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Cafés and restaurants

Find information about how current restrictions affect restaurants and cafés in Victoria.

Summary of restrictions

Restrictions are in place in Victoria from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021:

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel but staying COVIDSafe remains important. 
  • Shops are open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm. While shopping you need to adhere to the patron limits per shop. This limit on patrons is in place to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance. 
  • Beauty and personal care services are open. Masks can be removed when needed to complete the treatment.  
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service. (Venues must have a COVID Check-in Marshal present to request attendees check-in at these venues). A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less. For restaurants and cafes that are less than 100 sqm, a venue cap of 25 applies instead. Group sizes are limited to 10 people.  
  • Food courts can also re-open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less (COVID Marshals must be present to monitor compliance with restrictions at these venues). 
  • You must remain seated at your table unless you are ordering, using the toilets or entering and leaving the venue. 
  • Nightclubs and karaoke venues can open for seated food and drink service only. Dancefloors are closed. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less. Venues must have a COVID Check-in Marshal present to request attendees check-in.  
  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when you are not eating or drinking, unless an exception applies. For more information, see face masks
  • Venues must ensure visitors use the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of the visit. 
  • If dining with people you don’t live with, you should also maintain good hand hygiene, and avoid physical contact and sharing food when you dine together. 

Are cafes and restaurants open for dine-in?  

Yes. Hospitality businesses including restaurants, pubs and cafés can offer seated dine-in services, and patron limits apply. 

Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present and request attendees check-in at these venues. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less. For restaurants and cafes that are less than 100 sqm, a venue cap of 25 applies instead. Group sizes are limited to 10 people. 

You must bring your face mask and wear it indoors and outdoors when not eating or drinking, unless an exception applies. You must also check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 

Do I need to wear a face mask if I am seated outdoors at a restaurant? 

Yes, unless you are eating or drinking or if another exception applies, you must wear a face mask indoors and outdoors.  When you are finished eating or drinking, you must put your mask back on. For more information, see face masks. 

You can also stay COVIDSafe when dining out by: 

You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app

At the venue, you must remain seated at your table unless you are ordering, using the toilets or entering and leaving the venue.  

If dining with people you don’t live with, you should also maintain good hand hygiene, and avoid physical contact and sharing food when you dine together. 

If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should get tested immediately and wait at home until you receive a negative result. 

How far can I travel to eat at a restaurant or pub?  

There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel in Victoria – this includes dining out. 

You must bring your face mask and wear it indoors and outdoors when not eating or drinking, unless an exception applies. You must also check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 

Can food courts open? 

Food courts can also re-open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less. COVID  Marshals must be present to monitor compliance with restrictions at these venues). 

QR codes must be displayed at every table. 

Are nightclubs or karaoke venues open? 

Nightclubs and karaoke venues can open for seated food and drink service only. Dancefloors are closed. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies or a venue cap of 100, whichever is less. 

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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