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Find information about how COVIDSafe Summer restrictions affect community services in Victoria.

COVIDSafe Summer – restrictions apply from 11:59pm 6 December 2020.

From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings. 

These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time. 

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations: 
    • on public transport
    • when riding in a ride share or taxi
    • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
    • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
    • inside indoor markets
    • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
    • at airports
    • in hospitals
    • when working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities.
  • You must always carry a face mask with you 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.

Under COVIDSafe Summer restrictions, community services and local government facilities in Victoria can operate as follows: 

  • Libraries and toy libraries can open. The two square metre rule is the only limit on the number of people who can attend. No group limits apply. 
  • Record keeping is required for all community facilities no matter what density quotient is applied.  For venues that use the two square metre rule, electronic record keeping must be used. Otherwise the four square metre rule applies where manual record keeping is used.
  • Libraries can operate activities in an outdoor area, applying the two square metre rule.  
  • Toy libraries can operate. The two square metre rule is the only limit on the number of people who can attend. No group limits apply.
  • Community facilities can open. The two square metre rule is the only limit on the number of people who can attend. No group limits apply. 
  • Community facilities or libraries that provide an essential service such as food banks, services for people experiencing homelessness or support groups can continue to provide those services.
  • For information on music, singing, acting lessons and practice visit entertainment and culture.
  • 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).

Can a recreational facility open?

Yes. Facilities such as community centres and public halls can be used for activities. The facility must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue.  No group limits apply. A community facility applying the two square metre rule must use electronic record keeping. Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service available.

Activities can be held indoors or outdoors. The facility must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. 

Can a recreational facility be used for charitable or community service?

Yes. Facilities such as community services and public halls can still be used to deliver essential services. This includes food banks or services for people experiencing homelessness.

Always keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others and wear masks when it is not possible to socally distance. 

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

Essential support groups such as drug and alcohol support groups can continue to operate. No group limits apply. 

The facility must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend the facility is determined by the size of the venue. The two square metre rule is the only limit on the number of people who can attend, and only applies if electronic record keeping is used. Otherwise the four square metre rule applies if manual record keeping is used.

Record keeping is not required in relation to essential support groups and health services if confidentiality is typically required. Support groups where confidentiality is not typically required should still collect records of those who attend for more than 15 minutes.

Activities can be held indoors or outdoors. The facility must apply the two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. 

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.

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. The facility must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue.

A community facility applying the two square metre rule must use electronic record keeping. Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies. The Victorian Government has a free QR code service available.

Activities can be held indoors or outdoors. You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces.

Can my child go to playgroup?

Yes. In-person playgroups in Victoria can operate. They can be held indoors or outdoors.  No group limits apply.  If held at an indoor facility, the facility must apply the two square metre rule and use electronic record keeping, otherwise the four square metre rule applies. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend is determined by the size of the venue and ensures people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them.

If activities are held in an outdoor public setting, public gathering limits of 100 people apply, excluding infants under 12 months of age. Playgroups in private homes will need to apply the private gathering limit of 30 visitors to a home, not including infants under 12 months.

Reviewed 23 January 2021

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