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COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria are changing. Here is the information for your state, including Regional and Metropolitan areas.

 

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Metropolitan Melbourne

Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except Little River), Yarra, Yarra Ranges.

If outside these areas, refer to the regional information.

Summary of restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home, and there is no stay-at-home curfew, but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel within metropolitan Melbourne.
    • Travel into regional Victoria is still restricted to limited reasons including shopping for essential items, care and other compassionate reasons, authorised work, and permitted study.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over, except if a lawful exception applies.
    • In addition, face masks are required for students in Year 3 to Year 6 when indoors at school, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria App, no matter how long you spend at that location.
  • You will need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter some venues. To make things easier, get your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and link it to the Service Victoria App. People with valid medical exceptions issued by an authorised medical practitioner and children aged under 16 are excepted.
  • You can only enter regional Victoria to get a COVID-19 vaccination if it is in a Local Government Area next to where you live.

Social gatherings

  • Up to 10 people can visit your home per day (including dependants). We strongly recommend that people visiting your home who are aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 15 people. We strongly recommend that the people aged 12 and over who you are gathering with are fully vaccinated.
    • A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.

Work, education and childcare

  • You no longer require a permit to attend work – but if you can work from home, you must work from home.
  • Early childhood education and care is open to children of fully vaccinated parents, children of single parents, children of parents who were previously authorised workers during lockdown, and vulnerable children. 
  • All school students can return for on-site learning. Some years will return five days a week, and other years will return part time. See the schools roadmap for more information.
  • Adult education students can only attend on-site for permitted exams or hands-on, skills-based learning.

Religion and ceremony

  • Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals can go ahead in metropolitan Melbourne with a cap of 50 people outdoors or 20 people indoors (and density limits of 1 person per 4 sqm) if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, attendance is limited to 20 people outdoors or 10 people indoors (and density limits of 1 person per 4 sqm).
    • Attendance limits at weddings include the two witnesses. The couple, a celebrant and a photographer can be present in addition to the attendance cap. Dancefloors are closed. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
    • Attendance limits at funerals don’t include the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply

Sport and recreation

  • Outdoor community sport is open for training only (no competition and no spectators), with the minimum number of people required for the training.
  • Outdoor physical recreation and sporting facilities are open for 50 people with density limits if everyone present is fully vaccinated. Indoor physical recreation is closed.
  • Outdoor swimming pools, spas and springs can open with density limits and cap of 50 people if everyone present is fully vaccinated. These facilities are closed indoors (with exceptions for hydrotherapy for essential medical care).
  • Change rooms are closed for use, but toilets are open.
  • Outdoor playgrounds are open.

Retail, services and community

  • Essential retail (such as a supermarket) remains open.
  • Other retail (such as clothes shop) can open for outdoor service only, plus contactless click and collect/delivery.
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open with density limits and a cap of 5 patrons, if everyone present is fully vaccinated. Workers and customers must wear masks.
  • Auctions can take place outdoors with density limits and a cap of 50 people if everyone present – workers and patrons - is fully vaccinated.
  • A single household can inspect a vacated property (with agent outdoors) for end of lease purposes.
  • Community facilities (e.g. libraries) can open with density limits and a cap of 50 people if everyone present – workers and patrons - is fully vaccinated.
    • Community facilities can also open for click and collect, and for groups of 10 (without the need for checking a person’s vaccination status) for essential support.

Entertainment, dining and hospitality

  • Food and drink facilities such as cafes and restaurants can open for seated service if everyone present (workers and patrons) is fully vaccinated.
    • Caps of up to 50 people outdoors and 20 people indoors apply, plus density limits.
    • This includes pubs and bars that are operating as food and drink facilities.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, the food and drink facility can only open for takeaway.
    • Food courts can only open for takeaway.
  • Nightclubs, karaoke facilities and bars that are not operating as seated food and drink facilities are closed.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues and amusement parks are open with density limits and a cap of 50 people if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • Indoor entertainment venues (e.g. cinemas) are closed.
  • Accommodation is open for everyone in a household and up to 10 additional people (including dependents), but remember, travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria remains limited to permitted reasons
  • Tours can take place outdoors with density limits and a cap of 50 people if everyone present is fully vaccinated.Tour transport is closed.

Regional Victoria

This information applies to regional Victoria:

If in metropolitan Melbourne, refer to the metropolitan Melbourne pages.

Summary of restrictions in regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • There are no limits on the distance you can travel within regional Victoria
    • Travel into metropolitan Melbourne is still restricted for limited reasons including shopping for essential items, care and other compassionate reasons, and authorised work and permitted study.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over, except if a lawful exception applies.
    • Face masks are required for students in Year 3 and above when indoors at school, except if a lawful exception applies.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria App, no matter how long you spend at that location.
  • You will need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter some venues. To make things easier, get your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and link it to the Service Victoria App. People with valid medical exceptions and children aged under 16 are excepted.
  • You can only enter metropolitan Melbourne to get a COVID-19 vaccination if it is in a Local Government Area next to where you live.

Social gatherings, regional

  • Up to 10 people can visit your home per day (including dependants). We strongly recommend that people visiting your home who are aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 20 people, including dependants. We strongly recommend that the people aged 12 and over who you are gathering with are fully vaccinated.
    • A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard at home.

Work, education and childcare, regional

  • Work from home if you can. Offices can open with density limits, capped at 25 per cent capacity or 10 people (whichever is greater)
  • Schools and early childhood education and care are open to all regional Victorian children – plus metropolitan Melbourne children who were attending prior to 21 October. See the schools roadmap for more information.
  • Adult education students can only attend on-site for permitted exams or hands-on, skills-based learning.

Religion and ceremony, regional

  • Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals can go ahead in regional Victoria with a cap of 100 fully vaccinated people outdoors and density limits of 1 person per 2 sqm, or 30 fully vaccinated people indoors and density limits of 1 person per 4 sqm. Attendance limits don't include infants under 12 months of age.
    • If vaccination status is not being checked, attendance is limited to 20 people outdoors or 10 people indoors (and density limits of 1 person per 4 sqm).
    • Attendance limits at weddings include the two witnesses. The couple, a celebrant and a photographer can be present in addition to the attendance cap. Dancefloors are closed. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
    • Attendance limits at funerals don’t include the people required to conduct the funeral. If a funeral is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.

Sport and recreation, regional

  • Community sport is open indoors and outdoors for training only (no competition), with the minimum number of people required for the training.
  • Physical recreation facilities (such as gyms) and community recreation facilities can open with density limits and up to 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 20 applies.
  • Swimming pools, spas and saunas can open with density limits and cap of 150 people outdoors and 30 people indoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • Change rooms are open 
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 20 people applies.
  • Outdoor playgrounds are open.

Retail, services and community, regional

  • All retail is open with density limits. Make sure you wear a mask. You can’t remove your mask to eat or drink inside retail areas unless you work there.
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services can open with density limits and a cap of 30, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 10 people applies.
    • Masks can be removed by patrons for the service.
    • In home services are permitted.
  • Auctions and private inspections can take place with density limits and a cap of 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 10 people applies.
  • Community facilities including libraries, and creative studios, can open with density limits and a cap of 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated..
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, a cap of 20 people applies.

Entertainment, dining and hospitality, regional

  • Food and drink facilities such as cafes and restaurants can open for seated service if everyone present (workers and patrons) is fully vaccinated. This includes pubs and bars that are operating as food and drink facilities.
    • Caps of up to 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors apply, plus density limits.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, caps of up to 10 people indoors and 30 people outdoors apply, plus density limits.
    • Food courts can only open for takeaway.
  • Nightclubs, karaoke facilities, arcades and bingo can open for seated service with density limits and a cap of 30 people indoors and 100 people outdoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, these venues can’t operate.
  • Entertainment venues and amusement parks are open with density limits and a cap of 30 people indoors and 300 people outdoors if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, stricter limits apply.
  • Electronic gaming venues are open indoors with density limits and a cap of 30 people if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
    • If vaccination status isn’t being checked, density limits and a cap of 10 applies.
  • Accommodation is open for everyone in a household and up to 10 additional people (including dependents over 12 months of age), but remember, travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria remains limited to permitted reasons.
  • Tours and tour transport can take place with density limits and with a cap of 30 people for indoor tours and 100 people for outdoor tours, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.

Update: Isolation protocols

Updated isolation protocols will be in place for new and existing close contacts who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and who don’t live in the same house as someone who has COVID-19.

A close contact is a person who has come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 (such as at work or a public exposure site) and has to quarantine.

Under the new protocols, non-household primary close contacts who are fully vaccinated will only need to quarantine for 7 days, instead of 14. To be released, they will need to return negative test results from a test taken on day 6 of their quarantine.

Household and/or unvaccinated PCCs will still be required to isolate for 14 days. This includes children and people who have a medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, due to the high risk of transmission in households

Process for new primary close contacts

People who are identified as close contacts after 11:59pm tonight will receive an interactive SMS to determine their eligibility for the reduced 7 day quarantine. Verification and audit measures will be in place, including checking against immunisation records.

If the contact is eligible for the 7 day quarantine period, they will be informed of their quarantine length and sent a subsequent test reminder by SMS to get tested on day 6. If a negative test result is received from a test taken on day 6, the contact can leave quarantine from 11:59pm on day 7 of their quarantine period.

Process for existing primary close contacts

The Department will tomorrow send an SMS to approximately 23,000 existing primary close contacts who we determine may be eligible for reduced quarantine. The SMS will ask if you are fully vaccinated and if you live with a confirmed case. Should a response to the message not be received, you may receive a phone call to verify.

The SMS will advise contacts of their reduced quarantine period and new day 6 testing requirements. It will state:

“You must have a negative test result on day 6 of your quarantine period to be able to finish quarantine. Once you receive your negative test result you can stop quarantining at 11:59pm on your day 7. If you are already past day 6 of your quarantine period, you can get tested immediately and will be free to leave quarantine as soon as you get your negative test result.”

When relevant Chief Health Officer Directions come into place at 11:59pm, this information will be published online at What to do if you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19.


Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan

For information on Victoria's  Roadmap and summary of proposed restriction levels visit Victoria's Roadmap.


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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