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The Victorian Government has a plan for how it will reopen and take steps towards COVID Normal. It is called the Roadmap for reopening. It outlines what can and cannot be done when you are out of your home.

The current State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59 pm 29 January 2021. From 5:59 pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.

State of Emergency

The State of Emergency that has been extended through to 29 January 2021, allows for the Chief Health Officer's directions to remain in force.

Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions

The purpose of these directions is to replace the New South Wales and Queensland Border Crossing Scheme Directions and create a new 'traffic light' border crossing scheme for persons seeking to enter Victoria from other States and the Territories, in order to limit the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

These Permit Directions came into force at 5.59 pm on 11 January 2021 and replace the NSW South Wales and Queensland Border Crossing Scheme Directions

Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions (PDF)

Travel from NSW to Victoria

  • The border with NSW remains closed
  • NSW has been designated as a Red Zone
  • Victorians visiting NSW cannot return to Victoria unless an exception (eg. resident of border community) or exemption applies.
  • All green Zone permits have expired
  • Only commercial freight, agricultural and essential services workers or people temporarily transiting through NSW (from another State or a Territory) can apply for a permit to enter Victoria

Travel from Greater Brisbane 

Following the 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area on Friday 8 January 2021 and National Cabinet declaring Greater Brisbane a national hotspot, Victorians in Greater Brisbane can only enter Victoria if granted an exemption. Exemptions are limited and granted only in special cases.

Advice about Domestic Travel Restrictions and entry into Victoria

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. 

These are some key points and for more details go to: Domestic travel Restrictions - Entry to Victoria 

What are the COVIDSafe Summer rules?

From 11:59 pm 18 December 2020 you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an airport terminal. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask while on your flight. 

From 11:59 pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moves to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

This means that:

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Wearing a face mask is only mandatory on public transport, while in taxis or rideshare vehicles, or when in large retail venues, including shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended indoors and outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria to stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record-keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service.
  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs can open for seated and unseated service. They must use electronic record-keeping and apply the two square metre rule to ensure that customers have enough room to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others. There are no other limits on the number of customers. Venues can have up to 25 people before the two square metre rule needs to be applied.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on the number of guests or attendees. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance the venue must apply the two square metre rule. If a service is conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (30 visitors).
  • Dance floors can reopen in bars and pubs as well as at weddings. The four-square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people on the dancefloor at one time if space allows.
  • There are also changes to the number of people allowed at community facilities such as libraries, sporting facilities (such as gyms), and entertainment facilities (such as cinemas).

For more information about the current restrictions go to the How we live - Information for all Victorians web page.

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