The world is in a difficult time right now with the coronavirus (COVID-19), is making people unsure about what's going on and if we're safe.
Confirmed cases are at zero now 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.
FROM 6.00PM ON Friday 26 March 2021
Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in regional Victoria
- Don't go to work if you feel sick or unwell
- Keep physical distancing
- Cough and sneeze into tissue or elbow
- Good hand hygiene
These changes are designed to balance getting Victorians back to doing the things they love while keeping in place measures to protect all that Victorians have worked so hard for.
- You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
- Face masks must be worn in the following settings, unless an exception applies:
- on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
- by visitors to a hospital or care facility (while indoors)
- on flights to and from Victoria
- indoors at airports
- if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
- while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
- while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.
- You can have up to 100 visitors to your home per day. The visitor cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- Up to 200 people can meet outdoors in a public place. The cap includes dependants but not infants under 12 months old. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- No travel limits.
- Travellers to Victoria from other Australian states or territories, or from Green Zone Countries, must apply for a Victorian Travel Permit, unless an exception or exemption applies. Exceptions only apply in limited circumstances.
- Travellers must comply with the requirements of their permit, including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine or self-isolation requirements (as applicable).
Work, study and volunteering
- On-site office work is no longer capped. Workers in the private and public sectors can return to work at 100 per cent capacity.
- Density limit of 1 person per two square metres applies.
- All workplaces with on-site workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.
Hospitals and care facilities
- There are no limits on the number of people who may visit or access hospitals or care facilities.
- Face masks must be worn by visitors to hospitals and care facilities (whilst indoors), unless an exception applies.
- Seated venues (indoor and outdoor) up to 75 per cent capacity of the total venue with a maximum of 1,000 patrons in each space. Density limits apply to non-seated areas.
- Non seated venues (indoor) up to 75 per cent of capacity, with a maximum of 1000 patrons in each space. Density limits apply.
- Non seated venues (outdoor) do not have patron caps but density limits apply
- No cap on dance floors. Density limits apply, depending on the venue type.
- Casinos to 75 per cent of venue capacity.
- Removal of gaming machine caps.
- All venues must use the Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping.
Sport and exercise
- No cap on gym and exercise classes (indoors or outdoors).
- Indoor physical recreation and community sports facilities can operate subject to changed density limits of 1 per 2sqm when staffed.
- Density limit of 1 person per two square metres. Except for unstaffed gyms, which must apply a density limit of 1 person per four square metres.
- No visitor caps but density limits continue to apply.
- No limits on booking sizes.
- However, private gatherings at accommodation are capped at the booking household (and the intimate partners of anyone in the booking household) plus up to 100 people from any number of households. Infants 12 months and under are excluded from private gathering limits.
- No dancefloor caps.
- Tourism spaces and groups – no patron caps but density limits apply
Religion and ceremony
- Weddings, Sorry Business and religious gatherings can occur in commercial venues.
- The density and capacity limits will depend on the type of venue.
- If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (100 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).
Electronic record keeping
- Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open.
- The following industries, venues and facilities must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital system, to maintain electronic record keeping from 26 March (a 28-day compliance amnesty will be in place until April 23):
- Physical recreation and community sport (indoor and outdoor)
- Pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms and springs
- Community venues and facilities (including libraries and toy libraries)
- Creative arts facilities
- Real estate
- Entertainment venues ( such as galleries, zoos and live museums)
- Arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres
- Drive-in cinemas
- Amusement parks
- Adult entertainment
- Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services
- Tourism spaces
- It is highly recommended that public markets, stalls, retail and shopping centres enable electronic record keeping via the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or API linked digital record keeping system from 26 March.
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.