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ACCESS OUR REOPENING GUIDELINES  AND  SUPPORT DOCUMENTS HERE 

Please note, as restrictions ease across Australia you will see the requirements differ from state to state. You will find all this information via the important websites link below

Before you open, please make sure you have checked the regulations as they apply to your state. Many states require safety plans, some of these are mandatory. 

Australia has been very successful to date in flattening the curve, but we must not be complacent. We all need to play our part in ensuring the curve stays flat! Please follow the advice provided for your state. You will also find detailed information and guidance through the Federal Department of Health and the Safe Work Australia industry specific information for Gyms and Fitness Centres. You will also find our reopening guidelines linked above.

Update for Victoria Saturday October 31

In regards to face masks, the advice is if you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as cycling or running, you do not need to wear a face mask. You must carry a face mask with you and wear it before and after you exercise.

If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are not out of breath or puffing, then you must wear a face mask. Unless you have a lawful reason not to.

This advice would also apply to instructors in group classes. Only one person may be exempted from the requirement to wear a mask at a time in regards to filming. 

Update for Victoria Tuesday October 27

This morning the Premier, Daniel Andrews said there would be a “detailed advisory” about Halloween, masks in gyms and home businesses that would be published online this afternoon.

Update for Victoria Monday October 26

Today the Premier confirmed what we’ve long waited for: Melbourne will move out of lockdown and into the Third Step.  Yoga Studios in Melbourne now have a date for re-opening – November 8. Unfortunately the density quotient is 8 square metres per person, which will make indoor classes very small for many Yoga studios. 

Third Step Melbourne: Further changes confirmed under the THIRD STEP for MELBOURNE from 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October as follows:

Filming from studios: Open only for recording and broadcast permitted only with minimum number of people required to conduct the recording/streaming, up to 5 people:

  • only one person at a time may be exempted from wearing a face covering under the strenuous physical exercise exemption. e.g. the trainer leading the broadcast
  • shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements

Outdoors

Outdoor physical recreation and personal training: A household or up to 10 people in any group (trainer is additional to group)

Outdoor fitness or dance classes:

  • Open for outdoor classes, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
  • Shared equipment may be used if cleaned between each user and comply with density and other requirements

Next step Melbourne: Further changes from 11:59pm Sunday 8 November under the METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE CHANGES FURTHER EASING (TO ALIGN WITH REGIONAL VICTORIA) 

Indoor (non-contact) fitness (which will include yoga studios), and including indoor gyms  to resume with:

  • density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm and patron cap of 10 per space (max 10 per group/class), cap of 20 per venue
  • Controls such as recommendation to wear face masks, limits on shared equipment, time between groups and requirement for a COVID Safe marshal on site.

We have already communicated our concerns re these new density quotients to Government.

There will be further information added as it becomes available.

Links here:

Update for Victoria Sunday October 25

Quick update for Victoria. Further changes for Metro delayed due to current outbreak, but some news for our Regional Victorian members… From 11.59pm on Tuesday (October 27), indoor gyms and fitness spaces will be open for up to 20 people with a maximum of 10 people per space, and a maximum density of one person per 8 square metres. Here are your links:

Update for Victoria – Monday October 19

Yesterday Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews detailed changes to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.

In a nutshell, there is little that has changed in terms of Yoga. 

Yoga Australia has been in touch with the Government this morning to clarify when Melbourne Yoga Studios will be able to film from their studios and also to seek guidance as to when it is likely Victorians will be able to re-open indoor yoga classes. We await a response from the Victorian State Government.

During ongoing communications with the Victorian Government we continue to advocate:

  • For consideration independently of gyms
  • To emphasise the low-risk nature and positive benefits of Yoga
  • To emphasise the inherently small class sizes in many studios and the generally lower levels of exertion compared to other types of personal training
  • That equipment can be BYO and that there is less touching of surfaces and equipment than in other environments
  • That risk is minimised by appropriate adherence to Government guidance and the YA guidelines for re-opening, and
  • For the resumption of Yoga Therapy. 

In the meantime we encourage you all to have your Covid-safe plans in place in preparation for reopening when it does finally happen.

