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Entertainment and culture

Find information about how restrictions affect entertainment and culture in Victoria.

Restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021 restrictions are in place in metropolitan Melbourne:

  • Entertainment venues can open with up to 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check-in.
  • Arcades, bingo centres and escape rooms can open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm or no more than 100 people per venue, whichever is less. A COVID Check-in Marshal must be present at all entrances to request attendees check in.
  • Karaoke bars can open with seated service only, (COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check-in at these venues). A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm appliesv or a maximum of 100 people per venue, whichever is less.
  • Indoor and outdoor tourism services can re-open. A patron cap of 10 people applies for tours and tour transport vehicles, and tour groups must follow limits and density requirements that apply to any venue they enter or pass through. Only one tour group can attend an indoor or outdoor space at a time, unless a reasonable distance can be maintained between each tour group at all times. Face masks are required indoors and outdoors, including on a tour bus, unless an exception applies.
  • Tourism accommodation is open. Individual bookings are permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubble in line with gathering limits.
  • Travel to Alpine Resorts in regional Victoria is permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours prior to entering the resort and workers must be tested within the previous seven days prior to entering the resort. Children under 12 years do not need to receive a negative COVID test to travel to an Alpine Resort. A person travelling to an Alpine Resort must be able to provide evidence of their negative COVID-19 test as a condition of entry. Exceptions apply for certain people (e.g. providing essential services).
  • Casinos are open with a maximum of 100 people in each indoor space, and the amount of people in any indoor or outdoor space limited to the density quotient (1 person per 4 sqm). A COVID Check-in Marshal must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check-in at the casino.
  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors unless an exception applies. For more information, see face masks.
  • When visiting any venue, 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.

How can I stay COVIDSafe at an entertainment venue?

You must check in upon entry using the Service Victoria QR Code app, regardless of the duration of your visit.

You must wear your face mask when indoors and outdoors, unless an exception applies.

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

You may remove your mask if eating or drinking, but you must put your mask back on once you have finished. You should also maintain 1.5 metres distance from others where possible.  

How many people can go to the theatre?

Indoor entertainment venues can open with up to 100 people per indoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances and ensure attendees check-in.

Venue limits exclude infants under 12 months old.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors , unless an exception applies. For more information, see face masks.

Venues are required to ensure visitors check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of the visit.

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

What is the maximum number of people who can visit the zoo?

Outdoor entertainment venues including zoos can open with up to 300 people per outdoor space and 100 per indoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check-in.

Other outdoor non-seated venues include gardens, sculpture parks or a petting zoo.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless an exception applies.

Are amusement parks open?

Yes, amusement parks can open with up to 100 people per indoor space and 300 people per outdoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies in non-seated areas. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to request attendees check-in.

Can I go to the drive-in cinema?

Yes. Drive-in cinemas can open and operate at full capacity with the following requirements:

  • attendees must not be seated outside of their cars
  • for food and drink facilities and bathroom facilities, a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies, excluding children under 12 months.
  • a COVID Check-In Marshal must be present at all entrances and at all times
  • face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless an exception applies.
  • Venues are required to ensure visitors check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR code app, regardless of the duration of the visit.

Do I need to keep my mask on throughout a movie or performance?

Yes, you must wear a face mask throughout the indoor movie or performance, unless an exception applies.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless an exception applies.

You may remove your mask if eating or drinking, but you must put your mask back on once you have finished.

Can I book tourism accommodation or a tour in Melbourne or interstate?

Yes, tourism accommodation is open. Individual bookings are permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubble in line with private gathering limits.

Children under 12 months are not included in the visitor cap, or dependants that cannot be left unattended and alternative care cannot be arranged.

Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours prior to entering the resort. Workers must have had a negative COVID test within the previous seven days prior to entering the resort. Children under 12 years do not need to receive a negative COVID test to travel to an Alpine Resort. It is a condition of travelling to an Alpine Resort that all people required to receive a negative COVID test must be able to produce evidence of this negative result. Exceptions apply for certain people (eg. providing essential services).

Interstate travel for Victorians is subject to the laws relating to the state you wish to enter. For more information, see Travel updates.

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.

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.

Can I go to rehearsals for dance or acting?

Yes. Dancing or acting rehearsals indoors at a community facility have a cap of 10 performers per group, plus the teacher.

You must wear a face mask during your indoor and outdoor lessons unless it would impede the performance, when strenuously exercising, 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.

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

What restrictions apply if the entertainment venue has a restaurant or cafe?

Restaurants or cafes within these facilities must follow the restrictions that apply to them. More information is available at cafes and restaurants.

Can I go to the TAB and other retail betting venues?

Yes. TABs, KENO and other retail betting venues are open in both retail and licensed premises subject to relevant restrictions. A density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm applies or a maximum of 100 people per venue (whichever is smaller). COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances and ensure attendees check-in.

A retail betting area within a hospitality venue can open, but the broader hospitality caps and limits apply.

Check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of your visit.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors , unless an exception applies.

Can I play the pokies?

Yes, electronic gaming venues can open with up to 100 people per venue or the 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies (whichever is smaller). COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances and ensure attendees check-in.

Gaming machines must either be spaced out at least 1.5 metres apart, or every second machine should be closed.

Can I go to a nightclub?

Yes, nightclubs can open but only for seated service, so long as a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm is maintained or no more than 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller). Dancefloors are closed.

You must remain seated at the venue, except when ordering food or drink, using toilets or entering and leaving the facility. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check in.

Can I go to a karaoke bar or booth?

Karaoke bars can open with seated service only, so long as a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm is maintained or no more than 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller). Dance floors are closed. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check in.

You must remain seated at the venue, except when ordering food or drink, using toilets or entering and leaving the facility.

It is strongly recommended performers keep at least 2 metres distance from each other, and at least 5 metres from the audience where practicable.

It is strongly recommended that the karaoke microphone is cleaned between users.

Can I go to a brothel or sex on premises venue?

Yes. Brothels, sex on premises and sexually explicit venues can open with a venue cap of up to 100 or the 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies (whichever is smaller). COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances to ensure attendees check in

Can I go to the casino?

Yes. Casinos can open up to 100 people per indoor space. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in each indoor or outdoor space. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present at all entrances and ensure attendees check-in. Each gaming machine must be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart or every second machine is closed. Any dancefloor at the casino is closed. Additionally, a COVIDSafe Plan must be published on the casino’s website and all workers must complete an online COVID-19 training package.

Reviewed 28 July 2021

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