The Victorian government has eased some COVID-19 restrictions, coming into effect at midnight on Tuesday 12 May.
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.
The following websites provide additional information:
- COVID-19 update, Parks Victoria
- Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Resource Kit
- Good hygiene for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Hand washing guidance
- Keep that cough undercover
- Self-isolation (self-quarantine) for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources