon entry and anyone who displays a temperature of 38°C will be politely asked to leave.
Signage and instructions
Once you are inside the centre, you will see signage and instructions on how staff and visitors can be COVID-safe. Hygiene signage and floor, seat and bench stickers will be displayed throughout the facility to help everyone with physical distancing requirements.
Social distancing in centre
A safe distance of 1.5 metres between people will be required throughout the centre and programs. All spaces within the centre have been measured and 4 metres squared restrictions per space will be enforced. Staff and visitors will be counted as they enter and exit spaces, and some seats and equipment have been removed to ensure social distancing is possible.
Please remember that we must all play our part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. If a visitor does not follow our COVID-safe practices, including social distancing requirements, they may politely be asked to leave the facility by a staff member.
Hygiene and cleaning
When you arrive at the facility, the first thing you will notice is hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points, with the expectation that everyone (staff and visitors) sanitise their hands before entering. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the centre and in bathrooms.
The entire facility will be cleaned every 24 hours and high touch points, such as doors, toilets and gym equipment, will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Staff will also be wiping down gym equipment regularly and antibacterial wipes will be available for visitors to use before and after using equipment.
Our 8-step plan for a confirmed case
Our staff have been trained to ensure that if there is a confirmed case at the centre, they have the tools and resources they need to close down safely. All visitors will have to sign in at reception when they attend their session, which allows us to contact trace those people who were at the centre. There will also be a contamination clean prior to reopening.
Please do not visit the centre if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, tiredness, cold, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention and be checked for COVID-19 at one of the testing stations across the state.