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Find information about how COVIDSafe Settings affect community services in Victoria.

Summary

Under COVIDSafe Settings community facilities and local government facilities in Victoria can operate as follows:

  • No patron caps or group limits apply, but all community facilities must apply the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule.
  • Record keeping is required for all community facilities. 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 April 23).
  • Examples of other community facilities are:
    • community centres and halls
    • men's sheds
    • public libraries (including toy libraries)
    • youth centres
    • Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs)
    • community clubs
    • RSL clubs (sporting facilities component).
  • For information on music, singing, acting lessons and practice visit Entertainment and culture.

What are the requirements for recreational facilities?

Facilities such as community centres and public halls are open for both indoor and outdoor recreational activities. No group caps apply, but the facility must apply the one person per two square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue.  All community facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface 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.

Can a community facility be used for a wedding or funeral?

A community or recreational facility can be used for a wedding or funeral. More information is available on the religion and ceremony page.

There are no patron caps, but the facility must apply the one person per two square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue.

All community facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface 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.

Face masks must be carried at all times when you leave home and are recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (except with people from your own home).

Can I hire a community centre or hall for a party?

Yes. Facilities such as community centres and public halls can be hired for parties. There are no patron caps, but facilities must apply the one person per two square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue.

All community facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface 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.

Face masks must be carried at all times when you leave home and are recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (except with people from your own home).

Can clubs and groups meet?

Yes. Clubs and groups can meet, and the meetings can be held indoors or outdoors. The following restrictions apply:

  • No group caps apply at the venue but the 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible floorspace rule applies. 
  • All community facilities must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to 23 April 2021). During any time that there is a failure in accessing the electronic record keeping (for example internet connection issues), then venues must use another form of record keeping for the relevant period.
  • Where a community facility is being used to provide an essential support group or health service where confidentiality is typically required, an employer is not required to comply with the records requirement.  For example, some support groups for alcohol and drugs or family violence require confidentiality. 
  • Groups gathering at a private residence are subject to the private gathering limit of 100 visitors to a home. 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. 

More information COVIDSafe meetings for clubs and groups:

Do clubs and groups need to keep records?

Yes. Clubs and groups must use electronic record keeping through the free Victorian Government QR Service or Victorian Government Application Programming Interface linked digital system (venues will have a 28-day compliance amnesty in place to 23 April 2021). During any time that there is a failure in accessing the electronic record keeping (for example internet connection issues), then venues must use another form of record keeping for the relevant period.

Can food and drinks be served as part of, or after, a club meeting?

Food or drink can be served as part of a club meeting or gathering but consider asking people to bring their own food, drinks, glasses and utensils to help limit the potential spread of the virus.

If food is being provided, it is best to avoid food that requires people to use shared utensils or serving spoons such as share platters. It is better for one person to serve or distribute food or drinks. For example, one person should manage the hot water urn for tea and another person or people should be in charge of serving food.

Do people need to wear face masks while at club or group meetings?

Face masks must be carried at all times when you leave home and are strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

For more information see Face masks.

Reviewed 09 April 2021

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