COVIDSafe Summer – restrictions apply from 11:59pm 17 February 2021
From 11:59pm 17 February 2021 Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions – with some revised conditions.
These restrictions are designed to balance allowing Victorians to get back to doing the things they love while also putting in place measures to protect all that Victorians have worked so hard for.
This means that:
- There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home.
- You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
- Face masks continue to be mandatory indoors (other than residential homes). This includes workplaces.
- Face masks are also mandatory outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (except with people from your own home).
- You can have up to 5 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- Up to 20 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
- No limits on travel to regional Victoria.
- No limits on interstate travel (but you need to check the visiting state’s entry conditions).
- Schools and education providers are open.
- Workers able to return onsite if required. Return to work for up to 50 per cent of office-based workers.
- There are still limits on visiting and accessing hospitals and care facilities, but some of the earlier restrictions have been eased.
- Large indoor venues, such as the NGV and Princess Theatre, can open for up to 50 per cent capacity of the total venue with a maximum of 300 patrons in each space. Density caps apply to non-seated areas.
- Indoor seated entertainment venues also have limits of 50 per cent of seating capacity and up to 300 patrons per space.
- Outdoor entertainment venues have limits of 75 per cent capacity and up to 1000 patrons. Density caps apply to non-seated areas.
- Hospitality and retail venues can re-open. This includes personal services like beauty and hairdressing.
- Gyms can re-open, along with community facilities and community sport.
- Accommodation providers can also re-open, in line with private gathering requirements. That means a booking can be made by a household, or by five friends.
- Weddings, funerals and religious gatherings can occur with no limits on guests or attendees in commercial venues. To ensure people can keep 1.5 metres distance, the venue must apply the . If conducted in a private home, the private gathering limit applies (5 visitors, the celebrant and a photographer are not counted).
- continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open. Businesses that are required to record the details of visitors should use electronic record keeping or QR codes. The Victorian Government has a .
Everyone wants to get back to normal but we also need to stay safe. We are asking Victorians to stay safe by getting tested and practicing COVIDSafe behaviours. This is especially important as we see friends and family, celebrate together, travel together and move around Victoria and Australia. Coronavirus is still present in Australia and we must all be vigilant and play our part to reduce the spread.
Reviewed 17 February 2021