Reduced Victorian Government COVID-19 Restrictions - Advice to Bushwalkers [709] | Blog

The Victorian government has eased some COVID-19 restrictions, coming into effect at midnight on Tuesday 12 May.

COVID 19

You are now allowed to go bushwalking, however, you must comply with COVID-19 restrictions including:

  • maintaining social distancing of 1.5m while bushwalking and when in transit
  • maintaining appropriate personal hygiene
  • maximum group size of ten
  • overnight camping is not allowed (only day trips are permitted).

Full details are available here https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria

Some national parks will be open - check park status before going on a trip.

The advice below is provided to help bushwalkers manage risks associated with COVID-19 based on the current restrictions.

Advice for trip planning

  • There is no restriction on how far you can travel within the state.
  • Only day walks are allowed.
  • Check with the relevant Land Manager that the area you are wanting to walk in is open.
  • While it may be tempting to undertake challenging activities allow time for walk participants to regain their fitness.
  • It is advisable not to carpool - it is difficult to maintain social distance inside a car.
  • Select walking routes so that social distance of 1.5m can be maintained while walking within the group and from other walkers.

Advice for walkers

  • If you are in a high-risk category consider carefully if you wish to be exposed to infection risks from others, even outdoors and with special measures in place.  Some people may have an asymptomatic infection.
  • Stay at home if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have had contact with someone suspected to be infected with COVID-19.  
  • Maintain social distanced of 1.5m at all times.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Scale back ambition - undertake activities well within your ability to reduce the small risk of an accident, which would put emergency services at risk of transmission if a rescue is needed.
  • Assume the virus is resilient outdoors, in particular, maintain hand hygiene. Avoid touching shared surfaces and wear gloves. Use alcohol gel/wipes after contacting any surfaces (e.g. gates, fences or benches). 
  • Do not share personal items on a walk.
  • On a walk, respect other users and take turns to move through any narrow sections of track.

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