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Find information about how restrictions affect community services.

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021:

  • restrictions are in place in community facilities including libraries, and can open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm, with no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space.  
  • Community facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app. 
  • Outdoor communal exercise, skateparks or playground equipment space are open for use by the public.   
  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors unless an exception applies. For more information, see face masks
  • You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, do not attend a community facility. Stay home and get tested. 

Can I go to the library? 

Yes, you can go to the library. You must wear a face mask while indoors or outdoors at the library, unless you have a lawful exception. 

Density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm apply, with no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space (not including infants under 12) 

You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested. 

Can I use exercise equipment or go to a playground or skatepark? 

Yes. Outdoor communal exercise, skateparks or playground equipment space are open for use by the public.  

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless you have a lawful exception. 

If you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested. 

Can a support group be held in a community or recreational facility? 

Yes, essential support groups such as drug and alcohol support groups can operate indoors at a community venue or facility. A total cap of 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space and density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies. 

You should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless you have a lawful exception.  

You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 

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

Yes.  A community or recreational facility can be used for a wedding or funeral.   

You can have a wedding with up to 50 people, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. A celebrant and a photographer are in addition the cap. Infants under 12 months are not included in this limit. Dancefloors are not permitted.   

You can have a funeral with up to 50 people at a community or recreational facility, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule. Those needed to conduct the funeral are in addition to this cap.   

For more information about funerals and weddings, see Religion and Ceremony

Can a community facility be used for a community event? 

Yes. You can have up to 100 people per space indoors and 300 people per space outdoors and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies. Group limits of 10 apply and staff are not included in the overall cap of attendees.  

Can my child go to playgroup? 

Yes. Playgroups can operate indoors at a community venue or facility with no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space and a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies.You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 

Playgroups can operate outdoors in a public place with up to 10 participants per group (excluding infants under 12 months old) in line with the public gathering limits.  

Private gatherings are not allowed. This means that you cannot go to or host a playgroup at a private residence. 

If you or your child is feeling unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get tested. 

Can I go to an art lesson or class at a community facility?   

Yes. You can attend an art lesson, class or practice at a community facility.  A density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies to community facilities and no more than 100 per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space. No group limits apply. You must wear a face mask during your lessons indoors and outdoors unless an exception applies. You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 

If you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested. 

Can I go to rehearsals for dance or acting? 

Yes. You must wear a face mask during your indoor and outdoor lessons unless you are out of breath or puffing, or another lawful exception applies. You should keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others.  

Caps for outdoor dancing or acting rehearsals are subject to the capacity limits of the venue that you are rehearsing in. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies to community facilities and no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space. Groups are limited to 10 people. You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested. 

I’m a musician or in a band – can I perform at a community facility? 

Yes, you can hold a performance at an indoor or outdoor community facility but will need to follow current restrictions. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres applies to community facilities and no more than 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space. 

Band members (except singers and woodwind or brass musicians) must wear a face mask while they perform indoors or outdoors, unless an exception applies.  

To keep customers, staff and performers safe, it is strongly recommended that:  

Performers keep at least 2 metres distance from each other.  

Performers should be distanced at least five metres from the audience where practicable.  

If you are feeling unwell, do not perform. Stay home and get tested. 

You can find advice and more information on current restrictions by visiting Arts and recreation services sector guidance. 

You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and get tested. 

Can I live-stream performances from a community facility without an audience? 

Yes, you can live-stream a performance without a live audience at your venue. 

You should ensure music performers maintain at least 2 metres between themselves and others. They must wear face masks unless it impedes the performance, or another lawful exception applies. Technicians must wear a face mask if working indoors and outdoors (unless an exception applies) and should maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.  

Band members (except singers and woodwind or brass musicians) must wear a face mask while they perform indoors and outdoors unless an exception applies.  

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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