Summary of the changes introduced yesterday

Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Second Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 a number of restrictions are easing, including the expansion of the travel distance to 25km. The changes to restrictions are summarised here and include: 

  • You will be able to leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.
  • You can exercise in a group of up to ten people from a maximum of two households outdoors in a public place (personal training is limited to two people plus the trainer). This replaces the limit of five people from a maximum of two households.

Additional changes to retail, hospitality and personal services will be made from 1 November, in line with the advice of the public health team.

Regional Victoria remains in Third Step restrictions. From 11:59pm 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing. The changes to restrictions include:

Here are some further links:

Update – Victoria – October 12, 2020

We have received some further advice from the Victorian Government on the current restrictions. This advice confirms that under Third Step restrictions, workers in regional Victoria may attend an indoor workplace to stream/film content, as long as density, signage, record-keeping and cleaning requirements are met as per Workplace Directions. Only the minimum number of workers needed to film or stream may attend and must not exceed five people at any one time.

In relation to outdoor training, under Second Step restrictions, outdoor personal training is permitted with up to two people per trainer.  As personal training is permitted work under Second Step restrictions, personal trainers can leave their homes for work for more than two hours a day.  However, each session must be limited to two hours or less, as clients can only leave the house for exercise for two or less hours a day (including travel to and from the session).

Under the Third Step in regional Victoria, personal trainers are allowed to train up to 10 people at a time outdoors. Gyms and studios with outdoor areas in these regions can only be used if it complies with local government regulations. 

Further Information:

Update September 23, 2020: Regional Vic

Good news! Following much consultation with Government we can now confirm that filming is now allowed from regional studios…

We have now been able to confirm that under the third step of re-opening, studios in Regional Victoria can now film from their studios – see more detail in this guidance. To quote, “Heavily restricted Indoor physical recreation streaming/recording of classes only, up to five people permitted. Outdoor activity with participant cap of 10 people (not including instructor/trainer). Density quotient applies.” 

Update September 16: Regional Vic

It is good news to see restrictions starting to ease in Regional Vic, although studios remain closed for now, at least there are signs we are heading in the right direction. Here is what you need to know:

Key for studios and teachers is this:

Exercise and recreation

  • Outdoor exercise, classes and training can resume for up to 10 people – plus the trainer. You should keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others and make sure any equipment is cleaned between users. 

So no indoor yoga just yet…we are hoping that we will reach the final step earlier than the deadline suggested of November 23. Persistent lobbying will continue…

Update Sunday September 6: Victoria

The two roadmaps for Victoria have been released. There will be more detail to follow, but we have highlighted below the key points that we understand to this moment. The aim is to get the whole of Victoria ‘COVID Normal’ by the end of the year. The steps will be guided by dates and data.

The changes coming in from next Sunday are small; including an increase in the curfew start time to 9pm and an increase to two hours for exercise per day. The information below has been drawn from the www.vic.gov.au website.

There is a lot to take in here and we will expand on this in the coming days as more detail comes to hand. For now, here are some key links for you and then a brief overview.

  1. Re-opening Roadmap for Metropolitan Melbourne

Metropolitan Melbourne has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice. 

At this stage it appears that face to face yoga will be allowed outdoors for two people in the second step (September 28 subject to thresholds) and for 10 people in the third step (from 26 October subject to thresholds below) and studios to open from November 23 – again subject to the thresholds being met. You can find this information in the detailed roadmap PDF.

First Step (applies only to Metro Melbourne): CURRENT FROM 11.59pm 13 SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Curfew in place 9pm to 5am
  • Exercise or recreation: 2 people or a household can meet outdoors for two hours maximum

The second step will follow after September 28 and when we reach an average daily case rate in metro Melbourne of 30 to 50 cases over a 14-day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

  • Outdoor exercise with a personal trainer allowed
  • Social bubbles, phased return of some workforces and education.

The third step can start after 26 October when:

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days is less than 5 state-wide
  • there are less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days (state-wide total)

At this stage, major industries return, increased reopening for education, sport, recreation, ceremonies and special occasions.

