The state government's announcement of the closure of "non-essential" services has seen all indoor sporting venues and gyms shut their doors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The closures came into effect as of midday on Monday March 23, with warnings the shutdowns may last six months, or longer.
Among those impacted is the Bendigo Squash Centre which provides facilities for a sport which is played indoors.
"Please remember that this situation isn't done with yet and your centre and your club will need your help and support more than ever to make sure that we will be able to continue operations when all this is over," the centre said on its Facebook page.
Former Bendigo Squash Centre manager and current Squash Victoria general manager Russell McLean said sport was an integral part of many lives.
"It's a really scary perspective for society, because within our community, sport is part of our identity," he said.
"Not just for squash but across all codes."
However, McLean acknowledged the importance of adhering to recommendations to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Moving forward he said we needed to think creatively on how to keep people engaged in sports.
"We have to find other ways to engage our sporting community," McLean said.
"We can use technology as a way for people to still remain connected with the sport they're involved with."
From a squash perspective, McLean had envisioned getting some of the state's key players involved, with the potential to utilise social media.
"We could use representatives and sporting champions from Victoria to do some interviews on social media and other little individual games that players can do such as having a hit against the garage wall," he said.
"If people sit on the couch and don't remain active during the next six months, it then raises concerns for a whole other problem."
Gyms in Bendigo have also shut their doors, in addition to swimming pools, the Bendigo Stadium and an array of other facilities.
The City of Greater Bendigo has shut down its pools and indoor sports centres to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in line with the latest rules from the Victorian government.
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