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Victorian rules are changing. We outline the latest information for you as Stage 4 Circuit-breaker restrictions end on Wednesday 17 February at 11:59 pm.


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From Thursday 18 February 2021, Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

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New rules - COVIDSAFE SUMMER

From 11:59 PM Friday 26 February 2021, the following restrictions apply:

Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.

Public gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather outdoors in public spaces from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.

Visitors to the home: People may have 30 people in their home and outdoor gatherings can increase to 100 people

Note: Cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions. The Density Quotient (DQ) applies to all venues and spaces that are accessible to the public (and in closed workplaces, to shared spaces such as lunchrooms).


Face masks

Face masks: Must be carried at all times but masks will be only be required on public transport, in ride-share vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores, indoor markets.
Any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, must wear a face covering if leaving home/accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care.


See Special conditions for not wearing a face mask


Education and childcare

Childcare and early education: Open.

Schools: Open.

Adult education: Open with no density quotient required in classroom settings.


Work

Workers may attend onsite as required. On-site office work capped at no more than 75 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).

All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.


Eating and drinking out

Hospitality: Density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor hospitality venues. Up to 25 patrons are permitted in a venue before the density quotient applies. No requirement for seated service. Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people. All venues are required to use electronic record-keeping when applying the density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. Indoor venues not using electronic record keeping, a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies.

Food courts: Indoor and outdoor food courts open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. No patron cap for indoor food courts.


Exercise and recreation

Indoor physical recreation and community sport: A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies to each space. Gym and exercise classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class). COVID Marshals required when gyms are staffed. At times when gyms are unstaffed, a density quotient of 1 per 8 sqm applies. Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons, and record keeping is required and venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Outdoor physical recreation and community sport: Up to a maximum of 100 patrons for outdoor fitness classes (excluding anyone necessary for running the class) with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm. Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs: Indoor venues open with a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm. Outdoor pools open with a density quotient of 1 per 2 sqm. Record keeping is required.

Note: Cleaning, signage and record-keeping requirements and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for many venues and facilities. A density quotient applies to all indoor venues and spaces, except for workplaces that are not accessible to the public, private residences, and areas of accommodation facilities that are for the exclusive use of a single group.


Ceremonies and special occasions

Weddings: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. For weddings held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 5 people applies.

Funerals: No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. . For a funeral held at a private residence, the private gathering limit of 5 people applies.

Ceremonies and religious gatherings: Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies. Venues using the density quotient of 1 per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies can occur at the same time.


Community venues, including libraries and toy libraries

Community venues and facilities including libraries and toy libraries: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to the use of electronic record keeping. If not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.

Creative arts facilities: No patron caps with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to the use of electronic record keeping.Real estate•Real estate: Inspections and auctions operating with a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm, subject to the use of electronic record keeping. If not using electronic record keeping a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies.


Entertainment facilities

Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors): Open, for indoor spaces the patron cap is 50% of seated capacity for a maximum of 300 per space. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. For outdoor spaces, the patron cap is 75% of seated capacity. Arrangements for capacity over 1000 are determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.

Cinemas: 50% of seated capacity to a maximum of 300 per indoor space. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm for foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping, otherwise density quotient of 1 per 4sqm.

Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries): Open, up to 50 per cent total capacity with maximum patron cap of 300 people per space. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Over 300 patrons must operate under the Public Events Framework.

Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as Zoos, live museums): Open, patron cap is 75 per cent of occupancy limit. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Group limits removed. Indoor spaces at outdoor venues open, subject to restrictions relevant to space (e.g. hospitality or retail). Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Venues over 1000 must operate under the Public Events Framework.

Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres: Open, no maximum patron caps and a density quotient of 1 per 2sqm apply when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies.

Drive-in cinemas: Open, in areas outside of vehicles density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Amusement parks: Open, up to 75 per cent of venue capacity. Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm applies indoors. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm applies outdoors when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Venues with a capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.

Gaming: Open, with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm, every second machine turned off, and no seated service requirement. Electronic record-keeping required.

Adult entertainment: Brothels and sex on premises venues open, with a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm and a patron cap of 100. Electronic record-keeping required. Strip club venues open, with a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm and no seated service requirement.

Nightclubs: Open, standing service permitted. Density quotient of 1 per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people. Density quotient of 1 per 2sqm elsewhere in the venue, with no maximum.

Shopping, hairdressing and personal care

Retail: (e.g. supermarkets, other retail) Density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm, with record-keeping where practicable.

Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services: Density quotient of 1 person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record a density quotient of 1 per 4 sqm applies. Face masks required but can be removed if necessary for beauty services.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation: Bookings restricted to the private gathering limit. The person or household booking the accommodation can have up to 5 visitors.

Tourism spaces and groups: No patron cap on tour groups. Masks must be worn on tour transport.

Intrastate travel: Allowed.

Interstate travel: Continued international border controls. State border controls activated in case of outbreaks.

Care facilities and hospitals

Visitors: One household may visit a patient once per day. Exceptions continue to apply. Symptomatic individuals (e.g. sore throat), close contacts and returned international travellers excluded from visiting.


The above information is taken from 

Full list of restrictions [PDF]


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