  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people
  • Outdoor exercise up to 10 people
  • All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)

The last step can start after 23 November when: there are no new cases for 14 days (state-wide). 

  • Public gatherings: up to 50 people outdoors
  • All retail open with safety measures
  • Fitness facilities open with safety measures

Covid normal – reached when there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories.

  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No restrictions on community sports or spectators
  1. Re-opening Roadmap for Regional Victoria

At this stage it appears that face to face yoga will be allowed outdoors (for two people – to be confirmed) in the second step (from September 13) and for 10 people in the third step (when thresholds are met) and studios to open in the last step when (Latter of thresholds are met and November 23). You can find this information in the detailed roadmap PDF.

Second step: From 11:59pm 13 September 2020, some restrictions will be eased across regional Victoria as they move into the second step of the roadmap (no first step for regional Vic). Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community. 

https://www.vic.gov.au/restrictions-roadmap-regional-victoria

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed (no more detail on this yet – 2 people?)

Regional Victoria will move to the third step subject to public health advice when

  • daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5 
  • there are less than 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days

At the third step will include:

  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
  • Outdoor fitness for 10 people

Subject to public health advice, the Last Step can start after the “Later of threshold being met and 23 November 2020”, e.g. there are no new cases for 14 days, across Victoria. 

  • Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors 
  • Facilities open subject to safety measures.

Covid Normal in Regional Victoria

Subject to public health advice, when there are no new cases for 28 days and no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other States and Territories

  • No restrictions on community sports or spectators.

Update Friday September 4; Victoria

As we head into the weekend, those of us in Victoria are eagerly awaiting the release on Sunday of the Victorian Government’s roadmaps for re-opening.

We have been in touch with the Victorian Government as it builds out its approach, to ensure we have communicated how important Yoga is to our physical and mental wellbeing and how significantly our members have been impacted by the Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne and the Stage 3 lockdowns across regional Victoria. In particular we have highlighted;

  • that our sector consists of a large number of small businesses, frequently sole-traders and that quite a number of you have not been eligible for the Business Support Fund
  • that our community is committed to Covid-safe practices as directed by Governments and supported by the Yoga Australia re-opening guidelines. The guidelines include recommendations around mat spacing, equipment, opening windows, breathing exercises and chanting. These guidelines can also be found on the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Sports and Health Advisory Committee, Exercise and Stay Healthy page
  • that yoga is a low-risk activity, especially when carried out within the above guidelines and it offers substantial benefits to the community, teachers and studio owners

Yoga Australia will also continue to work closely with Fitness Australia as it actively campaigns for the re-opening of gyms, health clubs, fitness centres and studios such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre.

As always, we will do our very best to update you just as soon as new information comes to hand.

Update Thursday September 3, 2020 – South Australia

Thank-you to our friends at Fitness Australia for bringing this to our attention. Following clarifications from SA Police and SA Health, they have now confirmed that water fountains are now not to be used in any capacity within South Australian fitness facilities. This includes both direct use and filling of water bottles.  We would encourage our SA teachers and studios to follow this new advice.

Update Wednesday August 19, 2020 – South Australia

Here is some further information about the COVID Safe Marshall Training. The training is free and easy to complete.  The recommended completion time is 1 hour, but this is very generous. Given that, this offers a good opportunity for your staff to complete the training to ensure full compliance and provide you with flexibility when nominating a Marshall.

Update Friday August 14, 2020 – South Australia

You may be aware there some new requirements have been introduced that will impact Yoga studios in South Australia. COVID-Safe Plans will continue to be required for defined public activities. Those with an existing COVID-Safe Plan do not need to complete a new plan. Businesses and defined public activities that do not currently have a COVID-Safe Plan must now complete a plan. The COVID-Safe Plan is available here.

The South Australia Transition Committee have also decided to introduce new directions that will require COVID Safety Marshalls to be present at all public serving businesses as of Friday the 21st of August. The intent of this new direction is to increase awareness of current COVID Safety protocols (hygiene, social distancing etc.) without affecting normal business practises. 

