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See current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria for living and working, dining and shopping, using services, seeing others, getting active and more.


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Key Changes
Staying COVIDSafe
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Key Changes

From 6 pm Friday 18th February 2022:

  • Checking-in is no longer required at retail venues, schools, childcare and many workplaces where there is no vaccination requirement
  • Density limits removed at hospitality and entertainment venues
  • International arrivals permit no longer required to enter Victoria
  • International arrivals are only required to quarantine for 7 days
  • Indoor dancefloors permitted

Staying COVIDSafe

There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • Face masks are required indoors (except at home) for everyone aged 8 and above at all times unless an exception applies.
    • We strongly recommend that you wear a face mask outdoors if you can’t physically distance, have any symptoms, or with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • Carry a mask when leaving home. Read the Face masks page for information about where masks are required.
  • Get your next COVID-19 vaccine dose as soon as you are eligible. Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you haven’t had at least two doses of the vaccine, you’re at a much higher risk of becoming seriously ill or going to the hospital. It’s strongly recommended you have three doses of the vaccine for the best protection. Book an appointment today.
  • Testing and isolation protocols have changed:
    • If you have COVID-19, or you are a contact of someone who does, read Your COVID Checklist for what to do. You must follow your checklist.
    • If you have symptoms or are a household (or household-like) contact of someone with COVID-19, you must get tested.
    • Most people should use a rapid antigen test as their first option to get tested. If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result and isolate, because you are a case.
  • You can reduce risks by maintaining a 1.5-metre distance from others where possible, using a hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene.
  • Ventilation and air filtration help. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.
  • Remember to check in where required using the Service Victoria app.

Current COVIDSafe Settings

Vaccination requirements

Many venues can only open for people (including workers) who have had at least two doses of the vaccine or are excepted.

Vaccination requirements apply to everyone aged 18 years or over unless you have a valid medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner.

People under the age of 18 years are considered vaccinated for the purposes of accessing the vaccinated economy.

Vaccination requirements are different for workers. Select workers in critical industries are required to have the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by a certain date. Visit Worker vaccination requirements for more information.

Going out

Venues you can attend if you have had at least two doses of the vaccine include:

  • hospitality venues (e.g. bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafés)
  • entertainment venues (e.g. cinemas, zoos, museums, live music venues)
  • tourism venues (e.g. walking tours, buses)
  • casino/gaming venues and adult entertainment venues.

You can also attend public events where vaccination is required.

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements for a venue or public event, you can’t enter the venue or go to the public event. Vaccination requirements don’t apply to food and drink venues operating for takeaway only.

You no longer need to check in at retail, schools including early childhood education and childcare and many workplaces where there is no vaccination requirement.

At major events with 30,000 or more patrons, face masks are also required indoors and outdoors - but you aren’t required to wear a mask while seated outdoors.

Getting active

If you have at least two doses of the vaccine, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g. sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools), and sporting events.

If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.

Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people involved in community sport (e.g. a local footy match) or people using swimming pools for essential medical care like hydrotherapy.

Getting goods and services

There are no vaccination requirements to:

  • attend real estate inspections and auctions, or
  • enter retail stores, except for a hairdresser or beauty therapy premises.

If vaccination status isn’t being checked, community facilities can host essential public support groups, support services and health services with limited numbers.

Seeing others

There are no limits to the number of people you can gather within your home or in public places (e.g. a park or a beach). We recommend social gatherings outdoors to reduce risks.

We strongly recommend that everyone who you are gathering with at your home or in a public place has had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. For the best protection, get your third dose today.

Weddings, funerals and worship

There are no vaccination requirements or capacity limits in place for weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies.

If the wedding or ceremony is being held in a venue that has vaccination requirements, such as hospitality settings, community facilities, or entertainment venues, then you must follow that venue’s vaccination requirements.

Work, education and childcare

Victorians are encouraged to work from home if possible.

Workplaces are open, but you must have had at least two doses of the vaccine if:

  • you are working somewhere that’s only open for twice dosed people (e.g. a restaurant)
  • if you are a worker or volunteer who is required to be vaccinated if working outside the home.

Schools and childcare

Schools, childcare centres and early childhood education are open to all ages.

As part of the back to school plan, the Victorian Government strongly recommend:

  • Mainstream primary and secondary staff and students: twice-a-week rapid antigen testing on school days
  • Specialist school staff and students: daily rapid antigen testing on school days.

