Arts and entertainment services sector guidance

Sector guidance for arts and entertainment services businesses within Victoria.

COVIDSafe Summer — new restrictions apply from 11:59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January face masks will no longer be mandatory in most public indoor settings.

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Find out more about COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Information to help your business Stay Safe and Stay Open

Every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow the six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.

Also see:

For a summary of COVIDSafe Summer restrictions and Q&As for the creative industries visit the Creative Victoria website.

Industry Restart Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Updated: 22 January 2021

Read below for answers to frequently asked questions for businesses in the arts and entertainment sector. 

What are the current face mask requirements?

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.

For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see Face masks page. 

Face masks are strongly recommended in all settings whenever a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others cannot be maintained. 

  • No, workers are not included in the density quotient. In galleries and museums, the density quotient applies to the number of patrons in a space. Venues and facilities can have the number of workers reasonably required to operate the business, in addition to the density quotient for patrons. 

    Find out more about density quotients.

  • The number of students you can teach at any time is determined by the density quotient that applies to your studio. 

    For venues using electronic record keeping, such as QR code technology, the density quotient is one person per two square metres. For venues using paper based record keeping, the density quotient  is one person per four square metres.

    You and your students should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres distance from each other.

    If the class is held indoors, the indoor venue should be well ventilated. This can be achieved by opening doors and windows. 

  • In indoor studios, it is recommended that no more than five non-professional performers sing or play wind instruments at any one time.

    If the rehearsal is held indoors, the indoor venue should be well ventilated. This can be achieved by opening doors and windows. 

    If you are participating in a music or singing rehearsal it is recommended that you keep at least two metres from other people in the rehearsal.  If performing in front of an audience, musicians and singers are strongly recommended to stay five metres away from the audience , where possible. 

  • A maximum of 50 people are allowed on a dance floor, subject to the density quotient of one person per four square metres. These requirements do not apply if the venue is for the exclusive use of a single school outside school hours.

    For further information see the Restricted Activity Directions.

  • Public Events may occur in accordance with the Public Events Framework.

    See the Public Events Framework for further information.

Reviewed 22 January 2021

Coronavirus Victoria

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and the Industry Coordination Centre

The Business Victoria hotline provides information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15

Contact Business Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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