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Cafes and restaurants

Find information about how COVIDSafe Settings affect restaurants and cafes in Victoria.

Summary

From 11:59pm on Friday 9 April 2021, Victoria has further relaxed its COVIDSafe Settings. 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.

Face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. For more information on when face masks must be worn, see When to wear a face mask.

Hospitality venues and businesses

  • All venues and businesses must keep records of their visitors and customers. This is mandatory, no matter what density quotient is applied.
  • All venues must apply the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule, except:
    • Food and drink facilities with an area smaller than 50 square metres do not need to apply the density limits, but are capped at 25 patrons. 
  • All venues must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to 23 April 2021). During any time that there is an access issue (for example internet connection issues), then venues must use another form of record keeping for the relevant period.
  • Karaoke venues and nightclubs move to the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule. This is in line with cafes, pubs and restaurants.
  • Dance floors are now open with no caps, but must apply the 1 person per two square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule.
  • If you own or manage a hospitality business, there are signs, posters and templates available to promote a COVIDSafe workplace and venue. You can find advice and more information by visiting Accommodation and food services sector guidance.

What actions do I need to take while dining out?

Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

Before you dine out

  • If you feel unwell you should stay at home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should get tested and  self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.  
  • Don’t forget your face mask. You must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless an exception applies.

While you are out

  • All restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and nightclubs must apply density limits to the number of customers allowed in their venues. This might mean that you have to wait for a table. Consider booking ahead of time. 
  • You must provide your contact details (name and phone number) to the venue, to help with contact tracing, if you are spending more than 15 minutes at the venue. Every cafe and restaurant must do this and this is in place to help with contract tracing. 
  • Wash or sanitise your hands when you arrive at the restaurant or café before you sit down to eat. 
  • Don’t share cutlery, plates or glasses.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • You must carry a mask when you leave your home.
  • It is recommended you wear a fitted face mask when you cannot keep 1.5 metres from others.

When you get home

  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Pubs, bars, nightclubs and hotels

Pubs, bars, nightclubs and hotels in Victoria can open for seated and standing service of food or drinks.

Restrictions apply to businesses including:

  • All venues must apply the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule, except: 
    • Food and drink facilities with an area smaller than 50sqm do not apply the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule and are instead capped to 25 patrons.
  • All venues must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Code Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to 23 April 2021). During any time that there is an access issue (for example internet connection issues), then venues must use another form of record keeping for the relevant period.
  • There are no limits on the size of the group you can dine in with, or sit or stand with.
  • If you are dining in, having seated service or staying longer than 15 minutes, then businesses must record your details (name and contact number) for contact tracing purposes.
  • The limit on the number of people who can attend at a venue is determined by the size of the venue. Dining can be indoors or outdoors. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers.
  • Venues with less than 50 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace can only accommodate up to 25 patrons.  
  • Dance floors, karaoke bars, and food courts are now open with no limits, except for the one person per two square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule.
  • Tables must be cleaned after every customer.
  • It is recommended you wear a fitted face mask when you cannot keep 1.5 metres from others except while eating or drinking.
  • To keep staff and customers safe businesses need to follow cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements in accordance with the directions currently in force.
  • If you own or manage a hospitality business, you can find advice and more information by visiting Accommodation and food services sector guidance.

Reviewed 15 April 2021

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