Schools will make rapid antigen tests available for collection by parents/carers from the start of Term 1. The initial distribution will be limited to one pack per student. Testing will be conducted at home, and students and staff must report any positive result. There is no requirement to report a negative result.

Masks must be worn indoors at primary schools by all staff, visitors and students in Grade 3 to 6.

If you have had at least two doses of the vaccine, or have a valid medical exemption, you can attend adult education facilities (e.g. university, TAFE). If you have not had at least two doses of the vaccine, you can’t enter unless it cannot be taught online or it involves secondary school subjects. All staff working onsite at a higher education facility must have had at least two doses of the vaccine.

Travel

There are no limits on travel or accommodation within Victoria.

We strongly recommend that people staying in accommodation venues in Victoria (e.g. hotels, Airbnb) have had at least two doses of the vaccine.

Vaccination requirements still apply to relevant settings within an accommodation complex, such as a restaurant or a gym.

There are no restrictions on leaving Victoria but travel may be impacted by rules at your destination. Check before you book.

If you are entering Victoria from overseas, visit the information for overseas travellers page to see your requirements.

High-risk settings

There are limits and restrictions on attending high-risk settings, such as hospitals, even if you’ve had at least two doses of the vaccine.

See Visiting hospitals and Visiting care facilities below for more information.

Visiting Hospitals

Hospital visitors must be fully vaccinated or show evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken on the day of the visit.

All visitors aged 8 and over must wear a face mask indoors unless excepted.

Hospital visitors (aged 18 and over) who are not fully vaccinated must specifically wear an N95 respirator face mask for the duration of their visit.

Entry requirements are in place for all hospital visitors. You may be exempt from these vaccination and testing requirements if you are:

  • a person visiting for the purpose of end-of-life support to a hospital patient
  • an essential carer of a patient, when undertaking a rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to entry is not practicable
  • able to provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 24 hours of visiting the hospital
  • providing professional patient care as an emergency, healthcare, or an ambulance worker
  • a person with physical or mental health illness, disability or condition which makes both vaccination and testing unsuitable.

You can visit a patient at a public, private, or denominational hospital, day procedure or multi-purpose health services centre:

  • if it is an end-of-life visit
  • if the patient is ill with a life-threatening condition
  • to provide essential care and support necessary for the patient’s emotional and physical wellbeing
  • if the patient is under 18 and you are the patient's parent or guardian
  • if the patient has a mental illness or is living with dementia and you are their nominated person
  • if you are required to provide interpreter services
  • if you are required to support the patient upon their discharge
  • if the patient is pregnant or giving birth and you are their partner
  • if you are accompanying the patient to the emergency department, or
  • if you are accompanying the patient to an outpatient appointment.

Each patient can have up to two visitors at a time unless the dependants of a visitor (or patient in hospital) are in the visitor group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

You must not visit a hospital to see patients if you:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the previous 7 days if fully vaccinated and not a close contact, or in the previous 14 days if not fully vaccinated or a close contact
  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • are under 16 unless you're providing end-of-life support.

A "close contact" is someone who has spent more than 4 hours in a home, accommodation premises or care facility with someone who has COVID-19.

You should contact the hospital before visiting as they may have additional requirements, conditions, or restrictions for visitors. This information may also be found on their website.

Visiting Care facilities

Residents at care facilities can have up to five visitors per day if the visitors show evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken on the day of the visit.

If rapid antigen tests cannot be obtained, the resident may have up to two visitors a day.

You must wear a face mask unless a medical exemption applies.

You may be exempt from entry requirements if you are:

  • a person visiting for the purpose of end-of-life support
  • an essential carer of a resident or a person nominated by the director of the care facility where undertaking a rapid antigen test is not practicable
  • providing professional patient care as an emergency, healthcare, or an ambulance worker
  • able to provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 24 hours of visiting.

Visitors must sign a declaration upon entry to state that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the past 7 days if fully vaccinated and if not a household contact, or the last 14 days if not fully vaccinated or if a household contact.

You must not visit a care facility to see patients if you:

  • tested positive for COVID-19
  • are a household contact
  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Care facilities include residential aged care facilities, alcohol and drug residential services, homelessness residential services, disability residential services including Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Services (DFATS), eligible Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) enrolled dwelling, secure welfare services, short-term accommodation and assistance dwellings, Supported Residential Services (SRS) and the Thomas Embling Hospital.


24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVIDSafe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8 pm to 8 am.

Call 1800 675 398


Go to Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19) for all the Victorian Health Department resources for people with disabilities. 

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