The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has urged the Andrews Labor Government to support regional sporting clubs by removing the 1000-person crowd restriction at local outdoor sporting venues in 2021.
The capacity limit at sporting events has been imposed by the State Government because of recent COVID outbreaks in the hotel quarantine program. Speaking in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said it was unfair that country sporting clubs are burdened with limits that will restrict revenue and place additional pressure on club volunteers.
Ms Lovell said the number of COVID positive cases in regional Victoria is extremely low compared to metropolitan Melbourne, with some areas not recording a single positive case throughout the entire pandemic.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell raised the impact of the crowd limit on country football and netball leagues during the upcoming season, with games played outside with plenty of room to accommodate crowds of more than 1000 while still maintaining social distancing rules.
Ms Lovell said the 1000 people crowd rule will also put Victorian clubs at a disadvantage to NSW clubs in leagues that contain clubs from both sides of the border with larger crowds in NSW allowing greater gate takings and better fundraising opportunities.
Ms Lovell called on Premier Daniel Andrews to remove the 1000-person crowd limit as a matter of urgency.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Daniel Andrews’ disproportionate lockdowns have been imposed on all Victorians, no matter their postcode and now country sporting clubs have been imposed with a ridiculous 1000-person crowd restriction at their games.
“Rural communities that have had little or no cases of COVID-19 should not be lumped in with metro Melbourne and the State Government needs to remove these capacity limits to support grass-roots sporting clubs throughout regional Victoria.”
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