COVID-19 Update – Stadium To Close Again Due To Stage 3 Lockdown

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Dandenong Stadium has unfortunately been forced to close down once again after the Victorian Government re-introduced Stage 3 Lockdown restrictions yesterday.

While this is very disappointing news for the DBA community we acknowledge that this is the best course of action to protect the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.

This decision has a number of consequences for Basketball Victoria programs and competitions as well, please see the below statement from our governing body for more information on VJBL, BigV and more:

Basketball Victoria acknowledges the Victorian Government’s announcement today (July 7) of increased COVID-19 restrictions (return to Stage 3) for Metropolitan Melbourne (plus Mitchell Shire) from 11.59pm July 8 for a period of six weeks (August 20).

While this announcement is disappointing for the return of community basketball for a large percentage of the Victorian population, the health and safety of the community is the most important focus for us all at the moment. We must play our part to help curb the spread.

Please visit DHHS for the Premier’s statement on COVID-19 – Stage 3 restrictions.

Summary of Current Restrictions for Basketball (please refer to the Basketball Victoria Return to Sport Guidelines):


Metropolitan Melbourne LGAs and Suburbs
(plus Mitchell Shire – includes Wallan, Seymour and Broadford associations)

ALL ASSOCIATIONS and DOMICILE PARTICIPANTS:
July 9 to August 20 – Reactivation Status = RED – 0

 


REGIONAL VICTORIA
ALL ASSOCIATIONS and DOMICILE PARTICIPANTS 

(not including Mitchell Shire – Wallan, Seymour and Broadford associations and domicile participants)

18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER: Current Reactivation Status = ORANGE – 50

Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Current Reactivation Status = Orange-20

Non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Mid July – Reactivation Status TBC = ORANGE 20/50

Full contact training for both indoor and outdoor) from July 13 (to be confirmed by DHHS)

Resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor from July 20 (to be confirmed by DHHS)

We have made contact with DHHS this evening and hope to have an update on these dates soon.


To find your Region / LGA please visit – https://knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au/councils

To reiterate the instruction from the Victorian Government, you cannot leave the restricted areas for exercise or recreation.

VJBL

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2019/2020 VJBL Championship Season. Further details for associations and the 2020/2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

Big V

With the re-introduction of Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, we unfortunately have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 Big V Season. Further details for associations and the 2021 season plan will follow in the near future.

CBL

At this stage we anticipate the CBL 2020/21 season will be able to go ahead without alteration, but we will update the community if any changes to the league need to occur.

All team nominations must be submitted by Monday 3 August 2020. To enter your association in the 2020/21 CBL competition, please click the link and fill in the CBL Entry Form. For further information, please contact CBL Manager – Sammy Cartwright  – Sammy.cartwright@bvcc.net.au.

While we may have geographical challenges, working together to keep our community engaged while managing the return to basketball in a timely, yet safe and controlled manner is critical. Please continue to follow Victorian Government directives, maintain increased hygiene practices as well as adequate social distancing measures, as this will aid in the ongoing health and safety of our community.

We will continue to update you on these matters as soon as often as possible.


Return to Sport Update –  As of July 6

The Victorian Governments announcement on Tuesday 30 June for particular suburbs (postcodes) to revert back to Stage 3 restrictions (due to COVID-19 localised ‘hotspots’) has an impact on domestic basketball in those areas.

From 11.59pm 1 July to 29 July, associations who have facilities, clubs and participants who reside in the suburbs below unfortunately will not be able to conduct basketball activity (Return to Red-0 in Basketball Victoria’s – Return to Sport Guidelines):

  • This has been updated to 12 restricted postcodes:3012 – includes: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
    3021 – includes: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
    3031 – includes: Kensington, Flemington
    3032 – includes: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
    3038 – includes: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
    3042 – includes: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North
    3046 – includes: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
    3047 – includes: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
    3051 – includes: North Melbourne, Hotham Hill
    3055 – includes: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
    3060 – includes: Fawkner
    3064 – includes: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo.

While we understand this will be a bitter blow to those affected, we ask the basketball community in these areas to observe the Victorian Government restrictions and only leave your home for work or school, care or caregiving, daily exercise and food shopping.

Hopefully with everyone’s vigilance, we will see a reduction in cases across these areas and the rest of Victoria in the coming days and weeks, and everyone will have the opportunity to return to group trainings and competitions.

In the meantime, we will continue to support the affected associations during this period and ensure they are ready to return when safe to do so.

The rest of Victoria is still at Orange-50 for Indoor Training and Competition for those 18 years and under, and Orange-20 (non contact) Indoor / Outdoor Training for those 19 years and over. Subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults (19 years and over) can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July – as per DHHS.


Summary of Current Restrictions:

FOR THOSE AFFECTED SUBURBS AS ABOVE

ALL AGES: July 2 until July 29 – Reactivation Status = RED – 0

FOR THE REMAINDER OF VICTORIA

FOR 18 YEARS OLD AND UNDER: Current Reactivation Status = ORANGE – 50

  • Full contact training and competition for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Current Reactivation Status = Orange-20

  • Non-contact training for both indoor and outdoor is currently possible

FOR 19 YEARS OLD AND OVER: Mid July – Reactivation Status TBC = ORANGE 20/50

  • Full contact training for both indoor and outdoor) from July 13 (to be confirmed by DHHS)
  • Resumption of competition both indoor and outdoor from July 20 (to be confirmed by DHHS)

VJBL

While our focus continues to be on a return to local participation, we also understand that there is ongoing interest in the VJBL. At this stage, due to the impacts of the lockdown zones we have decided that the VJBL season cannot commence from July 17. We believe that the VJBL is an important junior representative league for thousands of Victorians; hence we are currently working through a number of options for a potential competition resumption. We aim to provide more certainty about the VJBL in the coming days.

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