Requirements for COVID Marshalls will vary across all industries. Through our connections with Fitness Australia, we are aware there is more detail to come and will update you all as soon as we have further information. What we understand so far is:

  • Marshalls can be anyone over the age of 18 who completes the online training. This includes receptionists, managers, owners, trainers or even volunteers.
  • The required training will be free and easy to complete and is scheduled to be available later today via sa.gov.au
  • Marshalls must show proof of their training if/when required.
  • In most cases, the roll of the COVID Marshall can be performed by an existing staff member as an addition to their regular duties.
  • Only businesses expecting over 200 attendees within a facility at one time will be required to introduce an additional staff member for the role.
  • The COVID Safe Marshall will be the person responsible for upholding the COVID Safety plan. This includes the following duties
    • Promote and take practical steps to ensure infection control practices (e.g. frequent handwashing) are followed by people involved in the operations (patrons, employees and contractors);
    • Promote and take practical steps to ensure people participating in the operations are complying with density requirements, physical distancing principle;
    • Must ensure that all COVID Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans (where relevant) or specific polices/protocols in relation to the prevention of coronavirus are effectively implemented and monitored;
    • Ensure the environment is appropriately established and there is sufficient seating, hand washing facilities and cleaning regimes;
    • Must take reasonable steps to be visually identifiable (specifics still being determined)

For further information please see the most recent FAQ document from the South Australian Government attached.


Update Thursday August 6, 2020 – Melbourne and Victoria

Re the Melbourne Metro situation – we have nothing further for you yet on the question of whether you are able to record or stream from within your studio. The default position is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry. We know many of you have rung the hotline and there have been conflicting answers on this. The position on sole operators, in particular, is an area we are seeking clarity on. Our understanding at present, is that our industry is included in the shutdown and so we would advise as per yesterday’s update, that you prepare to record and stream from home. Here are some further links you might find helpful during these challenging weeks:

Update Wednesday August 5, 2020 – Marshals NSW

Following discussion with and feedback provided to the NSW Government, they have created a seperate category in their industry guidelines section for ‘Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities‘. There is no requirement for a Hygiene Marshal in these guidelines, however, a hygiene marshal is required at Gyms.

Update Tuesday August 4, 2020

Awaiting Clarification – live streaming/recording video from Yoga Studios in Metro Melbourne:

We know many of you in Metro Melbourne are wanting to know if you can go to your studios to record or stream your online classes once the new Stage 4 restrictions for businesses come in at midnight Wednesday August 5. We have reached out directly to the Government and are awaiting written confirmation on this. We appreciate your concerns. The uncertainty is difficult. We will update you as soon as possible…

Regional Victoria: From 11:59pm on 5 August, stage 3 restrictions will apply throughout regional Victoria. The restrictions for Mitchell shire, which was already under stage three, will remain the same. In summary this means:

 – Outdoor exercise with only one other person or members of your household

 – When you leave home you must wear a mask or face covering

 – Indoor sports centres including gyms (and Yoga Studios), training facilities and pools are closed

 – Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants, in addition to the instructor (Which we understand includes outdoor one-on-one Yoga, with social distancing in place and no shared equipment – and wearing a mask)

Metropolitan Melbourne has now entered stage four restrictions (from 6pm on Sunday 2 August). You can find out all about stage 3 and stage 4 restrictions here.

Update July 30: Regional Victoria 

Victoria has announced 723 new Covid-19 cases today. In his press conference the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, has announced some further restrictions. For our members in regional Victoria, masks will be required outside of your home. We will update you further as more details come to hand…

Update July 29, 2020 – Changes to NSW restrictions announced…

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that all gyms will now have to have a COVID-19 officer onsite including those which operate unstaffed.

Under the new rules, all gyms and fitness centres (and we understand this includes Yoga Studios) must: 

Gyms and fitness centres must take all reasonable steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Businesses who fail to be compliant will risk facing a fine or venue closure. Yoga Australia has reached out to the NSW Government for further advice and clarification and we will update you as more information becomes available. We have suggested the NSW Government updates its latest advice to include explicit reference to yoga studios, to avoid confusion.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the extra measures are necessary to stop the spread of the virus.

