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What’s open in Melbourne: pools, parks, yoga class and more

With the easing of restrictions on sport, you can leave the confines of your home to exercise. That can mean going for a walk in a public garden, riding a bike on a riverside trail, joining a tai chi class or practising yoga. Always remembering to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, of course.

Outdoor reopenings

Parks and gardens

You can join in outdoor group sport and exercise activities with up to 20 fellow fresh-air fiends in a park or public playground. Competitive or contact sports aren’t allowed, though. As always, maintaining social distancing is key, and it’s a good idea to use your own sporting equipment if at all possible.

You can also warm up for your jog or have a full-on workout using a park’s outdoor gym equipment. So get out there and do those press-ups and pull-ups, squats and chin-ups, lunges and dips, step-ups and leg-raises. A maximum of 20 people at any one time applies.

The 1 June loosening of restrictions also means that local sporting clubs with COVID-19 Return to Play Plans in place can now head back to their sporting fields. And of course, you can kick a footy around one of the city’s parklands – you’re spoiled for choice.

Tree-lined Carlton Gardens lawn and Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens

Get your skates on

It’s time to go for a SK8, with Riverslide Skate Park in Alexandra Gardens and the Kensington Skate Park in JJ Holland Park now open. Although programming, lessons and competitions are still suspended, up to 20 skaters can get in there and pop an ollie.

In the swim

The big news is that Kensington Community Recreation Centre is now open for limited lap swimming. The centre reopened on Thursday 4 June, and offers 45-minute swimming slots. Bookings are essential as, due to physical distancing, numbers are limited to two swimmers per pool lane.

The centre’s showers and change rooms remain closed, and other aquatic programs, swimming and gym areas won’t open until later in June (more on that later).

Get running

Running tours are back, and they’re a great way to start the day or see the city from a different angle. Get up early to join the 7am Yarra Sunrise Tour with Running Tours, or blow your good intentions out of the water with their Coffee & Donuts Tour at 10am. You can also explore Melbourne’s hidden nooks on the Laneways Discovery Tour, with a choice of 7am and 9am departures.

Of course, nothing beats a walk with a friend and a coffee at the beginning, middle or end of your stroll. For ideas near Carlton Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Birrarung Marr and the Royal Botanic Gardens check out our guide on where to get coffee before your next garden walk.

Indoor options

Zoom yoga, YouTube Pilates, online workouts… Exercising at home has become so much easier in the past few months, and it could be here to stay.

To keep your body moving, try the Pilates and fitness workouts shared on Kaya Health’s Kaya @ Home program. Fill your lunch break with a free virtual movement class live streamed from Collins Square. And if you’ve ever wanted to discover your inner Pavlova, learn to pirouette with the Australian Ballet’s online classes, At Home with Studios.

For more incentives to roll out your exercise mat in the lounge room, read the online fitness classes to try at home blog.

Person stretching in a yoga pose

Stretch and stream your way to wellness

More June reopenings

The loosening of restrictions will continue in late June with Melbourne City Baths, North Melbourne Recreation Centre and Carlton Baths reopening their doors to the public. Along with the Kensington Community Recreation Centre, on Monday 22 June these indoor sports and recreation centres will open to up to 20 people per separate enclosed space, keeping in mind the one person per four square metre rule. Up to 10 people per group or activity (not including the instructor) will be allowed, but competitive sports will remain excluded. And those showers and change rooms will also remain closed.

Gyms can also reopen from 22 June, and groups of up to 10 people will be able to practise tai chi or yoga in an inside venue, keeping 1.5 metres apart. Martial arts such as judo, karate and taekwondo will also be able to be practised indoors, as long as the sessions aren’t competitive. So you can hang out in the city, literally, when Little Mandarin yoga reopens from 22 June. Check out how they’ll be operating to ensure a super safe workout.

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions and reopenings, keep an eye on Vic Gov’s sport and exercise guidelines.