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Entertainment and culture - regional Victoria

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

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021 restrictions are in place across regional Victoria.

  • Entertainment venues can open with cap of 1,000 patrons per outdoor space (including up to 300 patrons per indoor space) subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm for non-seated areas. 
  • A maximum of 50 people per group or booking applies.
  • Venues with seating must also only operate at 75% of outdoor seated capacity, and 50% indoor seated capacity. This includes cinemas and theatres.
  • Drive-in cinemas are capped at up to 300 patrons subject to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.
  • There is no cap if a venue is used exclusively by a single school.
  • Public events remain suspended unless approved under the Public Events Framework.
  • Tours including walking, cycling and vehicle tours are open with a cap of up to 50 patrons and the minimum number of people required to operate the tour. 
  • Face masks must be worn indoors unless a lawful exception applies. It’s strongly recommended face masks are worn outdoors where you cannot maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.
  • You must check in at all recreation venues using the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app, regardless of the duration of your visit.

Can I go to a music or theatre show with friends and family?

Yes, you can go to an entertainment venue with up to 50 people per booking.

Entertainment venues are capped at 1,000 patrons per outdoor space, including up to 300 patrons per indoor space. Seated venues must also only operate at 75% seated capacity outdoors, and 50% seated capacity indoors.  

You must wear a face mask indoors, except while eating or drinking or unless an exception applies.

You must check in to the venue with the Service Victoria app, to keep Victoria safe and open. If you are unwell with symptoms, stay home and get a COVID-19 test.

Do I need to wear a mask while at a gig or at the cinema?

You must wear a mask while indoors, this includes if you need to enter an indoor section of a venue, including a restroom, or are going indoors to place an order or pay your bill, unless a lawful exception applies.

It is also recommended you wear a face mask when outdoors if you cannot maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.

Can I invite my friends or family from metropolitan Melbourne to go to an entertainment venue?

Yes, there are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The restrictions of the venue apply to all guests.

If anyone is feeling unwell with symptoms, they should stay home and get a COVID-19 test.

Different rules apply for Alpine resort venues. For more information, see Travel.

Can I go to the zoo or amusement park?

Yes, you can go to outdoor entertainment venues, including zoos and amusement parks, in a group of up to 50 people.

Outdoor entertainment venues are open with up to 1 person per 4 sqm and capped at 1,000 people per space outdoors and 300 patrons per space indoors.

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

Accommodation bookings are permitted.

There are no restrictions on travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The restrictions of the venue apply to all guests.

For more information, see Travel for more information.

Interstate travel for Victorians is subject to the laws relating to the state you wish to enter.

I’m a musician or in a band – how can I stay safe while performing?  

To keep everyone safe, band members (except singers and woodwind or brass musicians while performing) must wear a face mask while they perform if indoors unless a lawful 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 5 metres from the audience where practicable. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, do not perform. Stay home and get tested.

Audience members must wear a face mask in all indoor settings, and in outdoor settings where physical distancing of at least 1.5m from others cannot be maintained.

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

How many people are allowed in retail betting venues, electronic gaming or bingo centres?

Up to 300 patrons are allowed  per venue. The 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies.

If the venue is in a larger hospitality facility, then the patron cap on that larger venue applies along with the number of patrons in other parts of that facility.

How many people can go to the arcade or an escape room?

As with other indoor entertainment venues, up to 300 patrons are allowed indoors per space. The 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies.

Is sex on premises, brothels and sexually explicit venues still open?

Yes. As with other indoor entertainment venues, up to 300 patrons are allowed indoors per space. The 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies.

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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