“Without proper COVID safeguards, they may present a transmission risk and that is why we need operators to put their customers first by registering their COVID Safety Plan,” Mr Dominello said.

“Whether it’s maintaining social distancing, cleaning equipment after use or making hand sanitiser available for customers, these dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals will play a pivotal role in keeping gyms safe and compliant.” 

You can submit or update your business COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Information on PPE for Yoga Therapists

Yoga Therapists may find the follow documents and links helpful in terms of requirements around hygiene and PPE:

It is always wise to check your local state guidance for specific requirements for businesses, you will find links in our re-opening guidance document or by visiting the Covid pages of your state government.

Breaking News: Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire going back into lockdown …

The Victorian Premier Daniels Andrews is currently holding a press conference and has announced further lockdowns in Victoria. This is understandably distressing news for those of you in Metropolitan Melbourne (and Mitchell Shire).

Victoria will reimpose stage three restrictions for six weeks in greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire in a bid to slow a rapid spread of coronavirus. These stay-at-home orders will be reimposed from midnight tomorrow night.

We will update you as soon as further information is available…

Updated July 1, 2020:

Please see below for further information for those in Victoria regarding the lockdown postcodes and a grant that is available for businesses in these suburbs.

Breaking News June 30, 2020

Queensland was due to go into Phase 3 of easing restrictions on July 10, but Phase 3 is kicking off this week, coming into effect from midday on Friday, July 3.

On Tuesday 30 June 2020, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Stage 3 Easing of Restrictions, including border changes.

Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan: 

  • indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres
  • outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing

Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule (Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan.)

For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time (Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a stay-at-home order will be imposed on several Melbourne suburbs experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases from 11.59pm tomorrow.

Postcodes for these suburbs are as follows:

  • Postcode 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens.
  • Postcode 3064: Cragieburn, Donnybrook, Kalkallo, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park.
  • Postcode 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana.
  • Postcode 3060: Fawkner.
  • Postcode 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham and West Footscray.
  • Postcode 3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong and Travancore.
  • Postcode 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale and Moreland West.
  • Postcode 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie. (Australia Post lists Niddrie North as a separate suburb in this postcode, but the Victorian government release does not.)
  • Postcode 3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans.
  • Postcode 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, and Oak Park.

“The Chief Health Officer has advised me to reimpose restrictions in line with stage 3 so they will be stay-at-home orders except for four reasons to leave your home.”

“These orders will be effective from 11:59pm tomorrow night and they will run for four weeks until 29 July. There will only be four reasons that you are permitted to leave your house and only if you really have to. For work or school, for care or care giving, for daily exercise, for food and other essentials. They are the acceptable reasons to leave but only if you need to.”
Notes:
  • Indoor sports centres including gyms (which will include Yoga Studios) training facilities and pools will be closed in those postcodes. You can find out more about the return to Stage 3 Stay at Home for those postcodes here.
  • Outdoor sport facilities will be closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor
  • From 11:59pm on 1 July, changed gathering limits apply to restricted postcodes. If you live in an impacted area, you are only allowed to exercise with one other person, or members of your household. This applies even if you leave a restricted postcode to exercise.
  • Local Lockdowns Business Support Program is offering $5,000 grants to help businesses through temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns. You can find out further information here.

Updated Monday June 28, 2020

See minor edits to links and information provided below for SA.

Updated Friday June 26, 2020

WA: Your restrictions have eased further. Phase 4 will start on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June).

Key points to consider as you decide how to manage you’re the further relaxation of restrictions and how they apply to classes and equipment are as follows:

  • Businesses will no longer be subject to a defined venue capacity limit. The number of people that a venue can accommodate will be determined by the 2 square metres per person rule.
  • All other specific restrictions on venues or activities, such as seated service at pubs and bars, have been removed.
  • All businesses are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan. (See Phase 4 template here)
  • Wellness centres that provide group fitness classes, including yoga or Pilates, must observe the 2 square metre per person rule. (So divide your studio size in square metres by 2 to work out the maximum number you are allowed. Note, you may find you do not have enough room to fit this maximum number if you space your mats 1.5m apart as recommended. See our matt spacing guide and checklists here.

