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Community services - regional Victoria

Find information about how current restrictions affect community services in regional Victoria.

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59 pm on Thursday, 17 June 2021, if you live in regional Victoria:

  • Indoor and outdoor community facilities including libraries can open with density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 300 per venue (whichever is smaller). Maximum group sizes of 50 people apply. Babies under 12 months are not counted in these limits. 
  • Smaller community facilities less than 600 sqm can operate at 1 person per 2 sqm or a venue cap of 150 (whichever is smaller), providing they have a COVID-19 marshal at the entrance making sure every attendee checks in with the Service Victoria QR code
  • Check in is required upon entry using the Service Victoria QR Code app.   
  • Face masks must be worn indoors, unless an exception applies. Facemasks are strongly recommended outdoors if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, do not attend a community facility. Stay home and get tested. 

Examples of other community facilities are:  

  • community centres and halls  
  • toy libraries 
  • public libraries 
  • outdoor community exercise equipment or skatepark 
  • community creative arts facility 
  • men's sheds 
  • youth centres  
  • Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs)  
  • community clubs

FAQs

Can I go to the library?

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

Density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 300 people (whichever is smaller). 

Smaller facilities (less than 600sqm) can operate at 1 per 2 sqm or a venue cap of 150 (whichever is smaller) providing they have a COVID-19 marshal validating every attendee checks in with a Service Victoria QR code. 

You will need to check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app.   

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

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

Yes. Any indoor play equipment at a community facility will need to comply with the density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm and maximum venue cap of 300 people. 

Maximum group sizes of 50 people apply.  

Outdoor exercise or playground equipment at community facilities can operate subject to the public gathering limit of 50 people per group . 

Face masks must be worn indoors, unless you have a lawful exception. Face masks are strongly recommended outdoors if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others. 

You will need to check in to community facilities upon entry using the Service Victoria app.   

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

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 provide essential services. This includes food banks or services for people experiencing homelessness.  

Always keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others. You must wear a face mask when indoors, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. It is strongly recommended you wear a mask outdoors if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from other people. 

If you feel unwell, stay home and get tested. 

Find out about emergency accommodation for people in Victoria who need support to self-isolate safely

Can a support group be held in a community facility? 

Yes, essential support groups such as drug and alcohol support groups can continue to operate. 

These support groups can have up to 50 people per group, with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or up to 300 people (whichever is smaller). 

You should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. A face mask must be worn indoors unless you have a lawful reason not to do so. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask outdoors if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from others.  

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 indoors and outdoors, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule, and the wedding must adhere to seated service requirements. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. A celebrant and a photographer are in addition the cap.  Babies under 12 months are not included in this limit. Dancefloors are not permitted. 

You can have a funeral with up to 100 people indoors or outdoors, subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.  

People who live in metropolitan Melbourne may attend a funeral or wedding in regional Victoria.  

For more information about funerals and weddings, refer to: Religion and Ceremonies – Regional Victoria.

Can my child go to playgroup? 

Yes. In-person playgroups in regional Victoria can operate. A maximum group size of 50 people applies at a community facility, with up to 300 people subject to the 4 sqm rule. 

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 with up to 50 people, plus the teacher. You must wear a face mask during your indoor lessons unless an exception applies. 

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

Can I go to rehearsals for dance or acting? 

Yes. Indoor dancing or acting rehearsals have a cap of 50 performers, plus the teacher. You must wear a face mask during your indoor lessons unless it would impede performance, or another lawful exception applies. You should keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others.  

Caps for indoor and outdoor dancing or acting rehearsals are subject to the capacity limits of the venue that you are rehearsing in, with group size always limited to 50 people. 

When outdoors, it is strongly recommended you wear a face mask if you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.  

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

Can I go to a rehearsal for singing or music? 

Yes. Where possible, consider moving the rehearsal outdoors. If the rehearsal is held in a community facility indoors, the indoor venue should be well ventilated. Fans are not recommended in enclosed indoor spaces.  

Participants in a music or singing rehearsal are strongly recommended to ensure appropriate physical distancing of two meters from each other. It is also recommended that performers remain 5 metres away from the audience. 

For information about gathering limits, refer to: Can I go to rehearsals for dancing or acting? above. 

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

For more information about entertainment and performing arts venues, refer to: Entertainment and Culture – Regional Victoria.

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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