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The world is in a difficult time right now with the coronavirus (COVID-19), making people unsure about what's going on and if we're safe.

Confirmed cases have thankfully have reached 0 in Victoria due to all our hard work, so it's important we stay up-to-date with the changing restriction happening throughout the State, so you and your family and friends can stay safe.

Below are the latest Victorian priority restriction updates. The full list of restrictions can be found at the DHHS website.

 

Victorian restrictions

FROM 11.59PM ON 17 JANUARY 2021

Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in regional Victoria

COVIDSafe principles
  • Wear a mask indoors (this includes only be mandatory on all domestic flights, at airports, in hospitals, on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles, at supermarkets and other large indoor retail locations, including shopping centres)
  • Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
  • Keep physical distancing
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
  • Good hand hygiene

Fines

  • Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:
    • refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
    • refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
    • refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information 
  • Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system. 
  • People who do not wear a face mask and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.  

 

Social

  • Leave home: No restriction on reasons to leave home but stay safe.
  • Public gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather outdoors from any number of households, infants under 12 months are not included in the cap.
  • Visitors to the home: Up to 15 visitors can visit a home in a day (infants under 12 months are not counted in the cap). Visitors may be from any number of households and may visit either together or separately. Front and backyards are considered part of the home.

Face masks

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • You must wear a face mask indoors. This includes on public transport, while in taxis or ride share vehicles, or when going to large retail venues, including shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Education and childcare

  • Childcare and early education: Open.
  • Schools: Onsite learning.
  • Adult education: Open with no density quotient required in classroom settings.

Work

  • Continued phased return to on-site work for workers who have been working from home, capped at no more than 25 per cent of a workforce on-site. Offices will be able to increase to 50 per cent from 18 January 2021 – or for workplaces with fewer than 40 staff, up to 20 staff onsite – subject to public health advice.
  • The Victorian Public Service can commence a phased return to work at 25 per cent from 18 January subject to public health advice.
  • All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
  • A full list of Business and Industry information can be found here.

Eating and drinking out

  • Hospitality
    • 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.
    • 1 person per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people.
    • All venues are required to use electronic record keeping when applying 1 person per 2 sqm. In venues not using electronic record it's 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
  • Food courts
    • Indoor and outdoor food courts open with 1 person per 2 sqm.
    • No patron cap for indoor food courts.

Exercise and recreation

  • Indoor physical recreation and community sport
    • No patron caps with 1 person per 4sqm for 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, 1 person per 8 sqm applies.
    • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside, wipes and disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
    • Record keeping is required and venues with 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 with 1 person 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 1 person per 4 sqm.
    • Outdoor pools open with a 1 person per 2 sqm.
    • Record keeping is required.

Ceremonies and special occasions

  • Weddings
    • No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors
    • 1 person per 2 sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • If held in a private residence, up to 30 guests can attend. 1 person per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people
  • Sorry Business
    • No maximum attendee caps indoors or outdoors, 1 person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • If held in a private residence, up to 30 guests can attend.
  • Ceremonies and religious gatherings
    • 1 person per 2sqm applies.
    • Venues with 1 person per 2sqm must use electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person 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 1 person per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping.
    • If not using electronic record keeping 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • Creative arts facilities
    • No patron caps with 1 person per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping.

Real estate

  • Inspections and auctions operating with 1 person per 2sqm, subject to use of electronic record keeping. 
  • If not using electronic record keeping 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Entertainment facilities

  • Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors) open
    • Up to 75 per cent of fixed seated capacity with maximum patron cap of 1000 people, 1 person per 2sqm in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
    • Arrangements for large events determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.

 

  • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries)
    • Open, up to 50 per cent total capacity with maximum patron cap of 1000 people.
    • 1 person per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
    • Arrangements for large events determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.
  • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as Zoos, live museums)
    • Open, 1 person per 2sqm when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Group limits removed.
    • Indoor spaces at outdoor venues open, subject to restrictions relevant to the space (e.g. hospitality or retail). Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres
    • Open, no maximum patron caps and 1 person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
  • Drive in cinemas
    • Open, in areas outside of vehicles with 1 person per 2sqm applies when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Amusement parks
    • Open, up to 75 per cent of venue capacity.
    • 1 person per 4sqm applies indoors. 1 person per 2sqm applies outdoors, when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.
  • Gaming
    • Open, with a density quotient of 1 person 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, 1 person 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.
      • 1 person per 4sqm on a dancefloor up to a maximum of 50 people.
      • 1 person per 2sqm elsewhere in the venue, with no maximum patron limit.
      • Electronic record keeping required.

Shopping, hairdressing and personal care

  • Retail: (e.g. supermarkets, other retail)
    • 1 person per 2sqm, with record keeping where practicable.
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services
    • 1 person per 2sqm applies, when using electronic record keeping.
    • In venues not using electronic record 1 person per 4 sqm applies.
    • Face masks no longer required.

Accommodation and travel

  • Accommodation
    • Bookings restricted to the private gathering limit.
    • The person or household booking the accommodation can have up to 30 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
  • No restrictions on purpose, number or time limits of visits.
  • Symptomatic individuals (e.g. sore throat), close contacts and returned international travellers excluded from visiting.

 

 

 

Wearing masks and face coverings information

If you test positive to COVID-19 and need to take time off work to isolate

There is a one-off $1,500 worker support payment available to support Victorian workers who have to self-isolate. People should call 1800 675 398 (option 8) to register for support. There is also a $300 payment for any worker tested for coronavirus who needs to take time off work while awaiting results.

 

If you feel sick 

Available who shows symptoms of coronavirus, such as breathing difficulties, sore throat, cough, and fever can go for a free test.

  • Get tested if you're not feeling well. Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where.
  • Talk with our employer and try to work-from-home for 14 days (if you’re well enough) if you're showing any symptoms of, or have been to exposed to any confirmed persons with COVID-19.
  • Contact your employer and self-isolate for 14 days, if you've just returned from overseas.  
  • Keep-up-to date with the latest COVID-19 information

We're a high-risk group (due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease) so it's important that if we have coronavirus symptoms - we get tested early.

 

Call your local ACCO or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398 to see where you can get tested.