Here is some further information you might find useful:

Phase 4 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap sees further easing of restrictions related to sport and recreation.

Gyms, fitness and sporting centres can now open without the requirement of supervision, however, these venues are encouraged to:

An organisation that controls or operates the premises will need to complete or update their COVID Safety Plan and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines. The business must have its COVID Safety Plan available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises.

Other organisations, including sporting organisations, may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan. 

Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation for further information around hygiene requirements.

For venues/spaces where the 2 square metre rule is an increase from local government approved capacities, the local government determination will apply.

SA: You will be moving to Step 3 from June 29.  

Social distancing requirements will be reduced to one person per two square metres. This is how you calculate the maximum number of people allowed in a space. The 1.5 distancing is still required.

Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVIDSafe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated version of their existing plan before 29 June.

Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence. Create a new plan here.

Contact tracing -Indoor fitness classes must still keep records of all attendance as per FAQ doc. Electronic methods of this are permitted (eg scan-in or online booking systems). This is also encouraged for all non-class based businesses.

Exercise Mats and other equipment – 

  • Participants should bring their own mat and towel as per the COVID Safety plan
  • Equipment should be cleaned after every individual use
  • Participants should also clean/sanitise their hands between each equipment use as per COVID Safety plan
  • It is suggested that fans not be used.

Note step 2 arrangements apply until June 29:

Classes in larger rooms can have up to 20 people if they meet a density requirement of 1 person per 7 square metres.

For smaller rooms, classes of up to 10 can be accommodated if they meet the density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres. Contact tracing forms must be kept for indoor sport and indoor fitness or recreation activities.


Updated Wednesday June 17, 2020

South Australia – Re indoor classes,  if space allows for 1 person per 4 sqm: Indoor group fitness classes remain limited to 10 people. This can be increased to 20 if space allows for 1 person per 7 sqm.

Updated Tuesday June 16, 2020

Victorian yoga studios will be finally able to reopen next week, with the Victorian Government releasing their guidelines for sport and exercise.

In Victoria, from 11:59pm on 21 June, indoor physical recreation venues, including yoga studios, can open with up to 20 people allowed per space (10 per class), subject to the four square metre rule. Participants must remain at least 1.5 metres apart. Key points:

  • There can be multiple separate ‘zones’ within large indoor spaces.
  • Cap class sizes at 10 people excluding instructors per separate zone, subject to 4 sqm per person. See our suggested mat layout for more support.
  • Have measures in place to manage the movement of people through communal areas, such as change rooms, for example staggered class or session times. See our guidelines for reopening support.

Updated Tuesday June 2, 2020

NSW has announced From Saturday, June 13, indoor fitness activities like yoga, pilates or group training sessions will be permitted, and class sizes will be capped at 20 people. 

Refer to the NSW safety plan for gyms for more info

Tasmania has also just eased their restrictions further

Effective Friday June 5 at 3.00pm, gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor. Your link here.

Queensland eases its restrictions further. More information here (Scroll down) and here

From June 1 at 12.00 noon. Gatherings of up to 20, non-contact indoor and outdoor sport, includes Yoga Studios.

NOTE: For all businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a voluntary general checklist is available to assist you in opening safely and you may also find this ‘Return to play‘ checklist useful as it details what you need to do to safely re-start your activities.  

ACT –

In line with Step 2 of the COVID Safety Australia Plan, the ACT Government has announced from 11.59pm on Friday 29 May 2020, COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT will ease further. Your link here.

Key changes include:

  • Gyms, health clubs, fitness and wellness centres (including yoga, barre, pilates and spin facilities) can reopen with up to 20 people per indoor space at one time if they can follow physical distancing.

WA – Moving to stage 3 as of June 6 

Phase 3 commences June 6. Note 4 square metre rule becomes 2 square metres. This determines how many people you can have in a space with physical distancing.

SA – 10 per class indoors from June 1, note safety plan needed.Your link here.




















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